Late last year a caller to 666 Chief Minister Talkback asked then Chief Minister Katy Gallagher why letters the caller had individually addressed to each Legislative Assembly member had not been received. Ms Gallagher’s response was that the letters were opened and forwarded to the appropriate minister, as per standard practice.
These letters each contained technical information on an [...]
Should we build the first stage of Light Rail or instead build Monash Drive to solve the problem of increasing congestion along Northbourne Avenue during peak times?
The current Government plans to build light rail along Northbourne Avenue, but previous Federal and ACT Governments had planned to eventually build Monash Drive.
Monash Drive had been proposed since [...]
Is anyone else finding the daily commute out of Gungahlin difficult?
My concerns are, as the population of the district increases the amount of traffic on the roads will only increase. Horse Park Dr, parts of Flemington Rd are single lane – not sufficient for the morning volumes of traffic. Compared to Tuggeranong and Belconnen, Gungahlin [...]
Two world-leading consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the first-stage of Canberra’s light rail network, which will deliver more than 3,500 jobs during construction and deliver more than $1 billion in benefits to the ACT economy, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell announced today.
The two consortia, ACTivate and Canberra Metro, contain some of the world’s [...]
I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]
According to Capital Metro:
Who will have priority at traffic lights?
A level of priority is typically provided for light rail to help the service run efficiently. This occurs as a part of planning that helps the light sequencing to support the major traffic flow (such as the inbound traffic in the morning peak). This means that [...]
An interesting article on some of some apparent secrecy surrounding options for raising money by the ACT Government along the light rail corridor :
There is no doubt it will be more expensive to live along the tram corridor or to set up business there. The question is, who will pay and how much?
I also see that [...]
To have a tram or not to have a tram? To have well-behaved dogs on public transport or not? $50 or $20 notes for poker machines? Bikes or cars? These are not questions.
I appreciate that it is important that we as Canberrans discuss these issues, and I respect the principle that that the public has [...]
These relatively short recent articles/opinions are certainly worth a read – what ever your pre disposition to the Light Rail :
Against – “Fantasy: The case for light rail in Gungahlin”
For – “Public transport report boosts case for Canberra light rail, ACT government says”
One of the benefits that the Light Rail is supposed to bring is higher density development along its corridor. Fair enough. Some argue that it may be the beginning of the end of “The Bush Capital”. Personally, I think that newer development is a good thing, but using a Light Rail to generate that is [...]
Kate Lundy’s ALIVE!
Lame duck Senator Kate Lundy arose from her year-long slumber this week to defend Australia’s women and men in uniform. The powerful political charge was made in a Facebook message where she wrote, “Tony Abbott is offering Australian Defence personnel an effective pay-cut whilst at the same time his government is shovelling money [...]
I’m back form my overseas hols and am an even more ardent supporter of light rail than I was before I left.
Being a very parochially Tuggeranonite, I always wanted the Tuggers to Woden route to be the second leg of the rollout. I reckon that Athllon Drive is a made for purpose thoroughfare and that [...]
The long awaited business case for the light rail line from Civic to Gungahlin has been released. At a media only event at the Gallery of Australian Design, the Chief Minister released the Business Case and the EOI simultaneously. Prospective tenderers have until mid December to prepare their bids.
The Capital Metro project has tremendous [...]
ACTEW: Money down the drain
As money was sucked down the drain from the ACT taxpayer, it fell from the sky for ACTEW’s top brass this year as new Managing Director John Knox flushed away some heavy waste. Including long-service leave, Ex-Managing Director Mark Sullivan left the job this year with a miserly termination package [...]
Motorbikes are fun.
Although if you find yourself unexpectedly airborne on one it’s a good idea to at least have your feet on the pegs when you come back to earth as my left knee reminds me if I don’t exercise it constantly.
Bicycles are great – from a design and engineering point of view, efficiency, the [...]
[ 16 September 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] The September 2014 Belconnen Community Council Public Forum will be held at:
7.30pm, Tuesday 16 September 2014 in the
Community Room above the Belconnen Library
Chandler Street, Belconnen
The meeting will commence with Council business and a brief update on amendments to the BCC Constitution.
“Future Transport in Belconnen”.
Capital Metro representatives will discuss light rail Stage 2 and beyond, [...]
I was in the room for the Capital Metro Industry Briefing at the National Convention Centre this morning when Simon Corbell, Capital Metro Agency Minister, announced that the business case for Capital Metro had been endorsed by Cabinet, and the project approved.
Total cost – 783 million dollars.
Construction will begin in 2016 with service [...]
Talk of a bullet train between Canberra and Sydney has been bubbling away for some time now. How do these plans compare to light rail and which is more important to Canberra? We asked Damien Haas (Chair of ACT Light Rail) and Tim Bohm (President, Bullet Train for Australia Party) the following question and their [...]
Plans for Light Rail in Canberra have caused heated debate among our Rioters. A recent poll asking Are you in favour of Light Rail for Canberra? resulted in 48% voting No, 38% Yes, 11% Not Right Now and 6% On the Fence.
We asked former Chief Minister, Kate Carnell and Ex MLA, John Hargreaves ‘Do [...]
We’ve had no end of opinion and argument over Light Rail in recent weeks/months.
To set a bit more fuel to the fire we have asked John Hargreaves and former Chief Minister Kate Carnell to step into the ring for our first RiotACT Face Off and their first topic will be ‘Light Rail for [...]
Canberra used to be a great place. Now, look around you. Use some of Mr Barr’s “vision” if u need. This is what I see happening to my city :
Debt. M$300+ and growing. Given what the Fed’s have planned for Canberra, I’m astounded that the Chief Minister can say that the Territory can not let [...]
The ACT Institute of Architects annual award ceremony was held at the weekend. The event took place at the REX hotel – an interesting choice of venue to celebrate good design…
Simon Corbell announced the winners of the light rail station design ideas competition.
“I am very pleased that the ACT Chapter of the [...]
Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson should take up the issue of Tony Abbott’s health and education budget cuts rather than attacking transformative infrastructure projects that will generate jobs and stimulate the ACT economy, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said today.
“Jeremy Hanson shows a lack of vision and direction with his attack [...]
The closer we get to the magical fairytale of light rail in Canberra, the more it appears that the accounting on this big ticket item has come from the Brothers Grimm.
At the start of this week, Treasurer Andrew Barr was up in arms because of the story that the Canberra Times had run suggesting there [...]
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, has today announced the appointment of consulting firms Arup, CBRE, Tract, Brown Consulting and Purdon Associates to undertake the Canberra Light Rail Master Plan project.
“The tender process for this important project was highly competitive with eight submissions received, including both national and international companies” Mr Corbell [...]
With the Government having already announced they wanted to build a light rail system it’s sweet to see Simon Corbell announcing the appointment of a firm to make the business case:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today that the Agency has appointed global firm EY to develop the final business case [...]
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 [...]
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,” [...]
Simon Corbell is blowing his own steam whistle on the virtues of his consultation for the planned Capital Metro line between Gungahlin and Civic.
And my golly gosh won’t it fix a load of things:
“Capital Metro is not just about moving people. It is a catalyst for realising the vision of a sustainable, modern and creative [...]
Emma Thomas, the new Project Director for Capital Metro, attended the Gungahlin Community Council meeting on Wednesday 12 November to talk to the public about the project. She handled her introduction to the community on such an important project very competently. She stood up and talked about what she saw as the benefits and challenges [...]
It may not have trains, or rails, but Simon Corbell has the happy news that Capital Metro has senior appointments:
Two important project leaders have been appointed to the Capital Metro Project, to drive and direct the development of Canberra’s first light rail line, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today.