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Village plan to guide future development of Tharwa

The ACT government is developing a village plan for Tharwa to guide future development of Canberra's oldest settlement.

Minister for Planning Mick Gentleman, who announced the plan on Thursday, said the final document would align with the ACT Planning Strategy, which promoted Canberra as the "bush capital".

Mr Gentleman said the village's historical significance required the development of a plan, which would involve community consultation.

"Tharwa poses some planning challenges in terms of supply of utilities and its positioning as a rural village," he said.

"The village is important to those who live, work and visit there and the plan provides a great opportunity to maintain and strengthen the village culture and lifestyle.

"Set in a picturesque landscape beside the Murrumbidgee River at the foot of Mount Tennent, Tharwa is Canberra's oldest official settlement and is close to many Canberrans' hearts."


Mr Gentleman said community feedback would inform a draft village plan. The draft would also be open to community comment before a final plan was finalised.

The Tharwa community will be invited to two community workshops.

Mr Gentleman said the workshops would discuss Tharwa's key assets and ideas or community-initiated projects, with the aim of enhancing Tharwa's rural character while reflecting the views and aspirations of residents.

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Community engagement will end on February 26.