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Monash Drive to be dropped

By Kramer - 27 October 2009 25

Monash Drive has been part of the National Capital Plan for many years now, threatening to cut off the suburbs of Ainslie & Hackett from their bushland backyard. The ABC reports that the National Capital Authority (NCA) is going to drop Monash Drive from the National Capital Plan, and as expected the Greens are jumping for joy.

As a keen mountain biker, I’m quite happy for the bushland around Mt Majura & Ainslie to remain intact. As a Canberra resident I feel that by dropping Monash Drive from the National Capital Plan they are removing an option for future transport routes through Canberra. As Majura Road and Majura Ave & Limestone Ave continue to see increased traffic, maybe we need to consider the Monash Drive option?

What’s Your opinion?


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Monash Drive to be dropped
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sepi 9:48 am
27 Oct 09
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Fantastic news!!!

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sepi 9:52 am
27 Oct 09
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Fantastic news!

Now they just need to remove it from maps, so that people using GPS naavigation stop being directed to turn onto a street that doesn’t exist.

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harryhaller 10:31 am
27 Oct 09
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Growling Ferret 11:13 am
27 Oct 09
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Build it. It would stop the rat runners through Ainslie and Hackett – and give a bypass from the city centre reducing traffic on Northborne as well.

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artuoui 11:18 am
27 Oct 09
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Monash Drive is one of those ideas that look good on a map until you add the satellite overlay.

After the Save the Ridge v GDE battles, it was pretty clear that Monash Drive, which is a lot closer to houses (and houses with very vocal and active residents) was never going to happen.

Gary Humphries took the Libs to his last ACT election with a promise to take it off the plan, which indicates the sort of political agony the ACT pollies are anticipating for anyone silly enough to attempt to build it.

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Gungahlin Al 11:25 am
27 Oct 09
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At the great peril of aggravating north Canberra folk I realise, there is a school of thought that while ever we still do not have an adequate high-speed public transport solution into and around the town centre, that is not subject to the vagaries of road congestion, then we should oppose removal of the Monash Drive option from planning. That or the trees down Northbourne. One or the other will be inevitable if we continue to plan for Canberra as a “car city”.

Around the mountains is not a viable city bypass option.

But if the ACT Government were to put a dedicated PT route down the middle of Northbourne, then we’d be OK with the change.

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churl 11:27 am
27 Oct 09
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I know some people who decided not to buy in Campbell in the 60’s because of Monash Drive.
After the OConnor Ridge protets, it would be a brave politician to push it now.
But every time I look at a map, I feel sorry for all those in Gungahlin who have to drive to Civic etc via Northbourne or very roundabout via GDE or even Majura.
On a map, Monash Drive makes sense.

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niftydog 12:01 pm
27 Oct 09
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It appears to track along fire trails or power lines in mostly existing cleared areas so is there much of a “save the mount” argument to be had?

I bet the residents of Rosenthal and Cobby St’s have friends in high places! Sheesh!

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churl 12:12 pm
27 Oct 09
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I’m pretty sure the formal land-use for the road corridor within Campbell (between Vasey and Gellibrand) was changed a few years ago: now ‘open space’??
Or perhaps an opportunity for urban infill?

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CapitalK 12:20 pm
27 Oct 09
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the very people who will complain ie residents of Watson, Ainslie, Hackett etc are the ones who wil potentially benefit the most – in that they wont have all of Gungahlin and Watson apartments speeding through their streets every morning and evening.

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Funky1 1:06 pm
27 Oct 09
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If they want to save bushland, simple solution – raise the new road upon stilts a la Cahill Expressway in Sydney. Problem solved!!
Or better still – go underground and build a tunnel.
That way little joey and his friends can still come down off the mountain to eat the foodscraps left by the locals.
:)

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Clown Killer 1:22 pm
27 Oct 09
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I remember when civilisation as we know it was going to end. Children were going to die in their beds. The extinction of the vast majority of our native wildlife was upon us. Then the GDE was built and we never heard another thing about it.

The removal of a planning option, no matter how unpaletable, is a fairly stupid idea. But then again this government(both ACT and Commonwealth) has never been short of stupid ideas.

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Gungahlin Al 4:00 pm
27 Oct 09
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CapitalK said :

the very people who will complain ie residents of Watson, Ainslie, Hackett etc are the ones who wil potentially benefit the most – in that they wont have all of Gungahlin and Watson apartments speeding through their streets every morning and evening.

and Wamboin, Bywong, Collector, Goulburn, Sutton, Gundaroo. Oh – and Watson.

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arescarti42 4:54 pm
27 Oct 09
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Gungahlin Al said :

One or the other will be inevitable if we continue to plan for Canberra as a “car city”.

Sorry Al, you forgot the highly likely “do nothing approach” which results in severe traffic woes for south bounders well into the future.

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J Dawg 5:50 pm
27 Oct 09
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They should build it – it can mask the noise from all the freight planes that will be landing 24/7…

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