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Thursday, 9 December 1976
Page: 3565

To the Speaker and the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The petition of the undersigned citizens of Australia respectfully showeth that many Australians are concerned at the recent outbreak of racial riots and killings in South Africa.

We your petitioners do therefore humbly pray that the Australian Government:

(   1 ) Call upon the South African Government to eliminate apartheid and racial discrimination;

(2)   Withdraw the Australian Trade Commissioners from South Africa in accordance with U.N. resolution 341 1G (December 1975.)

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. by Mr Hamer.

Petition received.

Residential Development in the Australian Capital Territory

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives in Parliament assembled. The Petition of the undersigned respectfully showeth:

(a)   that the proposed residential development of the vacant block bounded by Fitchett Street, Kitchener Street and Yamba Drive, Garran is unsuitable in so busy and dangerous an area and grossly unfair to the public, particularly the residents and property owners in Garran; and

(b)   that we wish the block to be left as an open area and made safe for use by the many children and residents in the area and as a pleasant waiting area for visitors to Woden Valley Hospital.

Your petitioners most humbly pray that the House of Representatives, in Parliament assembled, should bear in mind that:

1.   The Yamba Drive/Kitchener Street comer is an extremely dangerous corner with accidents and near-accidents there a regular occurrence; the proposed development will increase the volume of traffic and parking congestion, by residents and visitors, on the already very busy streets bounding the block. Also, if the proposed large development (residential) at the other end of Fitchett Street is proceeded with, an additional very heavy volume of traffic will emanate from those sites along Fitchett Street which, in our opinion, was not constructed wide enough to cope with the expected extra heavy flow and extra street parking.

2.   The reality of the Woden Valley Hospital, commenced in 1972, has seriously altered the situation since the correspondence and discussion with residents in 1970-71. Today, residents in the area have to cope with disturbances caused (a) by ambulance and police sirens at any time of day or night; and (b) by the much greater volume of traffic brought by hospital staff, patients, visitors and all kinds of services to the hospital and its accommodation areas.

3.   We are already overwhelmed by the extent of future extensions and developments on the Hospital site- most of which were not public knowledge in 1970-71. These extensions include: (a) a new 6-storey laboratory block, (b) the extension of the car park with access to Kitchener Street and (c) a helicopter station on the Kitchener Street/Yamba Drive corner.

4.   Other invasions on the peace and privacy of Garran residents include: sirens: Phillip fire station trucks sirens: Phillip police cars much shouting and screaming by participants and spectators and disturbance from public address systems on the sports fields and ovals in the areas- very often at weekends and other times when most Canberra residents can expect peace and quiet. much street congestion through heavy traffic and extremely limited parking facilities in areas adjacent to the sports fields and ovals, creating serious traffic hazards.

5.   Nearby open spaces, namely sports fields and ovals (which are fenced), are used regularly by schools and clubs for organised sports and are not available to the children who therefore desperately, need the vacant block in question as a safe play area.

N.B. In addition, even if available, the existing sports fields are not safely accessible. It is far too dangerous for small children and older children with bicycles etc. to cross the four-lane Yamba Drive or busy Kitchener Street with its already dangerous crossing to the Garran Primary School.

6.   With future Hospital developments eliminating the open space on that side of Kitchener Street we wish the existing trees on the block to remain- the sketchy plan provided by the NCDC shows the proposed destruction of the best stand of trees on the block.

7.   The values of nearby properties will be seriously and unfairly depreciated and the owners of some of these properties will be greatly disadvantaged by the loss of their present views across to the hills.

8.   If there is any urgency to construct seven town houses in this part of Canberra, we suggest that the NCDC proceed instead with the development of some of the large number of home sites on Swinger Hill already serviced and ready for immediate development.

9.   Garran is a suburb without an officially-designated suburban park. Children's play areas exist for the safety and welfare of children in the Dennis Street and Curlewis Crescent areas; the block in question is the only safe area available to the children in the Fitchett Street area of the suburb.

And your petitioners as in duty bound will ever pray. byMrHaslem.

Petition received.

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