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Raiders closer to redevelopment

Artist's impression of the planned Raiders building in Braddon.

Artist's impression of the planned Raiders building in Braddon.

The Canberra Raiders' proposed $80 million redevelopment of the Braddon Club is closer to realisation following the ACT government's approval of a crucial component of the plan.

Canberra District Rugby League Football Club Ltd, the club's parent company, wants to build a mixed residential-commercial project on the site consisting of 160 units, shops, restaurants and offices.

The plan hinged on the ACT government allowing the concessional status of the land to be removed. This stipulated the area had to be used for a community club. The application has now been granted, which allows the club to go ahead with its plans for the site subject to the approval of a development application for the works.

But a request for a review of the government's decision could delay the company's million-dollar redevelopment.

The Braddon Club, which is located on land at the junction of Donaldson, Cooyong and Torrens streets, closed in June following the relocation of its 46 poker machines to the Canberra Raiders' Gungahlin venue.

The club closed for financial reasons ahead of the ACT government approving any development applications for the site.

A spokeswoman from the ACT Planning and Land Authority confirmed the application for de-concession of the Crown lease had been conditionally approved.

However, an application for a review of the decision has been lodged with the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal.

The North Canberra Community Council, which has always opposed the development for the site, wants the area retained for community uses. Chairman Leon Arundell said the council had lodged the request for appeal because community and recreational facilities were needed in Braddon.

''There's a growing population in that area particularly with the redevelopment of the ABC Flats,'' Mr Arundell said.

''It's basically because we think there are uses for that land rather than a residential commercial complex.''

He said the council did not object to that type of mixed-use development but wanted that particular site retained for the community.

Canberra District Rugby League Football Club chief executive Simon Hawkins said the appeal would represent ''another hiccup'' in the plans and the decision now rested in the hands of ACAT.

He said ACTPLA was still considering the development application for the major works on the site, including the construction of the three buildings.

The club decided to fast-track the demolition component of the application separately following vandalism at the site since its closure.

The development application is still in the public notification period.

The ACTPLA spokeswoman said an application had also been lodged with the Economic Development Directorate for the direct sale of a small area of land along Donaldson Street, adjacent to the site.

2 comments

  • Hey, Corbrell will simply use "HIS POWERS" and call it in.

    Commenter
    NITRO GANGSTER
    Date and time
    August 30, 2013, 8:08AM
    • So is the footy ground staying? If not how can this be allowed to happen. How can such a windfall happen to a commercial interest. Why is big business allowed to avoid all the legal hoops like the little guys. If vandalism is a problem then it is the owner's problem to address. It should not be used as an excuse to bypass due process. With 46 poker machines on tap then use 1% of the windfall from one machine to employ security. It looks like Canberrans are being taken for another ride.

      Commenter
      Suffering Raider's fan
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      August 30, 2013, 1:41PM
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