On 24 December 2014, the National Capital Authority (NCA) received a works application from Royal Canberra Golf Club (RCGC) for modfication to fairways, tees and greens, bunkers, drainage works and the removal and replanting of trees. A subsurface drainage network was also proposed for holes 1-27 as there was no existing infrastructure in place as well as modifications to be made to all holes and the short iron range.
Between 19 April and 13 May 2014, public consultation on the application was undertaken in accordance with the NCA's 'Commitment to Community Engagement'. The NCA received a total of nine submissions on the proposal. Some of the key issues raised by the community during the consultation process included:
- Removal of a significant number of trees from the golf course including Westbourne Woods;
- the Board of the RCGC perceived as trying to pass a plan that members of the club did not support;
- the course architect of the Master Plan focused on redesign of the golf course at the expense of the trees;
- the application not addressing the potential impact of the proposed works on Canberra's Garbage incinerator and ventilation shaft of Canberra's Main Outfall Sewer and lack of discussion about the special association with Walter Burley Griffin (as the only building in the ACT with which he is associated); and
- the impact of the proposed works on the heritage values of the site.
The National Capital Authority (NCA) has prepared a Consultation Report for a Works Approval application from Royal Canberra Golf Club (RCGC) for modfication to fairways, tees and greens, bunkers, drainage works and the removal and replanting of trees. The Report was prepared in accordance with the NCA's 'Commitment to Community Engagement (August 2011)'which details how the NCA conducts consultation.
For further information, please contact the Works Approvals Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 6271 2888.