Minutes Public Meeting 9 December 2015

Public Meeting 9 December 2015

GCC President – Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Public Housing, Marketplace
Gungahlin Community Council Public Meeting

9 December 2015

Chair: Peter Elford

Committee members in attendance: David Pollard; Jacob Vadakkedatthu; John Phippen; Prasad; Henley Samuel; Kevin Cox and Ian Ruecroft

Committee members absent: No apologies advised

Community members present: Approximately 200 (at 6.30pm)

Agenda Item 1. Continuation of an information session held by the ACT Government’s Public Housing Renewal Task Force regarding a proposed new public housing project adjacent to the Franklin Early Childhood Centre.

Mr. David Collett, Executive Director, or the taskfroce  provided information and answered questions from the audience

The meeting was advised that there was no intention of expanding Franklin School at this time. Franklin area to South of existing site was not suitable for education.

Questions coming from the audience during the GCC meeting were:

Q: Rationale behind mixing medium-density housing (limit of 2 story)
A: No decision yet, requesting Community input.

Q: What opportunities for Community input?
A: Will be at Franklin Primary School P&C meeting 17:00 – 18:00 Tuesday, <date to be added>.

Q: Why is ACT building public housing, why not buying existing housing?
A: There is the option to achieve both; however building fit-for-purpose residences is preferable.

Q: What does the criteria consider?
A: Bus routes and available blocks.

Q: Are both Franklin blocks still under consideration?
A: No decision.

Q: Is there an intention to start building soon?
A: The website will be updated to inform the public that no DA has been lodged and that no detailed planning work has commenced.

Q: What actions will be taken to avoid public housing issues, for example assaults etc. People have purchased properties to get away from this. Which public housing tenants will be located to the residences?
A: Currently working with each public housing tenant to ensure tenants are suitable for the residences. There will also be a support plan for each tenant. Tenants with behavioural issues – Government wish to have an inclusive and non-discriminatory public housing structure. The website will contain information regarding education advice about previous years.

Q: How will you be able to ensure that public housing tenants behave appropriately?
A: Will provide more information regarding how public housing will ensure appropriate public housing tenant behaviour.

Q: Identified blocks are currently zoned commercial and educational use.  Is this the appropriate zoning for this type of development?
A: The zoning is appropriate.

Q: What will happen if the Community does not accept the proposal?
A: Will take back to Government for consideration.

Q: Why don’t you survey Franklin to get Community opinion?
A: The website will publish current public housing results

Q: What impact will the public housing have on the school?
A: Land will be left for a future school development.

Q: When will they stop changing the proposal regarding Franklin? Why are they not constructing the oval?
A: The website will provide further information.

NOTE: A decision has not been made

Q: Are you open to suggestions on other sites?
A: Yes

Q: How will you inform the community on how to provide suggestions?
A: Doing a letter box drop, email and using social media.  Utilising mainstream media such as newspapers, TV and also via the Gungahlin City Council.

Q:  How come the initial decision was made without appropriate research?
A: Various options were explored

Q: Why isn’t public housing being dispersed into an existing complex rather than a purpose built complex?
A: Both options will take place

Q: How will you ensure that undesirable tenants are excluded?
A: Housing will match tenants within the community environment

Q: How will Government work with the GCC to bring about a suitable development?
A: GCC do not have the capacity to do this

Q: Will you list all the sites being considered for public housing?
A: Yes

Q: What is the level of risk regarding public housing? Information will be requested to inform the community regarding the public housing proposal to explain the risk and the risk management strategies
A: Public housing do not intend to do an risk assessment.

Q: Has the taskforce done a risk assessment?
A: No.

Q: How many tenants?
A: Less than 24

12 attendees remained at the meeting following the completion of this agenda item at 7.55pm

Agenda Item 2. Marketplace Development, Phil Knackstedt, Vinta Group

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Basement 2 levels – underground corridor will also accommodate pedestrian access

DA approval 8 May 2015.  Work commenced 25 May 2015

Open carpark June 2016.  Kmart opening October 2016

Marketplace refurbishment complete by June

Discussion regarding pedestrian mall/shared zone – As is.

2 storm c/r under Big W – Not in current plan

The Marketplace is seeking to close the UG carpark during the hours midnight to 7am.  This is outside the current Crown lease; which dictates 24hrs opening of the carpark.

8.14 – Advice provided that Bunnings will open this Saturday

Minutes – Public Meeting 11 November 2015

Public Meeting 11 November 2015

GCC President – Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CSIRO, Public Housing, MLA Update, Bunnings, Bus Station


Wednesday 11th November 2015

6.30pm commencement

Meeting Chaired by Tony Ozanne (Vice President)
Apologies: Peter Elford (President)

(26 attendees including 8 Committee Members)

6.37pm – Agenda Item 1: CSIRO intention to coordinate development of a parcel of land (approx. 75 hectors) in the area bounded by Barton Hwy/ William Slim Dr/ Owen Dickson Dr.

Speaker: Mark Wallace (CSIRO Portfolio Manager)

The CSIRO Ginninderra site has been identified as excess to the CSIRO’s current plans.  It is the CSIRO’s intention to enter into a joint venture arrangement for development of the parcel of land.  There is a current consultation process which will end Friday 13th Nov 2015.

Information can be obtained and comments made on the CSIRO’s website


7.05pm – Agenda Item 2: Public Housing Canberra
Speaker: David Collett – ACT Government website – Economic Development

Goal: To establish 12088 medium and high-rise dwellings in the inner areas of North and South Canberra.

Gungahlin – Public housing development in Moncrieff; Nicholls; Franklin; Amaroo and Gungahlin Town Centre

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7.12pm – Agenda Item 3: Liberal Party (LP) policy and matters of concern

Speaker: Alistair Coe

1)      LP policy is to fund the construction of a fly-over across the Barton Hwy (Gundaroo Rd to William Slim Dr)

2)      LP have concerns that the implementation of a structure to accommodate Uber as competition to regular taxi services creates a situation that does not extend fair consideration to current owners and operators of the taxi network

3)      LP have concerns that the planning of the alignment of Gundaroo Rd is too close to residence located to the north of the petrol stations

4)      LP have concerns related to staff movements within the capital Metro senior staff


7.27pm – Agenda Item 4: Bunnings development: Opening and community interaction

Speaker: Alinia (aka AJ)

The store will open in mid-December.  There will be opportunities for community organisations to be involved.  Only appropriately structured community organisations can participate but community participation is encouraged and Bunnings will provide assistance wherever possible.

7.33pm Agenda Item 5: Gungahlin Bus station

Speaker: John Hilman

The community are invited to comment.  Visit the ACTION website.  Consultation open to 14 December 2015.

Matters of discussion:

1)      Park-and-ride implication related to the relocation of the Town Centre’s main bus stop;

2)      Parking along Gungahlin Place roadway and the impact removal of parking is having on retailers;

3)      How will community comments be incorporated into the consultation

7.50pm Agenda Item 6: General Business

1) Tony Ozanne announced that he will be vacating the position of GCC Vice President at the GCC December meeting.  Tony invited interested council members to nominate for the position.

2) General information/ discussion relating to the development of the Gungahlin Cinema.

3) Advice that the “Gungahlin Festival” will be held 2nd April 2016.  For more information visit the Celebrate.Gungahlin website

4) Discussion relating to the planned Nurse-Walk-in-Clinic which is planned fot the Gungahlin Town Centre

Meeting concluded 7.58pm

Next meeting 9 December 2015 – NOTE: There will be no January 2016 GCC public meeting