Minutes – GCC Community Meeting 12 April 2017

GCC Community Meeting 12 April 2017 (Gungahlin Library 6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Chair: Peter Elford (president).


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Agenda item 1: Gungahlin town centre planning refresh

Gary Rake Deputy Director-General, Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development provided an update on the Gungahlin town centre planning refresh.

Demographics of respondents demonstrate good representations across gender, age and types of households. So far have received 830 responses with approximately coming from a duplicate IP address. Themes identified thus far include:

  • 52% of respondents access the town centre 1-2 times a week, 37% daily
  • Information
  • 80% drive to the town centre
  • Quality of buildings (both in design and construction) was a concern
  • Young demographics want more green spaces
  • 80% wanted to see taller buildings

Following the closing of the survey EPSD will conduct data validation and then present the results within a number of weeks.  In some months a proposal will be put out for further consultation prior to being codified via a territory plan variation. Mr Rake expects that due to the pace of change in Gungahlin there will likely be a requirement to review within the next decade.

Agenda item 2: Transport Canberra Road update

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Fleur Flanery from Transport Canberra provide a presentation (available via website) on seven projects currently underway in the Gungahlin region.  Discussions occurred on the following specific items:

  1. Ernest Cavanagh Street – needs to sequenced first to support light rail project
  2. Valley Avenue – to support routing of buses and cars with the closure of Hibberson Street. This item created disccusion in light of recent changes, congestion and the use of Marshalls at intersection of Gizzard and Valley avenues.  There is no intention to put temporary traffic lights.  Transport Canberra is aware of the problems and monitoring.
  3. Hibberson street – plan to consult in mid 2017 on changes.
  4. Horse park – Stage 1 will finish May 17, will then commence following stages almost concurrently. Sulfate soils between Wells station and Federal highway have delayed commencement of works on this stage.

Concerns were raised during the meeting about duplication of Horse Park Drive between Taylor and Moncrief. This led into extended debate about the optimal timing of investment in road infrastructure, most effective use of capital and duplication of works. The view of the meeting was that the community lacked confidence in the Government to provide road infrastructure in a timely fashion to meet Gungahlin’s increasing population and that it always seemed to be behind the curve.

A concern was raised about the park and ride facility being over capacity and requesting the ACT government to examine options including boom gates or permits.  Mr Gary Rake promised to look into the issue and come back to the Council with proposal.

Agenda item 3:  Karl Cloos Roads ACT

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Karl Cloos, Roads ACT, provided a brief on the process to plan future road projects (presentation available on website). Pertinent points or outcomes included:

  • Barton highway intersection  – initial data is showing less accidents.
  • Gary Rake stated the government would examine whether traffic data could be released on an open data platform.
  • A question was raised about the impact of the CSIRO site redevelopment, Gary Rake said he was working with CSIRO on this issue and that there would be an agreed amount of funds set aside for infrastructure investments to support the development.
  • The presentation included a map of works proposed for the next 2-5 years which included Nudurr Drive and William Slim Drive. Unfortunately this plan does not take into account the number of residential units being constructed in precinct 2b.

Agenda item 4: Purdon planning consultation on Lot 2 of 59

Richard???, Purdon Planning, proponent for Lot 2 of 59 on Anthony Rolfe Drive (currently a dirt car park behind Community and Family Centre) which is listed for Community Facilities under the Town Plan, wished to consult on proposed uses of the site. He wished to explore the possibility of a mixed use facility, with the first two stories being for community facility whilst the remainder (totalling six stories) for another use. The meeting’s general view was residential was not supported but the following ideas for community facility included: a work hub, tech college, CIT, men’s shed, headspace, mental health out-patient, artist congregation point, training facility provider, and CALMS clinic.

Next Step will be for Purdon Planning to approach ACTPLA and request for scope for planning report to change precinct code and territory plan.  Gary Rake recommend that this be drawn into the Gungahlin Town Centre Planning Refresh if possible.

Minutes taken by Andrew Braddock

Minutes – GCC Community Meeting 8 March 2017

GCC Community Meeting – 8 March 2017 (Gungahlin Library 6:30 – 8:00 pm)

Chair: Peter Elford (president).

Attendees: 26 – see attendance log for further details

Apologies: Suzanne Orr MLA, James Milligan MLA, Alistair Coe MLA.

Agenda item 1: Gungahlin town centre planning refresh

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Gary Rake, Executive Director Planning presented on the refresh for Gungahlin town centre (slides on GCC website). Concerns raised by the community included:

  • Concerns about the tall building being approved. GR notes that ACT planning has received applications above height limits hence focus of refresh but doesn’t prejudge the outcomes of the process.
  • Requirement for integrated view to development, parking spaces etc. Developments have only assessed transport loading individually rather than collectively. History of development without sufficient car parks  GR stated that demand has moved beyond originally envisaged in 2010. Once height limits known then can plan schools, transport, parking spaces etc.
  • Precinct 2b is anomaly surrounded by 1-2 stories. Will that precinct code change? Is there a danger that rules will change to suit the developer. GR – need to consider transition between different zones and impact on nearby residential area.
  • Better re-alignments for off road bike path Gungahlin-civic. GR -outside of scope but provide input and the ACT government can work on it.
  • Crossing Valley avenue to get to hibberson street – no pedestrian crossing –


  • Invited input whether directly or indirectly related to the Gungahlin Town Centre
  • Confirmed that the planning team would also consider the 2014 your say survey and consultation on lower end of hibberson street
  • Confirmed that where a development application had already being submitted these would continue in parallel to the refresh.
  • Meet the planners sessions to be organised, dates TBC next week.
  • That the consultation closed 14 April.

Agenda item 2: Road closures arising from Light Rail construction

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Scott Lyall, Project Director, Transport Canberra Light Rail announced lane closures on Flemington Road, commencing 17 March for approximately 7-9 months to allow Light Rail construction to be expedited by 3-4 months. Traffic modelling shows 4 min delay in AM peak. Changes to bus routes are being finalised and will be announced shortly. Will have 7 days after closure to see impact to traffic and amend as necessary. He also announced Hibberson street to be closed permanently from 10 April and Gungahlin bus interchange to start construction late March with the aim to be completed December 2017. Capital Metro Community Forum 22 March, will also include Transport Canberra and ACT roads to discuss all modes of transport.

The meeting had general concerns about the impact to traffic not just on Flemington but also on other corridors out of Gungahlin (particularly identifying Horse Park as an alternative route). Other specific questions (and answers) included.

  • Communication plan? Door knocked businesses along Hibberson Street and Flemington road, social media
  • Protection from weather from bus to light rail at Gungahlin – Yes due to existing and new awnings.
  • When will Light Rail open? 1 April 2018
  • Are capital metro hitting milestones? Yes, don’t believe there is a risk at this point in time.
  • Off road cycle path next to epic – will be closed during construction
  • Concerned about impact to retailers in Mitchell and the fact there is no planned stop thus missing focus on Mitchell.

Agenda item 3:  Meaghan Fitzharris MLA – update on progress in implementing ACT Government promises

Health – nurse walk in centre in Gungahlin will open 2017. Hospital on Ginninderra drive will open early next year which will free up beds at TCH and Calvary new hospital called ucph. Will increase hospital in the home which will mean an increase in the sorts of services here in Gungahlin.

Schools – work has commenced in Taylor including primary in 2019 – will pick up moncrief and jacka as well.  Most of the upgrades to existing schools have being delivered this year. New high school in Gungahlin region.

Mulligans flat – Fence to be extended, and space has been allocated to a eco tourism research hub.

Throsby sporting fields also to be built.

Employment – Will work with commonwealth to determine if a smart work hub (similar to existing offices in Sydney and Melbourne where Commonwealth public servants can work remotely).

Roads – All roads are under pressure and it will be 18-24 months before all works complete. Unexpected population boom. Horse park stage 1 underway, stage 2 tender is about to go out, stage 3 has being budgeted. Gundaroo stage 2 has being funded, William Slim to be duplicated this term. Barton highway roundabout is working better

Public transport – Gungahlin to Belconnen will become rapid route this year. Express bus from Gungahlin to Tuggeranong trial this year.

Active travel – Sullivan’s cycle path – almost complete. Missing gaps. Park and pedal opened. Walk and ride week coming up

Questions and responses

  • Why expanding Harrison school and not Franklin? Harrison approved in previous budget. Community  not yet settled on what Franklin school should be (primary or early learning). Need more time for conversation.
  • Getting cars off the road – very soon transport emissions will make up 60% of emissions. Active transport office has been established.. Significant investment in segregated paths in Belconnen.  First instinct should not be to duplicate roads.
  • Mitchell is forgotten area with no light rail stop and run down. MF did not agree, new buildings and businesses. New construction, light rail depot, possible to put a stop in Mitchell in future.
  • If you don’t have a car it is very difficult to get a package from post office in Mitchell – this is a matter for Australia post.
  • Roads planning group producing app – active log will be released tomorrow.
  • Shade sails in play grounds – contract just awarded
  • Throsby sporting fields – no date yet to be determined
  • Estate development way – will be approved in a couple of days
  • Horse park drive noise abatement in Gungahlin – invited to discuss with ACT Roads representative
  • Lack of confidence that once works are complete, roads will be sufficient for Gungahlin’s population. Also given the impact of the CSIRO site sale.
  • Park and ride in Casey or crace to reduce traffic from Gungahlin.

Agenda item 4: statement from Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja

Dear Members of the Gungahlin Community Council,

I am sorry I am unable to be there with you this evening, but I would like to take this brief opportunity to update you on my election commitment to see a Commonwealth Public Service Department or Agency move their offices to Gungahlin to help boost the local economy.

Last week I met with the office of Minister for Finance and officials from the Department of Finance who are responsible for managing Commonwealth office spaces. They briefed me on the process they are undertaking to make this move happen and updated me on their progress.

The first stage of the process involves auditing all the current departments and agencies to assess which are the most appropriate to be moved based on several factors including number of employees, office space requirements, and current leasing arrangements. The other aspect of this first stage is to identify potential sites in the Gungahlin town centre for a new office space to be constructed to accommodate the selected agency.

The Department of Finance officials informed me that they are nearing completion of this first stage, having narrowed down the number of potential agencies to be moved and identified several potential sites in Gungahlin for the new offices.

While for probity reasons I am unable to provide more detail at present, I understand this first stage should reach completion in the coming months. The Department of Finance informed me that they anticipate formal negotiations with the chosen agency will begin by mid-year, at which point I expect to be able to provide more concrete detail.

I am proud to have secured an election commitment from the Government to move a public service workforce to Gungahlin for the first time to grow the town centre and boost the local economy. I will continue to work hard to see this election promise fulfilled.

Yours sincerely,


Senator the Hon. Zed Seselja

Liberal Senator for the ACT

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs

Minutes taken by Andrew Braddock