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Liberal plans for Tuggeranong

By Canfan - 26 April 2014 42

Liberal senator Zed Seselja has hopes for big plans to revitalise Tuggeranong (according to today’s Canberra Times). The new plan would include an extension of Tuggeranong to the west side of the Murrumbidgee River – in a bid to bring the Tuggeranong town centre into the true centre of the Tuggereanong Valley.

Seselja also talks of hopes to secure a CIT campus in Tuggeranong, a clear up of the waterways and assurance that the DSS will remain Southside.

I grew up in Kambah and was one of the first intakes to go through Tuggeranong College, so I remember the old days when everything was new. And I must confess it wasn’t that flash back then. Is the town centre really in the wrong place, or is it just poorly planned and occupied?

What’s Your opinion?


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Liberal plans for Tuggeranong
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Garfield 11:56 am
26 Apr 14
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“Is the town centre really in the wrong place?”

The original plan for Tuggeranong had suburbs on both sides of the river, with the town centre located more or less in the centre. The development of the western part of Tuggeranong was stopped at some point leaving a town centre that was not central and didn’t have the full planned population to support it.

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arescarti42 12:01 pm
26 Apr 14
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The town centre is in the centre of Tuggeranong as it was originally planned, which would have had suburbs stretching as far south as Tharwa and for kms west of the Murrumbidgee River. Only the north eastern part was actually built, which is why the town centre is on the western edge (what would have been the geographical centre of the original plan). It’s probably safe to say that if they were to start from scratch, it’d be located somewhere around Wanniassa/Gowrie/Monash.

I don’t like the chances of Zed’s plan happening, it’d require building suburbs in what is currently a nature reserve, or at the very least putting new roads through the reserve. I can’t imagine why the Government would go to that trouble when there’s plenty of room for growth in Molonglo/Gungahlin/Belconnen etc.

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gooterz 12:30 pm
26 Apr 14
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What about an arts university?

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steveu 1:00 pm
26 Apr 14
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This is just Zed doing the moves to give the appearance of doing something.

I cannot see his party colleagues doing Canberra any favours. All predictions seem to indicate that the town will be served up like a pig on a spit come budget night.

As for DSS, I cant see them staying in one of the most expensive rental premises in Canberra – and the assimilation into DHS I suspect is inevitable. His influence will have no impact on that decision.

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steveu 1:06 pm
26 Apr 14
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Also, I think in order to build houses you need jobs for people to go to to fill them. Not sure if Canberra is going to be a place of jobs growth anytime soon either.

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gooterz 2:56 pm
26 Apr 14
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steveu said :

Also, I think in order to build houses you need jobs for people to go to to fill them. Not sure if Canberra is going to be a place of jobs growth anytime soon either.

What has any act government done to create jobs?

Tuggeranong is prime full of office space but no ones wants to set up shop there. If act Gov. worked out a cheap way to build and run offices at cost price how many governments would have to move into them to reduce costs.

Without a fast train there is no benefit to setting up shop here.

To win an act election
-improve tourism with actual attractions. Get a big day out / battle of the bands type even in Canberra
-be pro fast train to Sydney
-no payment buses
-100km/h grade ring road around Canberra over light rail.
-Ikea
-Affordable housing.
-Attracting more government depts to Canberra

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TP 3000 5:54 pm
26 Apr 14
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I may be mistaken, but a big part of this plan would of included a 4 lane each way Tuggeranong Parkway. With a part of this reserve currently being built on for DHA Housing (or very close).

Another part of this article, but it looks to me that when parents buy a house down in the nappy valley. When the nappy wearers grow up they move up to Gungahlin. The same occurred in the old days, which is why schools are shut at one end of town as new schools are opened at the other end.

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thatsnotme 9:20 pm
26 Apr 14
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TP 3000 said :

I may be mistaken, but a big part of this plan would of included a 4 lane each way Tuggeranong Parkway.

Yep, you’re mistaken. Major highways into Sydney and Melbourne are no more than 4 lanes each way – the idea that the Parkway should be an 8 lane highway, with barely 1/10th of the population of Sydney or Melbourne, just makes no sense.

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gooterz 9:46 pm
26 Apr 14
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thatsnotme said :

TP 3000 said :

I may be mistaken, but a big part of this plan would of included a 4 lane each way Tuggeranong Parkway.

Yep, you’re mistaken. Major highways into Sydney and Melbourne are no more than 4 lanes each way – the idea that the Parkway should be an 8 lane highway, with barely 1/10th of the population of Sydney or Melbourne, just makes no sense.

Sydney and melbs both have better public transport and much higher parking prices.

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thatsnotme 10:06 pm
26 Apr 14
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gooterz said :

thatsnotme said :

TP 3000 said :

I may be mistaken, but a big part of this plan would of included a 4 lane each way Tuggeranong Parkway.

Yep, you’re mistaken. Major highways into Sydney and Melbourne are no more than 4 lanes each way – the idea that the Parkway should be an 8 lane highway, with barely 1/10th of the population of Sydney or Melbourne, just makes no sense.

Sydney and melbs both have better public transport and much higher parking prices.

Soooo….because our public transport isn’t as good, and our parking prices are lower, we should be spending our money on super-highways between town centres that are fully utilised for a few hours per day?

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gooterz 10:35 pm
26 Apr 14
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thatsnotme said :

gooterz said :

thatsnotme said :

TP 3000 said :

I may be mistaken, but a big part of this plan would of included a 4 lane each way Tuggeranong Parkway.

Yep, you’re mistaken. Major highways into Sydney and Melbourne are no more than 4 lanes each way – the idea that the Parkway should be an 8 lane highway, with barely 1/10th of the population of Sydney or Melbourne, just makes no sense.

Sydney and melbs both have better public transport and much higher parking prices.

Soooo….because our public transport isn’t as good, and our parking prices are lower, we should be spending our money on super-highways between town centres that are fully utilised for a few hours per day?

Our public transport is abysmal in some areas and costs 10x what people pay in fares.
Most of our employment is focused in one part of town, so the morning peak is all one direction and the opposite way at night. If half of the employment was down south it would even out.

Several of the main roads in Canberra have gone to 3 lanes. which helps not only with congestion but also decreases the impact of people who have poor driving skills, instead of half the road they take up 1/3 of it.

At least spending money on super highways is cheaper than spending money on a white elephant rail “network” that only going to marginally increase the experience of travelling by public transport at the cost of driving the road network into chaos.

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wildturkeycanoe 8:31 am
27 Apr 14
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I agree here with arescarti42 that the Bullen Range nature reserve would have to be intruded upon, or all the traffic would end up going through Point Hut crossing, thus stranding that whole suburb every time it rains a bit. Also, has Zed actually been out there? The area is half covered in pine plantation and is too steep for building on. There is the question of the land ownership and if they are willing to sell and remember that the government just stopped releasing land at the present, so would they reverse their recent decision to start development again, thus losing their taxation revenue from inflated land tax?
This to me stinks of someone trying to please southern Canberra with empty promises to gain support for something else. Will never happen.

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pierce 1:11 pm
27 Apr 14
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CIT has been planning a proper Tuggeranong campus for years and I would be very surprised if Zed didn’t know this. Claiming that he is working to secure one is simply disingenuous.

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JimCharles 1:15 pm
27 Apr 14
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I thought the reason they couldn’t complete Tuggeranong was BECAUSE of protected species found on the west side of town…so what’s changed?
I also thought that because the centre of Tuggeranong isn’t now actually the centre of population, they were going to move stuff across and pump money into Erindale, including the bus station?

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Kim F 4:12 pm
27 Apr 14
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Maybe Z should resign his Senate seat and go back to the local circus where he would actually have a better chance of influencing such a decision.

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