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Thursday, 21 August 1980
Page: 613

Mr FRY (Fraser) - On behalf of the Joint Committee on the Australian Capital Territory, I bring up the Committee's report on proposals for variations to the plan of layout of the city of Canberra and its environs, seventieth series, together with extracts of minutes of proceedings.

Ordered that the report be printed.

Mr FRY - by leave- The report on the seventieth series is the first of three report on changes to the city plan which the Committee expects to present during this session of the Parliament. There are four items contained in this series and all but one provoked a public response. The first variation deals with the re-alignment of the extension of Ellenborough Street in Kaleen to the Barton Highway. The proposal before the Committee was for the re-alignment of part of the proposed extension. The Committee has recommended approval of the variation to improve the intersection with the Barton Highway so that extension of Ellenborough Street could in fact proceed. In doing so the Committee has commented on the effects of the increased traffic on certain residential streets which will be generated by the link with the Barton Highway. According to the National Capital Development Commission an estimated 9,500 vehicles will use the Ellenborough Street link each day.

A number of measures were suggested to reduce the adverse effects of the increased traffic, including the closure of one street, Spigl Street, which links Kaleen and Giralang. The Committee has acknowledged the problems that could arise but does not feel that at this time the closure of Spigl Street is justified. This should be subject to reconsideration and assessment after the Ellenborough Street extension has been in use for some time and traffic flows have been established. The Committee has also suggested that residents and others who are likely to be affected by the closure should have an opportunity to express their views on the future of Spigl Street. A further suggestion is that when Ellenborough Street is connected to the Barton Highway, traffic control measures be introduced where necessary to ensure that the resulting traffic flows do not unduly inconvenience residents adjacent to the affected streets.

The other variation which provoked public interest was that for a road to provide access to 45 medium density units to be contructed in Yarralumla. The proposed units will form the first stage of the residential development adjacent to the Old Canberra Brickworks. A number of Yarralumla residents expressed concern about the effect of the increased traffic on the residential streets. The traffic to the proposed residential development would use the same street, Bentham Street, as the visitors to the Royal Canberra Golf Club. The Committee has approved the variation since it will bring new development to one of the older suburbs of Canberra. The Committee has also referred to the proposed construction of stage 1 of the Yarralumla 'tourist road' which, if constructed, could be the access road to the Royal Canberra Golf Club, thus diverting the Golf Club traffic from the residential streets. However, there is as yet no firm decision on the construction of this tourist road.

The Committee has also approved a variation relating to the High Court of Australia building. It involves the modification of an existing alignment by adding to the city plan an access road to the High Court carpark as well as adjusting the road reservation to provide a property boundary. The adjustment of the High Court boundary will overcome an encroachment by the High Court building onto the existing road reservation. However, this does raise questions as to leases for such national institutions, and the use of public footpaths. The Committee has sought further advice from the Minister for the Capital Territory (Mr Ellicott) on these matters. The final variation involved the deletion of a lane in Civic to make the site available for possible future commercial development. The Committee also approved this variation.

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