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''We are in an area that is declining in
population, there should be a plan to
''For some reason Gungahlin in the
north is where the Government is
constantly doing land releases. What
about us down in the south? It is very
According to the Australian Bureau
of Statistics, the population of
Tuggeranong has decreased from
90,171 in 2004 to 89,207 in 2010.
A spokeswoman for Environment
and Sustainable Development Minister
Simon Corbell said the last land
release in Tuggeranong was three
years ago when 135 blocks were
released in Bonython including five
multi-unit blocks, which in total
allowed for about 200 dwellings.
She said there were no plans for
residential land releases to the south or
west of the Town Centre, however, the
Government was looking at increasing
the population within the Town
Centre. Part of this is the mixed-use
development planned for Greenway,
which will commence in 2012-13 with
200 dwelling sites.
Tuggeranong Community Council
president Darryl Johnston said while
he found Mr Ell's comments
interesting, it was not something the
council was concerned with.
''It (land release around the Town
Centre) is not something the council
has even contemplated,'' he said.
Library's future in focus
ACT Property Group director Stephen Ryan is developing a Conservation Management Plan for Woden Library, which was heritage listed in 2009.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Community can have a say
A CONSERVATION management
plan is being developed to guide the
future direction of the heritage listed
The library was listed on the ACT
Heritage Register in 2009 for its
architectural design -- concrete brutal-
ism. It is one of a handful of remaining
buildings in the ACT that employed
ACT Property Group director Ste-
phen Ryan said the conservation plan
would be a guide for future care and
use, including any new development. It
will set out what is significant about
the library and what policies are
appropriate to enable that significance
to be retained in its future use and
''The Woden Library is an import-
ant community hub and because of this
it is important that the plan both
respects the heritage values of the
facility while enabling it to meet the
current and future needs of the com-
munity,'' Mr Ryan said.
He said it was important for the
community to have input into what the
feel was special about the library.
''This is the busiest of all of the
ACT Government's libraries, about
1000 people a day visit,'' Mr Ryan
''The building has been used by
many groups for events and courses
and there has been an active cafe on
site for many years. Current programs
and services include story time and
giggle and wiggle sessions for chil-
dren, online book clubs, author talks,
internet and WIFI access.
''People use it for research or to
come and have a read and a coffee and
escape for a few hours.
''The Government wants to define
what it is the community values about
the building and the services provided
People wanting to have their say can
complete a survey, which can be found
Community consultation closes
today (Tuesday, September 13).
HYPERDOME FARING WELL
Despite the retail sector generally
suffering in Canberra, sales are on
the increase at the Tuggeranong
During last week's presentation at
Tuggeranong Community Council's
meeting on the future of the
Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Wayne
Moodie from centre management
said sales in the Hyperdome's
stores had increased 6.77 per cent
and foot traffic through the centre
had increased 8.28 per cent in the
past 12 months.
''Retail has gone through some
torrid times of late, but we are still
holding our own,'' Mr Moodie said.
''We also have a declining
population and an increase in retail
area in Canberra to contend with.''
Mr Moodie said while there were
currently 20 empty stores in the
centre at the moment, many of
these had deals that would see new
tenants move in before Christmas.
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