Working for Woden

This morning I spoke at the Woden Group Breakfast Forum where I outlined some of the things we are doing for the Woden and Weston Creek region in the 2016-17 ACT Budget.

Significant infrastructure investment

Capital works program of $2.9 billion over four years, includes:

  •  Upgrades of Canberra Hospital, Calvary Public & ACT Health facilities – $100 million
  • Public housing renewal – $393 million

In Woden:

  •  Duplication of Cotter Road – from Tuggeranong Parkway to Yarralumla Creek
  •  Intersection upgrades – Hindmarsh Drive and Launceston St, and Hindmarsh Drive and Eggleston Crescent
  •  New footpaths and cycles lanes in Woden Town Centre
  •  Woden Bus interchange upgrade
  •  New Woden bus depot

Woden – ACT PS office accommodation

The ACT Government is moving 1000 staff to the Woden Town Centre

Some ACT Health staff are already working in the Town Centre every day

  • Remaining ACT Health staff will be fully relocated to Woden soon

A new Access Canberra shopfront will open in Woden in the coming months

  • About 350 staff
  • Full-service shopfront with more services, such as business licensing, and births, death and marriages

Woden – land release

Land releases across Woden in coming 4 years include:

  • 5,000m2 supermarket site in Mawson
  • 4,000m2 child care site and an 18,000m2 site (purpose TBC) on the former North Curtin Primary School
  • Strathgordon Court in Lyons is earmarked for 450 new dwellings
  • New residential precinct along Athllon Drive in Mawson, opposite the Phillip Trades Precinct
  • Section 80 in Phillip (Callam Office Precinct) in 2019-20. This follows design and feasibility work about re-purposing Callam Offices into a community hub and possible residential opportunities

Woden – Public transport and urban renewal

  • Light rail: Woden Town Centre masterplan creates space for light rail network along Callam Street
  • Woden bus depot: Design and feasibility work has started to expand the current depot to improve the operation of the bus network
  • Woden bus interchange upgrade: The upgrade will create a safer environment for pedestrians by improving links between the interchange and Woden town square. Demolition work is complete. Project expected to be completed in September
  • Canberra Southern Cross Club: New health and wellbeing centre, and early learning centre, has been announced for the old pitch and putt site 
  • Furzer St car park: due to open in August
  • Pay parking in Phillip: We have listened to the concerns raised. The ACT Government will consult with local businesses and the community in the coming weeks about revised future options

Masterplans for the Woden Town Centre and Mawson Group Centre are now approved

  • The Environment and Planning Directorate has started preparation of a Territory Plan Variation to implement the masterplans (likely issued after November)
  • The Woden masterplan allows for greater residential densification along main transport routes (such as Athllon Drive), and in and around the town centre (up to 24 storeys in the core of the town centre itself)
  • The Mawson masterplan also allows for greater densification (up to 6 storeys)
  • Both masterplans focus on preserving current parks, and improving walking and cycling access to nearby suburbs
  • Masterplans continue to provide for office accommodation and commercial developments