CONCERNED residents of Lyneham have come together to form the Lyneham Community Association, with the aim of ensuring that development in the area maintains its historic, leafy and community-oriented character.
The immediate stimulus for the group’s formation was the unpopular proposal by the Brindabella Christian College to extend their school onto much used public land at Lyneham Oval.
The group’s first activity has been to hang padlocks engraved with “We Love Lyneham” onto public areas that are deemed precious and valuable.
“Lyneham residents cherish our open space and the medium density developments along Northbourne Avenue and into our suburb will only make it more important that we value and protect it,” said Lyneham Community Association Chair and long-term resident, Denis O’Brien.
The Association is only a fortnight old, but is already reaching out to schools, businesses, residents and other community groups, as well as the Territory government, to begin the process of developing a Master Plan for the oval that would see the space better utilised as it becomes an increasingly valuable social asset for current and future residents in the area.
“The medium density housing that is coming into the Inner North can be a great, vibrant addition to the community, for new residents and business, as long as it’s done well. But, especially as the educational and recreational needs grow, we will need a solid plan for the Lyneham precinct, the supporting facilities and most importantly, community open space. The best way for that to happen is for the community not just to have a voice as recipients of development proposals, but to lead the conversation,” said Association Secretary, Rich Dean.
Other issues the Association will look at include traffic management, especially along Brigalow St, and other major streets; road, cycle and pedestrian safety and accessibiity for all, with a special focus on the many children who walk or ride to school in the area; and importantly the expected developments related to the Capital Metro.
All residents are invited to join, and to attend the Association’s inaugural AGM at St Ninian’s Church Hall, Cnr Brigalow St & Mouat St, Lyneham, 7.30-9pm on Monday, February 23.