Woden residents call for urban open space changes


The Woden Valley Community Council has lodged a submission calling for changes to urban planning and green spaces in the region.

It’s in response to the ACT government’s draft ‘Urban Open Space Land Management Plan’ which focuses on key areas of urban and environmental planning.

Public submissions to the draft plan commenced in May and closed earlier this week.

The council’s president Fiona Carrick says more consideration is needed for how densification is managed in Woden’s town centre.

She says they are not opposed to development, but want more of a balance between infrastructure and greenspaces.

“We’re up to over 30 residential towers around the town centre,” Ms Carrick says.

“One of our main concerns are really around 28 storeys around the perimeter of the town square, around a public space that will be overshadowed and lose its value to the community.”

Another key recommendation in the community council’s submission features a re-imagined vision of Yarralumla Creek as an urban waterway.

The group wants continuous environmental landscape features to be created along the creek, improved public access, and improved water quality among others.

Philip Business Community president Tom Adam says more proposals should have been made for areas south of the Woden town centre, claiming there are missed opportunities to further improve the region, particularly for businesses.

One of Mr Adam’s main suggestions includes for a “mini Australia Institute of Sport” precinct to be established on a large block of land between Hindmarsh Drive and Mawson Drive for grassroots sports.

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