A majority want our governments to do more to combat climate change but energy-use is only part of the answer. We need to address a growing disconnect between climate objectives and planning.
Consultancy reports such as that on the growth potential along the Civic to Woden tram corridor are examples of the type of thinking causing the problem. The extension of the tram to Woden will be used to justify higher densities that allow no imagination and no vision; just a plethora of apartments and treeless suburbs.
Will we be content to accept this as long as the new dwellings don’t have gas connections and there are two enormous electric (rather than petrol-driven) SUVs in the driveway? I cannot believe that Canberrans want to see the amenity of our beautiful city destroyed in this way.
If we must have more population then increase housing supply by taxing investment properties that are empty for more than six months of the year; reduce plot ratios in new developments to enable trees and gardens to flourish; re-invigorate (for both social and private purposes) models of tree-friendly cooperative housing such as Swinger Hill, Urambi Hills and Wybalena Grove and take full advantage of the potential of buses for flexible public transport use.
There is so much we could and should be doing to ensure that the Canberra of the 21st century is a genuinely green city.
Following the hailstorm on the evening of 3 January, many households in this area lost electricity supply and damage from tree falls. A community hub was set up at Molonglo ACT Rural Fire Service Brigade on Drake Brockman Drive near Higgins to service the worst-impacted surrounding region. The hub is open from 11am to 7pm until Sunday, and offers three showers, three washers and dryers for use, as well as charging stations for devices, ice, food waste disposal and ongoing incident information and advice. An additional green bin collection has been implemented for Saturday 8 January for Charnwood, Dunlop, Florey, Hawker, Holt, Latham and Macgregor.
Residents near two Housing ACT properties in Alexandria St, Hawker, have organised a petition objecting to plans released in this Christmas-New Year period to replace two single houses with five (see above under DAs). The plans would result in significant loss of green space and trees in contradiction of the recent changes accepted by the ACT Government under Variation 369 to reduce the heat island effect of hard surfaces that absorb heat. The petition can be signed online or submitted on paper. Consultation on this DA closes on 17 January 2022.
The Belconnen Community Council had a presentation on 14 November and are ready to run a special meeting on December 14, prior to consultation closing on the William Hovell Drive duplication on 19 December, if there’s enough interest. TCCS have offered to update on progress at that time. If you’d like BCC to run this event, please get in touch by 7 December at firstname.lastname@example.org. The current information on WHD is at https://yoursayconversations.act.gov.au/WHDupgrade.
These signs possibly illustrate the frustration of local residents about the poor consultation carried out for the development application relating to the duplication of William Hovell Drive. Apparently, normal practice is to place signs on the relevant block. In this case, the only block near William Hovell Drive is Approved Rural Block 1368, which runs from William Hovell Drive opposite Whitlam up to Springvale Drive and the back of Hawker. Notices were sent to all residents backing onto this block but not to the 33 blocks backing directly onto William Hovell Drive near the intersection with Drake Brockman Drive. These blocks were specifically named in the Noise Management Report as being most affected by increased noise levels from the road. Apparently, the DA documents are not read before the DA is publicised.