Welcome to the GNCA
Welcome! The Griffith/Narrabundah Community Association is a not for profit, voluntary community based organisation operating in the Griffith Narrabundah area. The objects and purposes of the Association are “to protect the amenity and interests of the Griffith and Narrabundah communities, particularly in relation to the preservation of community facilities and open space”.
APRIL NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE !
Please click on GNCA Newsletter Vol 37 April 2017.
The photo above shows Karen Medbury, owner of Organic Energy, drawing another winner for the 2017 Raffle, under the watchful eye of the GNCA President, John Edquist.
It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the winners of the 2017 GNCA raffle. Our annual raffle would not have been possible without the participation of our generous sponsors from our local Griffith shops. GNCA wishes to encourage our members and advocates to support our Barker Street colleagues.
Sponsor Voucher Winners
Gryphons Louise Gaudry, Rebecca Mathews, Leonie Webb and Angela Ivanovic
Aubergine Georgia Lyons
Organic Energy Harold Smith
Shoprite Ian and Lorraine Watt
Cafe Societea John Richardson
Rubicon Lachlan McIntosh
Discount Chemist Robert Long
NCA’S MANUKA CIRCLE PRECINCT DRAFT DEVELOPMENT CONTROL PLAN
The National Capital Authority (NCA) has released for public consultation the Draft Development Control Plan (DCP) for the Manuka Circle Precinct in Griffith and Forrest. The NCA welcomes feedback on the Draft DCP by close of business on Sunday 30 April. A copy of the draft plan and further information re lodgement of submissions can be viewed here.
ISCCC’S PUBLIC MEETING ON PUBLIC HOUSING IN THE ACT
This meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 March at 7pm at the Harmonie German Club, Narrabundah. For more details, please refer to the flyer attached here.
16 LANDSBOROUGH STREET – UPDATE
Readers who have been following the apparent flouting of the planning rules at the 16 Landsborough Street building site now have their opportunity to have their say. An application has been lodged to vary the DA as approved so that the permitted height of the garage wall is the height of the wall, as actually built. (This is a strange way to ensure that buildings comply with the terms of their building approvals, but we live in strange times.)
The application to amend the DA approval is a private public notification: that is it does not appear on EPSDD’s Development Applications Open for Public Comment page, but can be accessed by downloading the papers from: http://www.planning.act.gov.au/development_applications/single-residential-development-applications-results?DA_no=201629546&Submit=Submit
Alternatively you can get to the site by going to http://www.planning.act.gov.au/development_applications/singleres
and then type in the DA number 201629546.
We encourage you to write to EPSDD expressing your views on the proposal. Submissions can be emailed to EPDcustomerservices@act.gov.au or posted to EPD Customer Services at PO Box 365 Mitchell ACT 2911. Submissions must be received by cob 8 March 2017.
Responses do not have to be lengthy, or go into technical details. As far as we can tell, a letter that says “This building is awful” counts as much as a detailed critique of every error in the application. So write as much or as little as you feel like.
If enough ratepayers express outrage at what is happening at 16 Landsborough Street we might have some chance of forcing the Government to use its powers to actually control what is built in Canberra.
HOW COULD THE GOVERNMENT LET THIS HAPPEN? THE SAGA OF 16 LANDSBOROUGH STREET, GRIFFITH
It should have been a straightforward knock-down rebuild. DA201629546, authorising the demolition of the existing dwelling and the construction of a two-storey house, was approved by the government on 19 July 2016. That should have meant that the building complied with the planning rules, but it wasn’t long before the neighbours realised something was wrong.
The southern boundary wall looked to be far too high (Fig 1). The height of the wall should not exceed 2.6 m to allow reasonable solar access, the approved plan indicates a height of 3.4 m (see Figure 2) and in fact what has been built is about 4.3m high. The neighbour’s solar access has been severely compromised.
But there was more. On further examination, we found that the 50% mandatory plot ratio rule appears to have been significantly exceeded. The awnings at the front of the building exceed the building line by more than the permitted 60 cm; the rear set-back of a cabana should have been 3 m but is only 1.6 m and the prescribed building envelope on the northern side of the building is penetrated by over 1.0m.
Questions for government?
How and why was the original plan approved?
The building being constructed deviates significantly from the approved plans – how was this allowed to happen?
What is the government going to do ensure the building complies with the planning rules?
Are any penalties to be applied for non-compliance?
What steps are going to be taken to ensure that a similar situation does not occur on another site?
We await a response.
LETTER TO CHIEF MINISTER, TREASURY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE RE THE PROPOSED RELOCATION OF STORAGE SHEDS AT GRIFFITH OVAL DATED 11 FEBRUARY 2017
The GNCA’s letter to David Jeffrey in the Chief Minister’s Directorate indicating that the GNCA has no difficulty with the proposed relocation of Easts’ Rugby clubs storage sheds at Griffith Oval, on the basis of certain undetakings given by Easts’, can be read here
GNCA SUBMISSION ON DV 348 “INCORPORATING ACTIVE LIVING PRINCIPALS INTO THE TERRITORY PLAN” DATED 10 FEBRUARY 2017
The GNCA’s submission on Draft Variation 348 “Incorporating Active Living Principals into the Territory Plan” can be read here. While we support the idea we feel the DV as drafted will be ineffective.
GNCA LETTER TO GARY RAKE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, ENVIRONMENT, PLANNING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT AT 16 LANDSBOROUGH ST BREACHING THE MANDATORY MAXIMUM PLOT RATIO OF 50% DATED 7 FEBRUARY 2017
The GNCA’s letter to Gary Rake alerting him that the development at 16 Landsborough St exceeded the mandatory maximum plot ratio of 50% can be read here
GNCA LETTER TO GARY RAKE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR GENERAL, ENVIRONMENT, PLANNING AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DIRECTORATE ABOUT BREACHES OF DA CONDITIONS BY THE DEVELOPMENT AT 16 LANDSBOROUGH ST DATED 15 JANUARY 2017
The GNCA’s letter to Gary Rake alerting him to breaches in the DA approval at 16 Landsborough St and in particular that the wall constructed on the solar fence line was 4.4m high rather than the permitted 2.4m can be read here
GNCA LETTER TO THE CHIEF MINISTER ON PROTECTION OF CANBERRA’S URBAN FOREST DATED 8 DECEMBER 2016
The GNCA’s letter to the Chief Minister urging improved coordination between Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate and Transport and City Services Directorate to enable more effective protection of trees and verges during construction activity can be read here
GNCA LETTER TO MINISTER FITZHARRIS SEEKING A 40 KPH LIMIT ON CAPTAIN COOK OUTSIDE MANUKA PLAZA (COLES) DATED 8 DECEMBER 2016 The GNCA’s letter to Meegan Fitzharris, Minister for Transport and City Services, seeking the introduction of a 40 kph limit on Captian Cook Cr between Murray Cr and Canberra Av can be read here
LETTER FROM DORTE EKELUND RE GOWRIE COURT AND STUART FLATS DATED 26 OCTOBER 2016
We received a disappointing response from Dorte Ekelund to our letter to the Chief Minister. We feel that this did not tell us anything new and added little to the discussion. The letter can be read here
GNCA LETTER TO THE CHIEF MINISTER ON THE ZONING OF GOWRIE COURT AND STUART FLATS DATED 9 OCTOBER 2016
The GNCA’s letter to the Chief Minister on the Zoning of these two developments can be read here.
GNCA LETTER TO THE CHIEF MINISTER ON THE RELEASE OF CORRESPONDENCE CONCERNING THE REJECTION OF THE MANUKA OVAL REDEVELOPMENT PROPOSAL DATED 9 OCTOBER 2016
The GNCA’s letter to the Chief Minister on the release of correspondence concerning the rejection of the proposal of Manuka Oval can be read here.
The GNCA’s letter to the ACT Government on the Urban Sounds Discussion Paper can be read here.
GNCA LETTER TO MR MICK GENTLEMAN MLA RE SOLAR ACCESS ISSUES DATED 25 JULY 2016
The GNCA’s letter to the Minister for Planning and Land Management can be read here.
ISCCC LETTER TO MR ANDREW BARR MLA RE MANUKA OVAL DATED 25 JUNE 2016
The ISCCC’s letter to the Chief Minister can be read here.
KBRG & GNCA LETTER TO MR ANDREW BARR MLA RE MANUKA OCCASIONAL CHILDCARE CENTRE (MOCCA) DATED 10 JUNE 2016
The GNCA’s letter to the Chief Minister can be read here.
ISCCC LETTER TO MR ANDREW BARR MLA RE MANUKA GREEN DATED 26 MAY 2016
The ISCCC’s letter to the Chief Minister can be read here.
THE ACT GOVERNMENT MUST REJECT GWS/GROCON ‘MANUKA GREEN’ BID
The ACT Government should heed the call of inner south residents and reject the GWS/Grocon revised unsolicited bid to develop the Manuka Oval precinct, according to the Inner South Canberra Community Council (ISCCC). Read more here.
RESIDENTS REJECT GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY / GROCON MANUKA LAND GRAB
The Wesley Uniting Church Hall is noted for hosting classical music concerts. But on Thursday 28 April it was filled by about 400 angry residents. Read more here.
COMMUNITY MEETING ON GROCON MANUAKA GREEN PROPOSAL ON 28 APRIL 2016
A public meeting will be held at 7pm on Thursday 28 April 2016 at the Wesley Uniting Church Hall, 20-22 National Circuit, Forrest to consider the Manuka Green proposal generated by Grocon and the Great Western Sydney Giants. It is being organised by the Inner South Canberra Community Council, together with its constituent associations, like the GNCA. Read more here.
PROPOSED REDEVELOPMENT OF MANUKA OVAL – WHAT IS THE GOVERNMENT’S APPROACH?
The the Inner South Canberra Community Council (ISCCC), the Kingston and Barton Residents Group (KBRG), and the Griffith Narrabundah Community Association (GNCA) seek clarity from the Chief Minister on the proposed redevelopment of Manuka Oval by Grocon. Read more here.
SOLAR ACCESS VARIATION DV 346 IS NOW OPEN FOR COMMENT
Under DV346 Canberra homes owners could have their solar access seriously compromised if the block on their northern aspect is ever redeveloped, so no home owner could ever be sure that their current solar access would be permanent. The Government is proposing to weaken rules that extended protection of the solar access of neighbours (ie preventing a development next door from depriving a resident of access to sunlight) and facilitated and encouraged the introduction of passive solar design features in new buildings and redevelopments. Read more here.
DRAINAGE IN STORM WATER CHANNELS IN GRIFFITH PARK CREATES A STAGNANT POOL
With the construction of the Amaya apartments in Austin St Griffith, there have been some reconstructions in the street of water drainage for improved drainage of water off the road. Read more here.
APRIL NEWSLETTER NOW AVAILABLE !
Our April 2016 is now available here.