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The safe removal of asbestos, housing density and future community engagement were among the concerns raised at a second council consultation on Thursday to discuss progress on the Griffin Green housing project. CONNECTION | Griffiths Griffin Green on Park Remodeling Leonie Kawelmacher, coordinator at Alma Bamblett Community Center, expressed community concerns about how the safety of Pioneer residents could be maintained when the excavation of highly contaminated materials from Dave Taylor Park begins in early March. “We don’t understand why you have to disturb the hill. As soon as you open the bottom, it becomes dangerous to release the asbestos into the air,” said Ms. Kawelmacher. Brett Stonestreet, General Manager of Griffith City Council, assured that despite the possibility of building a “cap” over the hill, it was decided to remove the contaminated materials in the best interests of the project and the community. “The project provides the full opportunity to remove all contaminated material that is of concern in the community,” said Stonestreet. “We have hired qualified, accredited pollutant removers. They have to operate to very strict standards. If they break those standards in removing the contaminated material that evaporates from their business, it’s that easy.” Argyle Housing has now submitted the first development application for the ambitious project, in which 20 affordable apartments will be built as part of the first phase. Wendy Middleton, CEO of Argyle Housing, said that while building affordable housing in Griffith is crucial, she has taken into account residents’ comments about the density of the proposed plans. “There is such a need for affordable housing in Griffith. I see the other side of where people who work, live in cars and on couches because they can’t get private rent,” said Ms. Middleton. “I’ll take the density concerns and bring them back to the planning group and discuss them.” The recent changes to the Griffin Green project plan to include a basketball court for pioneer children resulted from the initial community consultation in December 2020 at Dave Taylor Park. Mr Stonestreet said the council was pleased that community involvement ensured feedback from the community long before development proposals were submitted. “We were here long before Christmas, where I presented the project in which the essential components have not changed. At this meeting we were certainly brought closer to the importance of the basketball court, and that was now included in the plan.” MORE NEWS

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February 12, 2021 – 12:20 p.m.

The safe removal of asbestos, housing density and future community engagement were among the concerns raised at a second council consultation on Thursday to discuss progress on the Griffin Green housing project.

Leonie Kawelmacher, coordinator of the Alma Bamblett Community Center, expressed concerns about the community’s concerns about how the safety of the pioneer residents could be ensured if the excavation of highly contaminated materials from Dave Taylor Park begins in early March.

“We don’t understand why you have to disturb the hill. As soon as you open the bottom, it becomes dangerous to release the asbestos into the air,” said Ms. Kawelmacher.

Brett Stonestreet, General Manager of Griffith City Council, assured that despite the possibility of building a “cap” over the hill, it was decided to remove the contaminated materials in the best interests of the project and the community.

“The project provides the full opportunity to remove all contaminated material that is of concern in the community,” said Stonestreet.

“We have hired qualified, accredited pollutant removers. They have to operate to very strict standards. If they break those standards in removing the contaminated material that evaporates from their business, it’s that easy.”

AFFAIRS: Residents of Pioneer had another opportunity to discuss plans and processes for the construction of Grififn Green with members of the council.  PHOTO: Kat Vella

AFFAIRS: Residents of Pioneer had another opportunity to discuss plans and processes for the construction of Grififn Green with members of the council. PHOTO: Kat Vella

Argyle Housing has now submitted the first development application for the ambitious project, in which 20 affordable apartments will be built as part of the first phase. Wendy Middleton, CEO of Argyle Housing, said that while building affordable housing in Griffith is crucial, she has taken into account residents’ comments about the density of the proposed plans.

“There is such a need for affordable housing in Griffith. I see the other side of where people who work, live in cars and on couches because they can’t get private rent,” said Ms. Middleton.

“I’ll take the density concerns and bring them back to the planning group and discuss them.”

Recent changes to Griffin Green’s project plan to include a basketball court for pioneer children resulted from the initial community consultation in December 2020 at Dave Taylor Park.

Mr Stonestreet said the council was pleased that community involvement had ensured that community feedback was taken into account well before development proposals were submitted.

“We were here long before Christmas, where I presented the project in which the essential components have not changed. At this meeting we were certainly made aware of the importance of the basketball court, and that was now included in the plan.”