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Police warning on the convoy protest

By johnboy - 19 August 2011 34

ACT Policing is warning Canberra commuters of potential delays and disruptions to traffic on Monday, August 22 as a result of a protest rally.

Participants in the ‘Convoy of No Confidence’ protest rally are expected to arrive in Canberra on Sunday, August 21. The formal convoy will commence at 5.30 am on Monday (August 22) morning, taking major arterial routes into the city such as Northbourne Avenue, Adelaide Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Tuggeranong Parkway, Gunghalin Drive Extension, Monaro Highway, Barton Highway and Canberra Avenue.

The precincts of Mitchell, Bruce, the City and the Parliamentary Triangle will also be affected.

Operational Commander for the event, Superintendent Michael Chew, said that planning for the event has progressed well, with cooperation and good dialogue between the organisers, ACT Government and ACT Policing.

“ACT Policing is working closely with convoy organisers and the ACT Government in an attempt to ensure that the convoy doesn’t have a major impact for ACT road users. A traffic strategy has been developed which will assist in moving the convoy along a pre-determined route”.

“We anticipate that the extra traffic on the roads will cause delays to motorists, and we encourage people to think of alternate routes, especially if they work in the CBD, or travel through the CBD to go to work.”

“As part of our operational plan, ACT Policing will be managing traffic flow through the use of variable message boards, traffic signal overrides, traffic direction officers and official escort and sweep cars. Dedicated officers will be deployed to assist in the convoy movements along specific routes which have been pre-arranged.

ACT Policing will be using its traffic twitter account — ACTPol_Traffic — to provide up-to-date information about road closures, traffic delays and hazards.

“We are expecting 11 convoys. At this stage we cannot confirm how many vehicles or people are participating in the convoy or subsequent protest. While every effort is being made to minimise the impact on the Canberra community, traffic delays are expected. Police would encourage commuters on the morning of Monday 22 August to be patient and flexible,” Superintendent Chew said.

It is likely that these traffic disruptions will be in place from 5.30am to 9.00 am, Monday 22 August.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]

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Police warning on the convoy protest
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MsCheeky 10:47 am
19 Aug 11
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They’re encouraging people to use alternate routes! With 11 convoys from all directions, I’m not sure that there will be any ‘alternate’ routes unaffected. Glad I happen to have a couple of days off next week, Monday being one of them.

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creative_canberran 10:52 am
19 Aug 11
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I’m not kidding when I say the AFP should block the convoys from entering Canberra until after 10am.
You see Police in other states shadowing bikie gang convoys and pulling them over, blocking protests groups from marching in certain areas of city centres.

Line up at the borders and tell them to damn well wait off to the side. While there certainly is a right to protest, there is no right to adopt siege tactics. This isn’t Cairo.

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Gungahlin Al 11:22 am
19 Aug 11
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They are going to need people out giving traffic control directions on many of those “alternate routes” (aka rat runs) too. Sorry North Canberra suburbs but your streets will be ugly on Monday with people trying to do as the police advise. As pointed out is #1, your back streets will be the only such alternatives.

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p1 11:50 am
19 Aug 11
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I’m going to slip the road workers at the Barton Highway – Kuringa Drive – Victoria Street intersections a couple of cases of beer to slow inbound traffic as much as possible.

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creative_canberran 11:53 am
19 Aug 11
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p1 said :

I’m going to slip the road workers at the Barton Highway – Kuringa Drive – Victoria Street intersections a couple of cases of beer to slow inbound traffic as much as possible.

Any chance I could chip in a couple more cases to convince them to dig a pit across the highway and fill it with the stopping gravel they use on F1 tracks?

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dpm 12:52 pm
19 Aug 11
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MsCheeky said :

They’re encouraging people to use alternate routes! With 11 convoys from all directions, I’m not sure that there will be any ‘alternate’ routes unaffected. Glad I happen to have a couple of days off next week, Monday being one of them.

Speaking of ‘alternate routes’, I think we had this grammatical problem on signs related to the early GDE work. I seem to remember all signs mentioning this were later changed to the correct ‘alternative routes’ phrasing….. Of course, someone complaining about it back then probably cost of a few thousand $$ to get all the signs changed!

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PBO 1:03 pm
19 Aug 11
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I am going to issue a warning to them; Turn back, or something bad happens to Slim Dusty.

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EvanJames 1:42 pm
19 Aug 11
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So it’s not just me who grinds their teeth at people using “alternate” when they mean alternative.

I think setting up some impromtu roadworks at every entrance to the town would be a merry jape. And yeah, wouldn’t it have been nice if the cops had prevented them from entering during rush “hour” in the first place… the timing of the convoys is designed to cause disruption, and they’re being assisted in this. This whole trucks thing is them using bully tactics to get their way.. got a truck, you get more notice than a similar protest done in the usual way.

The list in the AFP presso of roads seems to be missing some major ones, like Majura Road.

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Primal 2:04 pm
19 Aug 11
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Hello, bonus sleep-in time!

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screaming banshee 8:58 pm
19 Aug 11
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The precincts of Mitchell, Bruce, the City and the Parliamentary Triangle will also be affected.

They forgot to mention traffic issues around Fyshwick and Mitchell on Monday evening.

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MWF 9:17 pm
19 Aug 11
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I hope it freaking snows and they freeze their nasty arses off.

I will be giving them the good ol’ Canberra finger.

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Grail 10:48 pm
19 Aug 11
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Is anyone running a book on how many trucks will actually reach Canberra?

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mareva 12:08 am
21 Aug 11
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PBO said :

I am going to issue a warning to them; Turn back, or something bad happens to Slim Dusty.

Slim Dusty died eight years ago.

RIP.

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Henry82 2:10 am
21 Aug 11
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You can see on their website, they’re arriving in canberra on sunday night, and are staying in one of 2 places, EPIC or AIS. The trucks coming from the North/North West are at EPIC, and the south/west are staying at AIS. On monday at 5:30am they’ll have a police escort to parliment house, then back. You can probably work out if that’s going to affect you. I suspect avoiding northborne would be a good start.

http://youtu.be/9ehTcKZUQQ8

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I-filed 10:24 am
21 Aug 11
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My prediction: 120 trucks altogether and the same again in smaller ve-hickles.

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