Plans are now on the ACTPLA.ACT.GOV.AU website
The union controlled Woden Tradies Club and a few years old hotel will be demolished to make way for a 17 storey apartment block, hotel, new club, health centre and gym. They have taken control of half a existing long stay carpark. The LDA wrote in August 2007 that the “Government agreed to this direct sale”. Was this done with mates rates in mind? Where was the public consultation?
There are several new massive building being built in the Woden area. Recent expansion to long stay car-parking spaces have already reached saturation point. The Tradies redevelopment leads to a net decrease of 172 long stay public carpark spaces saying that it fits in with the Governments’ sustainability plans. Funny thing there is no reference to any particular policy but I guess it sounds warm and fuzzy.
This carparking decrease is contrary to the following Government policies:
ACT GOVERNMENT INTEGRATED TRANSPORT FRAMEWORK August 2008
The strong economic growth in the ACT has seen a steady expansion of the main commercial centres. The increase in employment, and the consequent demand for land for commercial buildings, has put pressure on the existing parking supply. This situation is likely to continue with further redevelopment in the city and town centres.
The ACT Government is implementing strategies for car parking around town centres to ensure that parking
shortages are addressed in the short and medium term. These include making temporary car parking sites available and identifying sites for new parking structures.
• Ensuring that accessible parking is available day and night, and is available for multiple uses • Increasing the efficiency of car parking by facilitating the provision of private as well as public parking
ACTPLA Parking in Major Centres March 2007
Existing publicly available surface car parks will generally be required to be replaced by structured car parks on or next to sites that are released for development. These car parks will need to be made available to the public seven days a week, 24 hours a day.