Tag Archives: Friends of Hawker Village

Design workshop

On Saturday 29 October 2011, the PRG met for several hours to come up with ideas of how the Hawker Village might desirably be developed.  The group was divided around three tables, each containing a balanced representation of interest groups.  One table, however, had an interesting composition.  It comprised the General Manager, Urban Renewal, LDA;  the head of the town planning consultancy used throughout the year for the Hawker master planning process;  a trader whose family owns several buildings in Hawker;  a town planner who has an office in Hawker, a FoHV rep and another community rep.  At the end of the day, this group produced a plan that was more extreme than those produced by the other two groups, which were amazingly similar to each other.  The extreme plan involved developing all three car parks, building an access road from Belconnen Way between the hotel and the apartment block to connect to the existing cul-de-sac, and allowing up to eight storeys on any new development or redevelopment.

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Talking to the government

The residents’ group, now named the Friends of Hawker Village (FoHV), held a public meeting at the Belconnen Soccer Club on 14 July 201o to discuss the development proposal.  Despite little publicity, over 100 people attended.  Some supported the ACT Government’s plan to sell the two car parks but the overwhelming majority did not.  Representatives of FoHV, in July, visited several local members of the ACT Legislative Assembly to highlight community concerns – Mary Porter (Labor), Meredith Hunter and Caroline Le Couteur  (Greens) and Alistair Coe (Liberal), in that order (see Brief for MLAs).  Following this, FoHV compiled and had printed a brochure explaining its purpose.  This brochure was hand-delivered in September to nearly all households in the four suburbs regarded as the catchment for the Hawker Centre – Page, Scullin, Hawker and Weetangera.  It also established a website and issued e-newsletters to those on its supporter list.