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Deadline extended on Gold Creek Country Club proposal

One of the holes at Gold Creek Country Club.

One of the holes at Gold Creek Country Club. Photo: Melissa Adams

The ACT government has extended the public notification period on a development application for Gold Creek Country Club after residents expressed concerns over the plans.

The public notification period on the proposal to change the lease conditions of the golf course land was due to end last Tuesday but has been extended until the end of January.

An ACT Planning and Land Authority spokesman said several residents had requested the extension.

About 15 submissions had been lodged with ACTPLA by the original deadline.

Some members of the golf club and residents of Harcourt Hill are concerned by the move because they fear the loss of open space and more development could have an impact on property values.

They are also not happy about the lack of consultation and many home owners backing onto the golf course claim they were not notified about the development.

The club's owners submitted a development application at the end of last year to subdivide its land on Curran Drive in Nicholls, which would separate the golf course from the club, pro-shop and other facilities.

The Konstantinou Group wants to eventually sell the site's commercial tenancies to fund other projects at the location to turn the area into more of a community sporting precinct. This includes an indoor sports centre which has already been approved by ACTPLA.

The approved application would separate current permitted uses under the block's Crown lease between the two subdivided blocks.

More than 100 Nicholls residents met last week to discuss the development application.

While some residents remain opposed to the plan, many simply want development to be sympathetic to the surrounds and are hopeful of a positive outcome.

Konstantinou Group director Harry Konstantinou said he was not concerned by the extension to the public notification time and it would not delay any plans.

He said the group had received quite a bit of support from residents in the area about what they were doing with the site.

Mr Konstantinou said while some people were not happy with the development application, they did not understand it was just a subdivision.

''There's not one bit of construction occurring under that development application … people are just scaremongering,'' he said.

The Konstantinou Group bought the Gold Creek Country Club from the ACT government for $3 million in 2005. In a letter sent to members just before Christmas, the Gold Creek Country Club said the course operated at a loss of more than $500,000 a year.

It also invited comments on the proposal and provided assurance the course would predominantly remain an 18-hole championship golf course.

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