As reported in the Canberra Time on Saturday 24 November work has started on the housing development on the corner of Katherine Street and Darwinia Terrace in Chapman. A security fence has gone up and there is earth moving equipment on site. The Bicentennial National Trail from Eucumbene Drive uses the northern verge of Kathner Street to access Coolaman Ridge Nature Reserve and connect to Kambah Pony Club and the horse agistment to the south. As the plan for the development includes leaving trees and open space on the southern verge of Kathner Street, there will always be some distance between the BNT and the development. (See attached plan ) As part of the consultation process prior to development approval, the ACT Equestrian Association was able to have the following words included in the conditions for approval of the project:
Construction parking is to be located on the site, or in accordance with the approved Traffic Management Plan. There is to be no parking on the Northern verge of Katherine Street during construction and to ensure the Bicentennial National trail remains accessible to users at all times.