Tharwa Village Plan

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About the Tharwa Village Plan

The Tharwa Draft Village Plan aims to foster the protection and enhancement of Tharwa's unique character and build upon the value the village contributes to the local community, tourism and recreational opportunities for Canberra.

The draft village plan proposes a range of strategies and actions that aim to address the key challenges and opportunities that were identified for the village through earlier community engagement. These focus on the village core, Cuppacumbalong and the river corridor.

Tharwa is important to those who live, work and visit there and the development of this village plan is intended to maintain its village character and strengthen its culture and lifestyle.

Key recommendations proposed by the draft village plan include:

  • Making the village core an appealing, social, recreational and creative hub for the local community while also attracting visitors to experience the fine qualities of a rural village lifestyle.
  • Ensuring that Cuppacumbalong Homestead Precinct expresses and enhances the story of Tharwa.
  • Protecting and enhancing Tharwa's history (both Aboriginal and European) and its unique natural environment.

Study area

Key Issues

The first stage of community engagement provided an opportunity for the local residents to express what is important to them, their concerns and aspirations for the future of Tharwa.

Key findings from this stage of engagement included:

  • Support for some new development provided it respects the village character and heritage values.
  • Concern about poor infrastructure, including water, telephone and internet, as well as the closure of the Tharwa Primary School.
  • Cuppacumbalong Homestead was considered a major attractor for Tharwa and many in the community considered it should be open to the public more often.
  • The importance of the Murrumbidgee River for the town's character and the opportunity to strengthen the focus of the river for recreation and environmental activities.
  • Concern with a perceived decline in activity in the arts precinct and a reduction of community events.
  • The need for renewed community uses and commercial activity in the core area of the village.
  • Concern that there was no defined village centre and that the road and cycle connections to the south of Tuggeranong required improvement.

What’s happening now?

Stage 1 Community Engagement: Issues and Ideas

Stage 1 of community engagement started on 27 January and finished on 26 February 2016. Stage 1 of the village plan process informed the community, industry and representative groups about the village planning project, gained feedback on what needs to be addressed in the village and outlined the process and timeframes.

Findings from stage 1 can be found in the Tharwa Village Plan Community Engagement Outcomes.

Stage 2 Community Engagement: Tharwa Draft Village Plan

Stage 2 of community engagement on the draft village plan started on Friday 11 August and finished on Friday 22 September 2017. The Tharwa Draft Village Plan has been informed by community feedback, industry input and technical planning studies.

Consultation closed on 22 September 2017.

Next steps

EPSDD will consider feedback on the draft Village Plan provided by the community and other areas of Government during this second stage of engagement. This will inform development of the final version of the Tharwa Village Plan.

Once the final plan is released, the Government may propose changes to the Territory Plan that will also go through a community engagement process.

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