Help stop the demolition of the landmark CSIRO HQ building- submissions close on the 27th!
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To the National Capital Authority and to the Speaker and Members of the ACT Legislative Assembly
This petition of residents of the Australian Capital Territory opposes the application that has been submitted to the National Capital Authority (NCA) for the demolition of all existing buildings on Block 4 and 5, Section 38 Campbell (30 Limestone Avenue).
The petitioners believe that more work is required to provide a suitable development that falls within the existing crown lease requirements and the conduct of the NCA’s actioning of a Works Approval for demolition of this significant building being agreed to prior to the release of the Heritage & Environment Assessments is a breach of the requirements listed in the DCP. The original DCP approval had the main CSIRO HQ building being sensibly shown as repurposed. The current plan for demolition of the main CSIRO HQ building is not supported by the community.
The unnecessary waste stream of the demolition with loss of embodied energy by demolishing a building that the Heritage study has shown to be significant, shows that NCA has made a poor decision issuing a Works Approval for its demolition. It is also an incredibly poor sustainability option supported and approved by the NCA.
The demolition plan utilising Quick St is unacceptable, especially with Campbell High students in close proximity. The proposed 457 apartments and Health Club is an excessive development with major traffic issues stipulated and highlighted to the developers of the site as a major traffic congestion issue no less than by the original lessor the Commonwealth Department of Finance.
The proposed demolition of a significant Canberra building and the proposed excessive development will lead to degrading of the local environment and community amenity. The petitioners support a parliamentary review of the NCA’s operations to facilitate changes to the policy and procedures of the NCA with the actioned outcome to provide proactive protection of the local environment and community amenity.
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