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Yarralumla Residents News:
Here is the latest update on the Brickworks, Stirling Park, exempt developments, and upcoming events (As at April 23, 2013):
The Land Development Agency (LDA) has advised the YRA unofficially that a commercial feasibility study was submitted to the LDA Board in late March and the Board has asked for more work to be done and for the LDA to report back to the Board in June. This means that consultation with Yarralumla residents will now occur in 4-5 months from now. Also, the LDA confirmed that they had appealed against the recent heritage listing of the railway remnants near the Brickworks, and we understand the appeal is listed to be heard in the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal in June. The YRA will find out more about this process.
2. Stirling Park
The National Capital Authority has responded to the recommendations of the parliamentary inquiry into the allocation of land to diplomatic missions. It has accepted the Inquiry’s recommendation that the NCA develop a long term strategy for the allocation of land to diplomatic missions in the ACT. It has also accepted the Inquiry’s recommendation that Draft Amendment 78 be withdrawn, thus putting a stop, for now, to plans for the use of land southwest of Stirling Ridge for diplomatic missions. We are awaiting the federal Government’s full response to the Inquiry’s recommendations.
3. Exempt developments
There has been significant media coverage of exempt developments recently, including about a duplex and another residence in Yarralumla (see Duplex’s Razing Leaves Cul-de-sac in Fear on 4 April, Residents Seek Tougher Protection on 23 April and Engineers Warn of Wall Collapse Threat on 24 April). The YRA and other Inner South residents associations are taking up duplex and broader exempt development issues through the Inner South Canberra Community Council, whose Chairman is writing to the Minister and speaking to the media. The ABC is preparing a television program on exempt development issues. Molonglo MLA and Yarralumla resident Steve Doszpot also raised these issues in the Legislative Assembly on 9 April.
4. Upcoming Events
25-28 April – Australian Masters Rowing Championships, Weston Park, Yarralumla
Parking will be in Weston Park. The main spectator area is located in the regatta village adjacent to the end of Pescott Lane. The village includes food and merchandise outlets and toilets. According to the event website, the best views will be around the Premium Club Tents sites, close to the finish line. There are gentle grassy slopes for spectators, no seating is provided but picnic rugs and chairs are welcome. Find out about more viewing points and event details at: https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/index.jsp?job_id=2810&org_id=0
27 April – Dance at the Albert Hall, Yarralumla
“Kick Up Your Heels: Swing into the Second World War” — Swing will come alive to the sounds of Canberra’s Spectrum Swing Band and Jumptown Swing. No prior experience is needed. There will be a “taster” class prior to the Dance from 7-8pm. Organised and presented by Jumptown Swing, this is a Centenary of Canberra project. Find out more at: http://www.jumptown.org/wp/100-years-1930s-swing-into-ww2/
28 April (9am-12.30pm) – Friends of Grasslands Work Party at Stirling Park
The focus of this work party will be on cutting and daubing woody weeds, with emphasis on the south west i.e. continuing clearing from the path above the pines upwards to the crest of the ridge. Camp will be set up behind the pines. Remember sun protection, solid footwear and drinking water. A thermos will be helpful for morning tea. If interested in participating, please contact Peter McGhie on 0411 126 719.
16 April, 2013 (Tuesday) Inner South Canberra Community Council Forum – Healthcare Matters! – 7pm Eastlake Club
The Inner South Canberra Community Council held a public forum on the availability of health infrastructure and services in our part of Canberra. The HealthCare Consumers Association, Medicare Local and other community health representatives presented and discussed a range of information on this important subject.
Further details are available on the ISCCC website www.isccc.org.au
12 March, 2013 (Tuesday) Yarralumla – Party at the Shops
Thank you to all who helped make the afternoon/evening such a success. We will post photos and a wrap-up in the coming weeks.
The Yarralumla Residents Association in conjunction with the Centenary Committee and local shopkeepers celebrated Canberra’s birthday on March 12 (Tuesday) with a long table dinner at the Yarralumla Shops (Corner of Bentham and Hutchins Streets).
Local restaurants and shops catered the event. Other local businesses contributed with numerous gift vouchers and goods that we given away on the night.
Entertainment was provided by Pete Akhurst, Random Notes, Dr Zot, and Queen Juanita & the Zydecho Cowboys.
Thanks to all the shopkeepers and businesses that helped make it so successful.
Beess & Co.
Bentham St Bar ‘n’ Pizza
Dwyer Dunn Property Consultants
Elyssium Beauty Therapy
First Choice Dry Cleaners
John Skurr Consulting Engineers P/L
Oaks Brasserie & Yarralumla Gallery
Palace Electric Cinemas
Regan Kennedy Photography
Sitting Ducks Catering
Turkish Halal Pide House
White Apple Fine Gifts & Wares
Yarralumla IGA Supermarket
Yarralumla Post Office & Flowers
27 November, 2012 (Tuesday) at Eastlake Club, Oxley Street, Griffith 7pm – The Inner South Canberra Community Council (ISCCC) Annual General Meeting
The Yarralumla Residents Association automatically has two positions on the Committee of the ISCCC, which is a forum for debate and policy formulation of matters affecting the wider Inner South Canberra community. Further details on the ISCCC are available at http://www.isccc.org.au/
24 November, 2012 (Saturday) 9:30am to 12:30pm Friends of Grassland (FOG) work party at Stirling Park
FOG holds work parties throughout the year. The preceding work parties have been well attended and have carried out a huge amount of clearing of the woody weeds (especially cotoneaster and firethorn). This work party will be similar with, in addition, some spraying of blackberry, Chilean Needle Grass and African Lovegrass. Gathering point at 9:30 will be near the sewer chimney. Please wear solid footwear, sun protection and bring drinking water. There will be a good - and always welcome - morning tea with time to share some thoughts.
Please register your interest with Jamie Pittock: Jamie.firstname.lastname@example.org
13 November, 2012 (Tuesday) at Yarralumla Uniting Church, Denman Street 6pm
The National Capital Authority held a public information session forum concerning Draft Amendment 78 – Stirling Ridge and Attunga Point (DA78).
The purpose of this draft amendment is to adjust current land use boundaries within Sections 17, 22 and 128 Yarralumla to accommodate diplomatic land use, to secure Stirling Ridge as an Open Space area and to foster management of Attunga Point as a possible future location for the Prime Minister’s Residence.
If enacted, the proposed amendment will result in an increase in the open space land use area while ensuring the NCA fulfils its responsibility to provide sites for diplomatic use and for a future residence for the Prime Minister.
A copy of the relevant document is available on the NCA consultation website, at www.nationalcapital.gov.au/haveyoursay.
The YRA contacted the NCA prior to the meeting and our questions and the NCA’s response is included under the Embassy Precint section of this website.