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The Woden Valley Community Council (WVCC) is a non-political, voluntary lobby group for the Woden Valley community.

We focus on a wide range of issues such as planning, community facilities and infrastructure, parks and open space, public transport, parking, education, the environment and health. Community Councils are officially recognised by the ACT Government and are consulted by government on issues affecting our communities.

Our monthly meeting is held on the first Wednesday of each month (Feb - Dec) at 7.30pm upstairs at the Hellenic Club in Matilda St, Phillip.

Membership is free and new members are always very welcome. Contact us at info@wvcc.org.au


Please note: WVCC is not a local government council. If you have enquiries relating to government issues, please contact the ACT Government via Canberra Connect - phone 13 22 81 or Online Customer Feedback.



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Observations from Italy

Deputy Chair of WVCC, Mike Reddy, is currently touring through Italy and has sent up some observations relevant to WVCC. WVCC regularly discusses transport, urban planning, solar access and energy and community amenity. Mike's travel diary touches on these issues.
Part one: Rome
Part two: Florence to Lipari
Part three: Syracusa to Naples

WVCC - Budget 2015 -16 submission

Woden Valley Council Council (WVCC) has list four key priorities in its Budget 2015 -16 submission.

  • The design and construction of a Woden valley community centre: WVCC understands that designs and potential sites have already been identified. Further consultation with Woden community is required.
  • Funding for the construction of Wetlands on Yarralumla creek: Yarralumla creek has been identified as a priority area for the ACT Basin priority project, WVCC welcomes the allocation of funding through this program.
  • An Enclosed aquatic facility for Woden: The state of Phillip pool and the move by the ACT Government for higher density in the town centre ,makes an enclosed pool for Woden highly desirable. This has been backed by two major consultant reports
  • Upgrade of the Woden Bus interchange and associated transport infrastructure: With the Westfield Mall extension in doubt, the ACT Government needs to continue the upgrade and redesign of the Interchange without Westfield. Also continue the upgrade at Woden bus depot and bus lane priority measures along Athllon Drive and Yarra Glen/ Adelaide Avenue.

Read the full submission here ...

AGM 2013-2014 - Chair’s Report

2013-2014 was another busy year for WVCC, in which we have reflected and represented community views on a wide range of issues. The problems of the Town Centre (at least some of which are related to its continuing neglect by government) resulted  in a high degree of media interest in September-October 2014. I was interviewed half a dozen times during this period, stressing on each occasion that WVCC was not against high-rise per se, but only inappropriate, poorly thought-through high-rise, and reiterating the case for coordinated planning. I also restated WVCC’s position regarding the bus interchange – it should be developed by the public sector in the public interest.

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Plans to redevelop Strathgordon Court, Lyons

The Community Services Directorate gave a presentation to WVCC on its plans to redevelop Strathgordon Court in Lyons. http://www.communityservices.act.gov.au/hcs/act-omnibus-draft-territory-plan-community-consultation .
In its submission on these plans, WVCC has urged higher quality design and a commitment to continued public housing on the site.

Click Full story to see presentation slides ...

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Woden Green - Stage 3

Woden Green is a significant development east of the Woden Town centre bounded by Hindmarsh Drive and Callum Street.   Woden Valley Community Council has been consulted by the developers, Hindmarsh, over several years prior to and during construction.

 The architects, Scott Carver Pty Ltd, advise that "following recent upgrades to the cycleway, road infrastructure and pedestrian overpass, Hindmarsh plan to deliver the next stages in the Woden Green estate.  Comprised of a series of 3-storey residential buildings, underground parking, landscaping and recreational facilities, the development will be delivered over two separate stages.

 Hindmarsh have already been active in consulting with residents of the surrounding properties.  Following lodgement with ACTPLA the Development Applications will be available for public view and comment."

 Please follow the link to view plans and imagery of the proposals
The Canberra Times article of 6 Aug 14...

PHILLIP Development Application: 201425274 Address: 7 IRVING STREET Block: 1 Section: 22

The WVCC lodged a submission on this development application - click to view ...

Original Proposal: MULTI DWELLING-323 UNITS DEVELOPMENT. Proposed construction of 323 dwellings contained in three towers (two 12 storeys in height and one 9 storeys in height) with residential amenities including gym, swimming pool and communal landscaped areas, with two basement levels, on site landcaping and off site works, and the relocation of an existing easement.  Period for representations closes: 13/05/2014

Click here to view the plans

Woden Tradies Club Redevelopment - DA 201323585

The Woden Tradies Redevelopment on the corner of Launceston Street and Melrose Drive, Section 3 , Block 13  & 15 has been approved with conditions:

  •     The building height of the residential apartments facing Melrose Dr has been reduced to 19 storeys, stepping up from 17 storeys at front.
  •     Demolition of part of the Quality Hotel building.
  •     Variation of the Crown lease for consolidation of Blocks 13 & 15.
  •     Removal of street trees as required.

A copy of the Merit Track Notice of Decision is available here ...

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