The Right Honourable Anthony Albanese MP, Minister for Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development and Local Government, yada, yada, yada, has released this press statement stating the conditions for Terry Snow’s continued ‘CANBERRA AIRPORT OFFICE DEVELOPMENT’ which the rest of us call Snowtown.
Besides listing which roads are to be paid for by whom and when the main bit of interest for myself was section 3 in the Conditions for Ministerial Approval;
Prior to the sub-leasing of the development, CIA must seek advice from the ACT Government and/or ACTION as to whether the ACT Government or ACTION will provide an adequate bus service for the Majura Park Precinct. If the ACT Government or ACTION advises that no adequate bus service will be provided, for the Majura Park Precinct, CIA must ensure that, from the time the Development starts to be occupied, the Majura Park Precinct will be serviced by, and will continue to be serviced by, an adequate bus service.
If the ACT Government/ACTION ceases to provide an adequate bus service for the Majura Park Precinct, CIA must ensure that, from the time the ACT Government/ACTION cease to provide Majura Park Precinct with an adequate bus service, the Majura Park Precinct will be serviced by, and will continue to be serviced by, an adequate bus service.
In this Condition, ‘adequate bus service’ means a bus service which connects the Majura Park Precinct with Civic:
(a) at times which enable reasonable connectivity with other bus services both at the airport site and to and from Civic; and
(b) at intervals sufficient to meet demand, in particular during peak morning and afternoon/evening periods.
So Snow has got to ask if the Govt/ACTION is going to run buses out there and if they don’t he has to. And if they do and then pike then he has to.
Not that i want to sound like I’m in favour of Snow but it sounds like he has a raw deal here. Surely public transport is a Government issue and he shouldn’t have to foot the bill if the Government is too lazy or incompetent to provide a decent service.