Doszpot Calls For Sensible Yarralumla Planning

The ACT Labor government should go back to the drawing board and devise a sensible planning solution for Yarralumla residents concerned about proposed development in the suburb. Today Member for Molonglo Steve Doszpot will receive a petition highlighting the concerns of thousands of people.

“The plans for development of land around the Canberra brickworks site are ill-conceived and fail to account for the future impact on residents in Yarralumla and surrounding suburbs including Deakin, Hughes and Curtin. Thousands of people have signed a petition highlighting their concerns and they deserve to be heard,” Mr Doszpot said.

“The petition is calling for the plans to be reworked to address increased traffic flow, parking issues, green space and appropriate building heights and the impact of the additional influx of 4000 residents.

“The petition is also calling for information and costs for the safe removal of asbestos and other contaminated materials and an explanation of how infrastructure could cope with truck movements.

“The government’s answer to residents’ concerns has been misleading in suggesting it has reduced the size of the development. In actual fact the density has been increased on a smaller site to 1600 dwellings.

“ACT Labor has a track record of planning failures and Yarralumla residents are crying out not to be part of the next blunder. Just look at the current poor planning with regards to the Uriarra solar farm.

“Mick Gentlemen is the new planning minister and he could start well by addressing the concerns of Yarralumla residents,” Mr Doszpot concluded.