Murrumbidgee - Ginninderra Gorges National Park: Information Note 38

New Committee member

First of all welcome to Luis Teran. Luis has volunteered to join the committee and he was formally accepted at our last meeting.

Prior to this we had our AGM and a truly wonderful presentation from Barry Virtue. Unfortunately you had to be there to hear. So if you get another chance I would certainly encourage you to go and listen to Barry.

Parkwood Development Applications

Lots happening in both ACT and NSW. The NSW Department of Planning and Environment has issued a Gateway Determination which covers a wide range of issues. The ACT government is soon to determine if the ACT Minister for Planning, Mick Gentleman, is to have a public enquiry into the ACT Development Application.

The Ginninderra Falls Association certainly encourages the ACT Planning authority to hold a public enquiry. The Parkwood development has so many unique impacts. Our immediate concern is the adequacy of the public park for the Murrumbidgee and Ginninderra Gorges but there are many other issues, for example, the wonderful Strathnairn Arts Centre, the complicated mix of jurisdictions, water quality for one of Australia's premier rivers. Any significant proposal will also have to consider transport, shopping, schools, urban parks and so on.

This is not to say that we in any way believe that the public has been excluded from the exercise. Indeed Riverview, and Mr Maxwell in particular, has to be highly commended in this regard. On a personal note I hope that the ACT's Land Development Agency insist on this standard for all future projects.

At the end of the day the two Planning Ministers will have to make the decision. We, for example, have recommended, for the new park, a minimum river and creek corridor of 300 meters. This is not in the current proposal for the NSW section near the iconic Ginninderra Falls. The development proposal's boundary pickets are as close as 75 meters to Ginninderra creek. This section near the Falls will have the highest visitor numbers and much is unsuitable for housing as it will be part of the reclaimed quarry.

Cheers,

Darryl Seto
(for the Ginninderra Falls Committee)

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