assessment referral has been lodged
The company wanting to build the proposed war memorials beside the
lake has lodged heritage
assessment documents with the Department of the Environment.
This is normally the final step before approval is given to
construct. We are concerned that they have taken little notice of
the huge public outcry against the proposed construction. They
have reduced the height of the designed towers from 20m to 15m,
and moved them closer to the road, further from the lake, but
otherwise, the design is little changed from the previous
If you are concerned about the impact of these towers on the
landscape in Canberra, as we are, you have very little time to
lodge an objection. Submissions close by COB on 15 Feb.
To ensure your comments are
effective, the department has asked for submissions to:
Objections should be sent
or in printed form to
- Clearly reference
the referral in your submission: EPBC number:
Memorial Development Committee/Tourism and recreation/Rond
Terraces Land Axis South of Parkes Way,
Canberra/ACT/Construction of two 15m height memorials
- State clearly
whether, and how, you believe the proposal would have a
significant impact on matters protected by the EPBC Act. The
Minister, or their delegate, can only take into account
comments, concerns or issues in respect to the specific
matters of national environmental significance or matters
protected under the EPBC Act. Be specific by stating which
aspects of the proposal would impact on matters (e.g. a
particular listed species or heritage value).
- If you believe the
information in the referral is misleading or incorrect, you
should state the reasons why and provide correct information,
- Give the source of
any key information used in reaching your conclusion.
- Provide clear
contact details if the Department needs to get in touch with
you to seek clarification.
- Provide comments by
the due date. If your comments are going to be late, please
contact the Department before the due date, and advise of your
intention to provide comment, and the date the comment will be
provided. The Department will advise you if the comments can
Business Entry Point
We strongly recommend
that you ask SeWPAC to advise the Minister that the proposed
action (the lakeside war memorials) is clearly unacceptable
because of its social, economic and environmental impacts.
This Word document has some dot points that you
may wish to draw upon.
Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
GPO Box 787
CANBERRA ACT 2601
If you wish to go into more detail, you could draw upon
this additional document, which considers the impact of the
proposed memorials on heritage values.
6 Feb 2012