The West Belconnen/Parkwood land constitutes a total area of around 1600 hectares. However, only around half of this or 800 hectares will be developed. The remaining 800 hectares will be an open space network created by a 577 hectare conservation corridor along the Murrumbidgee River and Ginninderra Creek; and 108 hectares in the centre of the development at the location of the old Belconnen landfill, which is to be rehabilitated for recreational and other community uses. The remaining 115 hectares of the open space network will be found in other public areas including a considerable network of space under the power lines across the site that will provide space for connecting bike paths and walkways between precincts.
The old Belconnen landfill was closed to the public in May 2002 but currently functions as the ACT’s emergency landfill if the Mugga landfill becomes temporarily unavailable. The West Belconnen/Parkwood Project team has been working with the ACT Government to identify alternative sites for emergency landfill. This will enable the permanent closure of the landfill and rehabilitation of the site for public open space and other community-related activities, including projects supporting environmental sustainability.
The main goal for the landfill site is to transform it into a sustainability precinct. In the first instance the precinct could provide recycling and reuse programs as part of a proposed Ecology Business Park.
Other possible future uses include an urban farm, renewable energy, community spaces and a variety of recreational activities (e.g. equestrian use, mountain biking). Over time this site will become a major community asset.
Residential development will not occur on the site of the old Landfill.
Residential development will not occur under or within a 60m easement under the 330kV transmission lines feeding to the Canberra Sub Station located on Parkwood Road. This land will be used for a range of other activities, including urban agriculture and the off road movement systems (bike paths, riding trails).