It seems hard to believe in this era of Pay-Wave and smart phones that pay parking in Canberra is done with hunks of metal and an easily forged slip of paper.
Thankfully Andrew Barr has announced he’s paying Duncan Solutions to give us something better:
Following an evaluation of all tenders, Duncan Solution has been chosen as [...]
This in from John:
Yesterday I was granted the privilege of being the first person to ride through the new bridge on the Molonglo River near RMC.
I can report that it works fine. The slight curve in the middle shouldn’t cause any problems, even for newbies, and the dark grey paint hardly impinges on [...]
As we work down to the end of the year we present four great parking pictures from each month.
February gave us:
1) A dark and hungry God of bad parking arose in Jamison. Loxmyf sent this one in:
2) Chris found a funny looking Motorcycle at the ANU:
3) Guy presented us with the dawn of elevated parking [...]
Simon Corbell is warning the double demerits are kicking off this Friday and run for the rest of the year:
“Double demerit points will apply to speeding drivers from Friday 20 December 2013 to Wednesday1 January 2014 inclusive,” Mr Corbell said.
“Drivers who commit other offences such as running red lights, failing to stop at stop [...]
Mayor Rattenbury is giving a progress report on the NXTBUS rollout:
Initial feedback from users of ACTION’s NXTBUS real time system is proving valuable in assisting with the roll out across the ACTION fleet, said Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury.
About 50 participants across a range of key stakeholders including Pedal Power and [...]
The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is vigorously waving his rules of order over the tendering processes for Capital Metro:
The Capital Metro light rail agency has awarded more than $600,000 to a consulting company without testing the market according to freedom of information documents, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.
“In addition to the poor [...]
CPO Lammers and the team are on video getting out and about in the party crowd over the weekend.
Quite a lot of breathalysing going on too.
As we work down to the end of the year we present four great parking pictures from each month.
January gave us:
1) Sheepgroper’s spot in Pialligo:
2) On Kingston’s Jardine St Sirocco found an Audi doing what comes naturally:
3) Arf gave us an A for effort in Yarralumla:
4) The Gungahlin Magnet Mart presented this opportunity for Allen:
The NRMA is reminding Canberra’s cossetted drivers of the dangers of the big wide world out there:
A recent study funded by the NRMA-ACT Road Safety Trust reinforced previous findings that ACT drivers and riders are almost as likely to be involved in fatal crashes in NSW as in the ACT.
They are also involved in [...]
Mayor Rattenbury is letting it be known that a stonking 7.5% bus fare increase is going to hit in the new year:
New fares for travel on ACTION buses will come into effect in the New Year, Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, announced today.
“From 4 January 2014, ACTION bus fares will increase [...]
Mayor Rattenbury is looking for your feedback on town centre speed limits:
Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, Shane Rattenbury, today invited Canberrans to provide feedback in relation to the 40 kilometre per hour (40 km/h) speed limit precincts in the Civic, Belconnen and Tuggeranong town centres.
“Following the successful introduction of reduced speed limit precincts [...]
I know I am going to cop a bit of a flaming for this but hopefully the message will get through to some people:
I am not overly interested in the debate as it has been done to death, just watch and listen.
The ABC confirms that troubled local carrier Brindabella Airlines is in fact a dead parrot:
Up to 140 staff at Brindabella Airlines have been stood down after the regional carrier went into receivership.
Staff have been told they will not be receiving any redundancy payments.
The Canberra-based airline is millions of dollars in debt and is now [...]
Is there any government / police / other website out there that posts traffic updates re delays because of road closures, roadworks or accidents?
Tonight I was in a rush around 2am and I was coming from gungahlin/mitchell to woden. I was speeding but I thought there was only 2 speeding cameras (3k before woden turn off & 500m after woden turn off)
Is there one near gungahlin/mitchell and around where? I didn’t see any flashes at all.
If, God help you, government services are essential to you this Christmas you’d better get reading on what’s available.
The lazy bastards at ACTION will be going to reduced services from Monday 23 December.
Taking into account the weekends before and after they’re largely taking off from 21 December to 6 January despite there only being 3 [...]
The ABC reports that CASA has again taken to the troubled Brindabella Airlines with a big stick:
The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has grounded another six planes belonging to a regional airline due to concerns about lax maintenance.
The Canberra-based Brindabella Airlines is not allowed to use the aircraft until a maintenance review is carried out.
From the invincible TAMS:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of an upcoming road closure in for the Ironman 70.3 Canberra 2013 event.
The following closures will occur from 6.30 am to 1.30 pm on Sunday 15 December 2013:
– Parkes Way westbound between Kings Avenue and Glenloch Interchange
– Coppins Crossing [...]
Expect some possble delays if you take Gungahlin Drive home.
Motorists and other road users are advised Roads ACT is this afternoon finalising road surfacing repairs to a short section of the northbound lanes on the Gungahlin Drive Extension just past the bridge over the Barton Highway.
Two of the three northbound lanes will be closed [...]
The Deputy Prime Minister has just informed the House that Holden will be closing Australian operations by 2017.
For the many, many Canberrans who have enjoyed the antics of white Commodore drivers over the years it is a black day.
What will take its place?
Simon Corbell is having a busy day and is putting out the call for experts to help build Capital Metro:
“The Capital Metro Agency will be seeking experts in transport planning, engineering design and light rail operations to further develop the details of the project so that it can move towards the procurement phase in 2015,” [...]
Members of the Kings Highway Road Safety Partnership are urging motorists not to rush these holidays when travelling on the Kings Highway. Eurobodalla Shire Council, a member of the partnership formed six years ago, fully supports the need for motorists to slow down and drive to the conditions.
“For the past three summers, drivers are [...]
Government News is indulging in some speculation on what the next generation of comcars will be if Holden closes down Australian manufacturing.
In particular what will the treasured Prime Ministerial C-1 be?
If the “buy Australian” imperative goes where would the value for money proposition lie for the lordlings on the hill?
Gee, it seems we Canberrans will cop anything – even the rubbish they call road re-sealing. You see (hear and feel) all the loose aggregate (stones) and you think ‘oh, this is temporary, they’ll be back to put the proper bitumen coat on’. But they don’t. So our streets now resemble something worse than you’ll [...]
There’s been a lot of grief about Brindabella Airlines among regional NSW users. For the last 3 weeks, we have had abrupt cancellations, and inappropriate rescheduling.
By inappropriate rescheduling, I mean, receiving an SMS on Saturday afternoon about a flight change from Monday morning to Monday evening. With customer service phones only working from Monday to [...]
For decades to come visitors to Canberra will be confused by reference to “The Red Bridge” which is clearly grey.
Another John has sent in these images of the construction down Molonglo Reach:
Cycling round da lake gonna be back to normal soon
If these here photos are anything to go by.
It’ll be a shame knowing that we, [...]
More useful info from TAMS:
The ACT Government wishes to advise motorists and other road users of a road closure on Sunday as part of the Triathlon ACT December Festival 2013.
A section of Lady Denman Drive between Clunies Ross Street and Forrest Drive will be closed from 6 am to 12.30 pm on Sunday 8 [...]
A quick FYI from Tams:
Reminder: The City Bus Station will be closed all day on Sunday 8 December 2013, weather permitting, to allow for essential maintenance work including new road line-marking and signage replacement.
All services will continue to run to the Sunday timetable, but no services will arrive or depart from the City Bus [...]
I have not seen another thread regarding this, forgive me if this is a re-post. I am wondering if anyone else has noticed that the recent ripping up of the Cotter road / Streeton drive intersection and surrounding roads, has included ripping up nearly 100 metres of recently upgraded roadway. I’m specifically talking about [...]
I was driving along Coulter Drive turning right onto Ginninderra drive.
I was quite tired at the time and didn’t see when it went orange and simply thought I could make it and wasn’t familiar with the area.
I definitely ran it when it was red (a second after it went red) as I didn’t [...]
By Chris Rissel, University of Sydney
For a few hours, late last week, it looked like Queensland could become the first Australian state to start relaxing its strict bicycle helmet laws.
After months of careful review of the evidence, a state parliamentary committee backed the need for A new direction for cycling in Queensland, releasing a 200-page [...]
TAMS have advised that the Civic Bus Interchange is getting some roadworks this Sunday and they’ll be running the Sunday schedule out of the Northbourne bus stops:
The City Bus Station will be closed all day on Sunday 8 December 2013, weather permitting, to allow for essential maintenance work including new road line-marking and signage replacement. [...]