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Woden Tradies Redevelopment – told you so.

By Pandy 12 December 2008 24

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:


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.

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G-Fresh 11:37 am 02 Jul 09

The development application would have been open to public comment. You’re always able to express concerns to ACTPLA.

As for any idea that developers need to consult with the public, that is hogwash. They also only need to deal with ACTPLA.

Thumper 8:39 am 15 Jan 09

Last time I went there it was simply a big room full of pokies…

Xbikee 3:19 am 15 Jan 09

Bigger clubs will take up the slack left by ABC Childcare centres …

Pandy 10:05 pm 14 Jan 09

Or wanting to see less parking in the area, more bike lanes and greater use of overcrowed late running buses?

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