Australian Capital Territory

Canberra Brickworks options released

THE ACT Land Development Agency last week unveiled two final options for the Canberra Brickworks and Environs Planning Strategy, with the favoured option proposing a $136 million development of the site.

Two options were proposed, with the preferred option proposing adaptation of the brickworks site, funded by commercial and residential development. The second option, mothballing, proposes no development and retaining and maintaining all existing buildings and structures at a cost of $7 million, in addition to ongoing costs.

The Agency warned that the mothballed option would see continued site disturbance and vandalism, no public access to quarry area and limited access to the brickworks site and no park or landscaping works, with the heritage buildings effectively becoming sealed and preserved.

The $136 million adaptation option would see the creation of a 110-dwelling village, three new parks, a new public transport interchange on Adelaide Avenue connected by a pedestrian bridge, pedestrian and cycle networks and a variety of low rise dwelling types and sizes. It proposes the reuse of "nearly all" buildings on the site, including retail spaces, commercials offices and community spaces.

Plans will be on exhibition until February 2011 to inform the preparation of a finalised preferred option. A recommendation is expected to be made to the ACT Government in late February 2011.

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