BCC development proposal 2nd meeting

BCC development proposal 2nd meeting

The SRS, BCC and LCA facilitated a second community meeting to discuss the BCC proposal on Wednesday 17th June.

Just under 100 people attended and the meeting presented the revised proposal from BCC with additions regarding a ‘Community Precinct’ for the wider LNO area and a reserved space for possible, but yet undetermined, Lyneham Primary School expansion.

The pdf of the presentation is here . (29MB – large file)

The MOU regarding use of the facilities is here.

The responses to the initial questions and concerns raised at the first meeting is here.

Melanie Spencer, acting Principal of BCC, advised that her personal input was provided to the design to attempt to meet broad community needs.

Gary Rake, Deputy Director-General at ACT Government, Economic Development Directorate, presented the options considered and discussed the vision of how the Lyneham Precinct and and the BCC proposal fit into the LNO space.

The proposed ‘Lyneham Precinct’ has no legislative instrument to support it, nor any funding for future works.

A large portion of the Oval is proposed to be reserved for potential future expansion of Lyneham Primary School.

The ‘revised’ proposal by BCC had some additional rooms removed, but is otherwise of much the same scale and seeks to develop the same area of Oval as the first proposal. There are some additional facilities for sporting use and storage, and a lockable bbq. The proposed building footprint is 900sq metres.

A number of outstanding concerns were raised again by Lyneham residents during the meeting, mostly regarding appropriation of PRZ1 Urban Open Space by a private entity.

Concerns were also raised about traffic and safety, if both LPS and BCC grew significantly.

BCC community stakeholders raised their own concerns in response regarding traffic and that not all the traffic is a result of BCC. One BCC community member declared that if nothing was done with the oval it is more than likely ‘up for development’.

The meeting canvassed a range of views from the floor and Shane Rattenbury provided closing comments.

Shane Rattenbury and Gary Rake both noted that no decision had yet been made on whether the BCC proposal would progress.

LCA and it’s members are appreciative of the efforts to hold the meeting and discuss proposals before any progression of a DA by BCC.


    1. Chair

      Hi waterwoman,
      we have heard the requests by you and others that we state our position and the demands from some that we take a stand.

      Our difficulty with taking a stand is that some who demand it are also demanding that we take their standpoint and theirs alone and with no nuance that takes into account the views of others. Dammed every which way no matter what we do.

      At one end is No friggin’ way, tell ’em their dreaming’ and at the other is what a great addition to the community, go for it in between there are a number of views and opinions, some based on emotion others based on careful consideration costs, benefits and consequences for the community as a whole.

      We will continue to provide a forum for discussion and seek out the views of the wider community.

  1. I Walk The Lyneham

    This obviously took a bit of time to craft but well done on outlining the meeting without all the Sturm und Drang. I guess this comments section can provide the necessary colour. Take it away Lynehammerers…

    1. Chair

      Hi Walker,
      I hope you don’t mind my abbreviating and giving you a LCA nickname (and I think I could get used to Lynehammerers and may borrow it at an appropriate time)

      In fear of swelling our Honorary Secretary’s head I marvel at his ability to distil complex discussions down to their essence and communicate the vibe. Our community is well served when volunteers like him step up to the plate.

      I totally endorse your statement: Take it away Lynehammerers…

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