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Will the Property Council contribute to Canberra Brickworks conservation?

By TheYRA - 10 March 2015 5

The Yarralumla Residents Association (YRA) is not surprised by the recent enthusiastic response of the ACT Property Council’s Catherine Carter to the proposed massive development at the junction of Cotter Road, Yarra Glen and Adelaide Avenue, near the Canberra Brickworks.

It is good news that the ACT Government has increased funding for Brickworks conservation to $5 million. This will focus on the most important heritage listed kilns and associated chimneys and fanhouses. However, in 2010, Land Development Agency estimates of the cost of Brickworks conservation and adaptive reuse were much higher than this and, in any case, much of the funding will not flow until stage two of the development, in six to eight years.

So the realisation of Catherine Carter’s vision of “new offices, studios, galleries and community facilities” may be two electoral cycles into the future. Massive residential development will occur near Cotter Road and Adelaide Avenue before then, so who knows whether this enthusiasm for the Brickworks will be sustained once the Government has sold the surrounding land and developers have made their profits.

If the Property Council is really passionate about the future of the Brickworks, what about showing the Canberra community a concrete expression of that passion, such as a philanthropic trust to help support the Brickworks conservation and adaptive reuse?

The Brickworks manufactured the bricks and tiles that built many of Canberra’s older buildings such as the Old Parliament House, and are linked inextricably with the birth of Canberra’s building industry.

It would be wonderful to see members of the Property Council, Master Builders Association and other building industry organisations show that they are willing to ‘put back’ to protect an important part of their industry’s heritage, and of Canberra’s heritage.

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Will the Property Council contribute to Canberra Brickworks conservation?
beardedclam 11:01 am 16 Mar 15

Let Sekisui House redevelop it. Did you see what they did with the old Carlton Brewery site in Central Sydney? Amazing!!! Heritage meets modern, environmental, sustainable design. I hear they are in Canberra looking to invest and become a major player, would be such a nice change to the standard developments you see around by the usual suspects here in the ACT.

Maya123 8:25 pm 12 Mar 15

Acton said :

Tony Powell, former head of the National Capital Development Commission says this of the housing strategy for the brickworks area in Yarralumla:

“I had reason last week to run my practised eye over the Land Development Agency’s Canberra Brickworks and Environs Strategy. It didn’t take long to conclude that, from a town planning, urban design and social and environmental standpoint, it is a “monstrosity” of a scheme. It is a throwback to the kind of subdivision layouts that cheap developers favoured prior to the introduction of statutory zoning in the mid-20th century, commonly known as “slicing and dicing” within an encompassing gridiron pattern of principal streets, the aim of which was to produce as many narrow-fronted allotments and dwelling units as possible in order to minimise development costs and maximise profits.

This latest strategic plan bears no resemblance to any aspect of existing Yarralumla and the accompanying consultant reports have been interpreted in such a way as to justify its inept layout, rather than aiming to produce a built environment that is reflective to some degree of what already exists.

The residents of Yarralumla had better take notice of this proposed development, as it will progressively have seriously adverse impacts on your quality of life. The National Capital Authority, for its part, should arise from its 20-year slumber and do something, not only about the transmogrification from Dunrossil Drive into so-called Park Street, but also the visual and functional alienation of what is part of the “hills and valley” system that is a major aspect of the National Capital Plan.”

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/ct-letters/canberra-brickworks-and-environs-strategy-dicing-with-disaster-20150311-141ds2.html

“gridiron pattern of principal streets”

I doubt that’s worse than the doodles of streets in the outer suburbs, that increase the fuel used, just to drive from one part of the suburb to another. As a basis for street design, I would prefer the so called “gridiron pattern of principal streets” over doodles most days. Now how these straight streets are laid out can be questioned, re solar aspect, etc.

Acton 5:31 pm 12 Mar 15

Tony Powell, former head of the National Capital Development Commission says this of the housing strategy for the brickworks area in Yarralumla:

“I had reason last week to run my practised eye over the Land Development Agency’s Canberra Brickworks and Environs Strategy. It didn’t take long to conclude that, from a town planning, urban design and social and environmental standpoint, it is a “monstrosity” of a scheme. It is a throwback to the kind of subdivision layouts that cheap developers favoured prior to the introduction of statutory zoning in the mid-20th century, commonly known as “slicing and dicing” within an encompassing gridiron pattern of principal streets, the aim of which was to produce as many narrow-fronted allotments and dwelling units as possible in order to minimise development costs and maximise profits.

This latest strategic plan bears no resemblance to any aspect of existing Yarralumla and the accompanying consultant reports have been interpreted in such a way as to justify its inept layout, rather than aiming to produce a built environment that is reflective to some degree of what already exists.

The residents of Yarralumla had better take notice of this proposed development, as it will progressively have seriously adverse impacts on your quality of life. The National Capital Authority, for its part, should arise from its 20-year slumber and do something, not only about the transmogrification from Dunrossil Drive into so-called Park Street, but also the visual and functional alienation of what is part of the “hills and valley” system that is a major aspect of the National Capital Plan.”

http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/ct-letters/canberra-brickworks-and-environs-strategy-dicing-with-disaster-20150311-141ds2.html

Queanbeyanite 11:37 pm 10 Mar 15

How on earth does the YRA think any developer would invest in the area if they can’t make a decent profit?

Any generous Gungarlin residents out there want to pay to upgrade Yarralumla?.

Acton 10:08 pm 10 Mar 15

Catherine Carter of the ACT Property Council tells us that: “The redevelopment of the Yarralumla Brickworks will be another landmark project that will benefit the people of Yarralumla and the people of Canberra – and we need to get behind the ACT Government’s visionary plan.”

This statement firstly shows how out of touch the ACT Property Council is with the residents of Yarralumla. How dismissive, if not contemptuous, the Council is of concerns about traffic, congestion and loss of green areas articulated over many years.

What it also shows is the unholy alliance between the ACT Labor Government, the Greens and property developers. This consortium of opportunists plans to appropriate Canberra’s communal recreational spaces for high density housing developments in order to raise funds for a light rail project, just to keep Greens support for ACT Labor in government.

ACT Property Council , the Greens and Labor – working together to flog off Canberra’s green spaces and coming to a suburb near you.

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