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Wright gets its environmental approval

By johnboy - 27 September 2009 12

Working on the weekend Andrew Barr has proudly announced that the new town centre of Molonglo is coming together with the first suburb of Wright getting its Commonwealth environmental approval.

    The suburb of Wright had been subject to an assessment under Commonwealth legislation and had been given the all clear. There are 800 blocks in Wright scheduled to be released in 2009–10. More than 4,000 blocks will be released in Wright and Coombs over time.

    The Molonglo Valley, which will include affordable housing, will eventually be home to about 55,000 Canberrans and will be developed to a higher density than more recently developed suburbs.

Andrew’s promising that they’re actually going to orient the blocks to lower the energy needs of the houses along with lots of other environmental goodies.

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Wright gets its environmental approval
busgirl 6:42 pm 28 Sep 09

…ha ha…Gungahstly…that’s as good as Thuggeranong!! I wonder what this new town centre will become…Moronglo Valley perhaps?!!

Fisho 6:06 pm 28 Sep 09

Any news on which option is to chosen for the Molonglo river? There were a number of options, do nothing, dam it @ coppins, or dam it further downstream.
How did they manage to overcome the objections regarding the wildlife down there? Esp the birds, wombats and rare amphibians.

That valley *was* a treasure, soon it will be another Gungahstly.

2604 5:11 pm 28 Sep 09

smeeagain said :

Has anyone been out to West Macgregor??? I would hate to see anything even more high density than that. The blocks there are mostly in the 300-400sqm range. There is no way you could have a swing set AND a trampoline and in many cases, you couldn’t even have one of them.

They are creating slums

The standard block size in West Macgregor seems to be 450m2, which is the same as in most greenfields suburbs. There are a few blocks of up to 600m2 – not only corner blocks – which is big enough for a swing set, etc. One is currently on the market for $250,000.

It’s probably wishful thinking to think that Molonglo will be any different. I’d expect it to be developed along the same lines as Harrison, Forde and Franklin. The current suburban design ethos seems to be smaller blocks but more public open space…the theory presumably being that this cuts down private water consumption by reducing the size of people’s yards.

Growling Ferret 10:32 am 28 Sep 09

Face it, high density means greater returns and smaller Govt infrastructure costs.

Molonglo will be 400m square blocks and high rise.

Kramer 10:02 am 28 Sep 09

I really hope Molonglo doesn’t get the same high density treatment. My dream is to build a place out there backing onto Stromlo (or as close as possible) with a nice big house and yard. So looks like I’ll have to buy 2 or 3 blocks to make this happen (and win the lotto).

smeeagain 9:49 am 28 Sep 09

“The Molonglo Valley, which will include affordable housing, will eventually be home to about 55,000 Canberrans and will be developed to a higher density than more recently developed suburbs.”

Has anyone been out to West Macgregor??? I would hate to see anything even more high density than that. The blocks there are mostly in the 300-400sqm range. There is no way you could have a swing set AND a trampoline and in many cases, you couldn’t even have one of them.

They are creating slums

Chop71 2:31 am 28 Sep 09

… so does that mean the blocks will be even smaller? OMG land is expensive in this town.

GottaLoveCanberra 12:19 am 28 Sep 09

Yay, more shoebox sized blocks released in tiny percentiles on which even a spider would find it hard to stretch its legs.

GardeningGirl 11:17 pm 27 Sep 09

Pandy said :

You know, I heard the same stories be said of Gungahlin and solar orientation, when those 1st blocks were released in 1990. Same-ol, same ol.

Yes, I remember hearing it before too.

George D 10:37 pm 27 Sep 09

Yet another greenfields suburb in this already ridiculously large city for its small population. More sprawl. Huge sprawl, everywhere but towards Hume (the most logical place to put suburbs).

Here’s a suggestion – they can build new suburbs, if they nominate a suburb to remove at the same time.

Pandy 10:24 pm 27 Sep 09

You know, I heard the same stories be said of Gungahlin and solar orientation, when those 1st blocks were released in 1990. Same-ol, same ol.

bd84 8:57 pm 27 Sep 09

yeah he talks up the blocks to be released this financial year, but add in another few years before they’re actually able to be built on and the building process..

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