Greens call for Community Reference Group for Manuka

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ACT Greens MLA, Shane Rattenbury, is calling for community involvement in planning for the Manuka precinct and a comprehensive community consultation process following concerns raised by residents in response to an unsolicited bid to develop Manuka Oval.

“I have received considerable constituent feedback on the GWS and Grocon proposal for Manuka Oval, both about the proposal itself and the unsolicited bid process. The ACT Greens agree with many of the concerns within the community including issues around heritage and scale,” said Mr Rattenbury.

“I have written to the Chief Minister proposing a similar process for the Manuka precinct to that which was recently undertaken for the Yarralumla Brickworks, where a community reference group was established as part of a consultation process to define the broad objectives for the precinct. 

“We have seen with Yarralumla that we can achieve really positive outcomes both for the community and for the government when we involve key stakeholders and residents in the process.

“Given that the Chief Minister has stated that no work would commence at Manuka Oval until after the Test Cricket Match in 2018/19, there is now time to embark on a more comprehensive consultation and planning process between Government and the community.

“This would then set the framework for potential developers to develop their proposals for the Oval and the precinct. It could also then be used by the Government to help judge whether a proposal meets community expectations.

“There has been some positive support for the proposal and development in the area may have merit. However, given the level of concern that has also been raised, it is vital that we involve the community in the process to ensure we achieve the best outcome for the entire ACT community,” said Mr Rattenbury.