Project status: Closed

The Suburban Land Agency (SLA) has almost completed its land releases in Coombs and Wright, with only a handful of sites remaining. Of those sites, there are four, prominently-positioned sites which are mixed-use and community-zoned. These sites will play an important role within the Molonglo Valley district. Recognising the community’s strong interest in the shaping and on-going development of their community, the SLA is looking to gather community input into how these key sites will be released.

Project update:

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Coombs & Wright land release sites survey and community panel. The survey is now closed and all the feedback is now being considered.

The lucky draw for the three gift vouchers for survey participants has taken place and recipients notified. The winning names are: Julie Westwood, Ravi Jayaprakash and Brett Maron.

How to have YourSay:

Between now and Friday 26 March 2021, the Molonglo Valley community is invited to provide input and there are two ways you can contribute:

Complete the online survey

Have your say from the comfort of your lounge room by taking the seven-minute survey about these four sites. By participating, you will also go in the draw to win one of three $100 gift vouchers.

Volunteer for the community panel

The community panel will come together for two workshops on Saturday 13 and Saturday 20 March 2021 (9.30am – 1.30pm) and will include approximately 12 community members and stakeholders. Panel members will be chosen to be as demographically representative of the Molonglo Valley as possible. The panel will provide advice about each of the four sites for SLA to consider. Applications for the community panel close on Monday 8 March 2021. The online application form can be found here.

Are you involved with a local community organisation or business? We would love to hear from you. Please complete the application form to nominate to join the community panel or send in a submission directly to SLAengagement@act.gov.au


Background

Development of Molonglo Valley commenced in 2013. The district currently hosts a population of approximately 10,000 people. It is anticipated Molonglo Valley will eventually host a population of approximately 50,000 over the next 20 years.

Broadly speaking, the Molonglo Valley currently has a variety of high, medium and low-density residential housing, commercial, mixed use and community sites released in accordance with the ACT Government’s indicative Land Release Program. The Molonglo Commercial Centre is planned for release in the years to come.

The Indicative Land Release Program has identified four sites for release in 2020-2021 which are the last of their type in the area. SLA has identified that community and stakeholder input is required for the last mixed-use sites in Coombs and Wright. SLA recognises the community’s desire to see more community-focussed facilities, services and infrastructure provided through the release of these final sites in Coombs and Wright.

The four sites in question are in both Coombs and Wright. The sites are:

  • Block 1 Section 39, Steve Irwin Avenue, Wright (CZ5 Mixed Use)
  • Block 2 Section 36, Blackmore Street, Coombs (CZ4 Local Centre).
  • Block 1 Section 21, Fred Daly Avenue, Coombs (CZ5 Mixed Use)
  • Block 10, Section 63, Harriot Street, Wright (CFZ Community Facilities).

Sites A to C are located on John Gorton Drive, near the commercial and residential development of KoKo Molonglo and the Coombs shops. These three sites allow for the construction of residential, commercial and community-zoned services or infrastructure.

Site D is surrounded by residential homes in Wright and zoned for community facilities, infrastructure or services only.



We are looking at:

Before releasing the sites for sale, we are looking to the community for ideas and feedback about:

  • How these sites could be developed
  • How the sites could look
  • What type of residential, commercial and/or community inclusions are preferred (within the current planning framework)
  • How these sites could connect with the surrounding environment.


We will use survey responses and panel views to:

Inform any guidelines or assessment criteria associated with the sale of these sites. Community feedback will help frame the process for selling these blocks of land and inform community preferences for the four sites for development proposals.


More information:

If you would like more information call SLA on (02) 6205 0600 or email SLAengagement@act.gov.au