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The Grand Arboretum Opening

By 29 January 2013 55

2 February 2013
10:00 amto3:00 pm

Chief Minister Gallagher is letting it be known that there is to be a community festival to open the arboretum:

“The opening of the Arboretum is the realisation of many years of work to transform the site, which emerged from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires, to be transformed into a place of beauty, tranquillity, recreation, research and learning.”

People can enjoy a wide range of activities on the day. These include:

    – walking trails through rare and symbolic forests
    – hands-on workshops for all ages including art activities and children’s amusements
    – guided tours by the Friends of the National Arboretum and members of the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park
    – sustainable garden advice from ACTEW Water at The Canberra Discovery Garden
    – special talks by those involved in the Arboretum project including landscape architect Chris Johnstone and botanical consultant Mark Richardson.

Live music will keep people entertained throughout the day and kids will have the opportunity to fly kites in the outdoor amphitheatre.

The Chief Minister reminded people that there will be no parking available on site except for holders of a disability parking permit, event staff and volunteers. The best way to attend the opening festival is to utilise the free chartered Arboretum shuttle bus services which will operate from Canberra Stadium, Civic Bus Station, the bus stop servicing the Waldorf Apartments in Civic, the Federal Treasury building on Langton Crescent in Parkes, Stromlo Forest Park and Woden Bus Station.

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55 Responses to The Grand Arboretum Opening
#1
RiotFrog10:51 am, 29 Jan 13

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

#2
dungfungus12:05 pm, 29 Jan 13

Even our Chief Minister can’t get the history right. The arboretum did not “emerge from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires”.
It was a single fire in 2001 that destroyed the radiata plantation where the aboretum now stands. There was nothing “devastating” about that fire.
Like the director of our centenary celebrations, the CM has confused the genesis of the aboretum with the 2003 fires.

#3
gasman12:51 pm, 29 Jan 13

RiotFrog said :

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

As well as the free shuttlebus mentioned, there is also a magnificent bike path right to the front gate.

Think outside the car.

#4
neanderthalsis1:29 pm, 29 Jan 13

So where there were once trees, there are once again trees! And we’re allowed to walk around under them. Money well spent…

#5
FioBla1:59 pm, 29 Jan 13

Yeeeeaahh, now if we could just go ahead and make sure we replace the trees with a car park, that’d be greaat. Mmkay?

#6
grump3:02 pm, 29 Jan 13

gasman said :

RiotFrog said :

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

As well as the free shuttlebus mentioned, there is also a magnificent bike path right to the front gate.

Think outside the car.

If you were elderly, disabled, with small children etc etc, after the last public concert there, you’d not be going again without greater consideration being given to accessing the site – no car park within cooee on a major highway,, no lighting for functions finishing after dark, one way in, bottleneck. Totally inadequate for what it will become, be used as or promoted as.

It needs parking access in several locations, belco side, parkway side, down near the lake near older arboretum area.. simple!

#7
rosscoact3:21 pm, 29 Jan 13

neanderthalsis said :

So where there were once trees, there are once again trees! And we’re allowed to walk around under them. Money well spent…

I agree, definitely money well spent. I wish all their ideas and execution was as good as this one

#8
Solidarity3:58 pm, 29 Jan 13

gasman said :

RiotFrog said :

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

As well as the free shuttlebus mentioned, there is also a magnificent bike path right to the front gate.

Think outside the car.

Nobody wants to ride a bloody pushbike.

#9
GardeningGirl4:13 pm, 29 Jan 13

National museum, arboretum, other arboretum, rock garden, zoo, multistorey underground parking with some sort of shuttle around the venues, ferry link to the city, I don’t know, maybe there’s some flaws with how I would of seen it, but I reckon there’s wasted opportunities. I like the arboretum though, really looking forward to visiting it, not on the big day though.

#10
Snarky4:30 pm, 29 Jan 13

Um, isn’t there an enormous two-level dirt carpark at the top of the hill, or has that all been given over to other functions? I’ll agree the access road up to the top seems a bit narrow, but it can’t be that much of a challenge if they get busses up there.

And for those who do like riding their bikes the ride up said road is a bugger, but the scream down the exit road from the top is awesome :-)

#11
Snarky4:44 pm, 29 Jan 13

Ah, just looked at the event page – no public parking unless you’re disabled. But lots of shuttle buses (and bicycle access) so what’s the problem?

#12
dustytrail5:11 pm, 29 Jan 13

The so-called lack of parking is ONLY for the opening night … check their site, I think they have 750 parking spaces. http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/

#13
wildturkeycanoe5:15 pm, 29 Jan 13

So, they have shuttle buses to get there [pretty much the only way to get there], with 6 departure points. Each bus capable of 45ish passengers, with 13 departures for the day. That makes a total of 8100 people who don’t ride bicycles up steep hills who will visit the arboretum for the opening festival.
If you believe ACTION’s website, there are only 5 departure points running only till 1:30PM, making it only possible for 2025 people to arrive at the opening. What do you believe?
Also, if the event closes at 3:00PM and the last bus leaves at 3:30, what happens to the [possibly] hundreds of folks who can’t fit on the last shuttle service because they wanted to stay for the end of one of the live bands or are still walking back from the farthest reaches of the park?
Typical abysmal planning by a pathetic government, trying to think green on everything but failing to think logically. I hope I’m wrong, but I predict many frustrated and perplexed families and interstate travelers who have relied on our brilliant technology and organization [not].

#14
martin755:30 pm, 29 Jan 13

You could add to list of things to do:
- avoiding junkies and charity muggers in civic before you get the bus to the arboretum

– walking trails through rare and symbolic forests
– hands-on workshops for all ages including art activities and children’s amusements
– guided tours by the Friends of the National Arboretum and members of the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park
– sustainable garden advice from ACTEW Water at The Canberra Discovery Garden
– special talks by those involved in the Arboretum project including landscape architect Chris Johnstone and botanical consultant Mark Richardson.

#15
cranky7:38 pm, 29 Jan 13

And which bus station is going to be blessed by our CM and her mates? I will bet money that somehow a carpark will be arranged for herself and cronies.

#16
GardeningGirl8:14 pm, 29 Jan 13

dustytrail said :

The so-called lack of parking is ONLY for the opening night … check their site, I think they have 750 parking spaces. http://www.nationalarboretum.act.gov.au/

If that’s the number it sounds like too much for an average day and too little for a special event.
Btw having looked at the website I want to go by horse. Really. Wish I had a horse. :-( I used to go riding in the pine forest in my far distant youth, before the Parkway even.

#17
Masquara8:45 pm, 29 Jan 13

FioBla said :

Yeeeeaahh, now if we could just go ahead and make sure we replace the trees with a car park, that’d be greaat. Mmkay?

Mmmm let’s see if Shane Rattenbury turns up on a bicycle …

#18
Masquara8:07 am, 01 Feb 13

dungfungus said :

Even our Chief Minister can’t get the history right. The arboretum did not “emerge from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires”.
It was a single fire in 2001 that destroyed the radiata plantation where the aboretum now stands. There was nothing “devastating” about that fire.
Like the director of our centenary celebrations, the CM has confused the genesis of the aboretum with the 2003 fires.

The ABC reporter Ewan Gilbert seems bent on perpetuating the myth of a 2003 destruction on behalf of the ACT Government, as he reported this morning that the arboretum has “risen from the ashes of the 2003 Canberra bushfire”. Care to factcheck and clarify for us, Ewan Gilbert of ABC Radio?

#19
dungfungus8:54 am, 01 Feb 13

Masquara said :

dungfungus said :

Even our Chief Minister can’t get the history right. The arboretum did not “emerge from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires”.
It was a single fire in 2001 that destroyed the radiata plantation where the aboretum now stands. There was nothing “devastating” about that fire.
Like the director of our centenary celebrations, the CM has confused the genesis of the aboretum with the 2003 fires.

The ABC reporter Ewan Gilbert seems bent on perpetuating the myth of a 2003 destruction on behalf of the ACT Government, as he reported this morning that the arboretum has “risen from the ashes of the 2003 Canberra bushfire”. Care to factcheck and clarify for us, Ewan Gilbert of ABC Radio?

Maybe in the smoking ceremony there this morning some of the wrong grass was used and he got a whiff of it. The government and all its media acolytes seem determied to use the 2003 bushfire as the determining event that gave someone the idea that we should have an arboretum on the site. Incidentally, why have a smoking ceremony instead of an ecumenical blessing?
It might have been appropriate if all the trees were native varieties but I understand all the trees are foreign/exotic. This is tantamount to an “invasion of flora” which is apparently OK.
European settlers are another matter.

#20
Thumper9:16 am, 01 Feb 13

dungfungus said :

Even our Chief Minister can’t get the history right. The arboretum did not “emerge from the ashes of the devastating Canberra bushfires”.
It was a single fire in 2001 that destroyed the radiata plantation where the aboretum now stands. There was nothing “devastating” about that fire.
Like the director of our centenary celebrations, the CM has confused the genesis of the aboretum with the 2003 fires.

This is correct. The 2001 fires destroyed the pine plantation well before the 2003 fires.

#21
Postalgeek9:48 am, 01 Feb 13

grump said :

gasman said :

RiotFrog said :

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

As well as the free shuttlebus mentioned, there is also a magnificent bike path right to the front gate.

Think outside the car.

If you were elderly, disabled, with small children etc etc, after the last public concert there, you’d not be going again without greater consideration being given to accessing the site – no car park within cooee on a major highway,, no lighting for functions finishing after dark, one way in, bottleneck. Totally inadequate for what it will become, be used as or promoted as.

It needs parking access in several locations, belco side, parkway side, down near the lake near older arboretum area.. simple!

There is sealed parking now in http://goo.gl/maps/LKJzI

#22
Gungahlin Al9:59 am, 01 Feb 13

RiotFrog said :

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

Seriously? Free buses from all over. Drive all you like – to one of those locations. Then open your mind.

You’d rather an hours-long jam like happened at the last big function at the Museum?

Some people in Canberra really need to wake up to a reality that does not involve driving a car to within 20 metres of every single thing they do in life.

#23
dungfungus10:06 am, 01 Feb 13

Postalgeek said :

grump said :

gasman said :

RiotFrog said :

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

As well as the free shuttlebus mentioned, there is also a magnificent bike path right to the front gate.

Think outside the car.

If you were elderly, disabled, with small children etc etc, after the last public concert there, you’d not be going again without greater consideration being given to accessing the site – no car park within cooee on a major highway,, no lighting for functions finishing after dark, one way in, bottleneck. Totally inadequate for what it will become, be used as or promoted as.

It needs parking access in several locations, belco side, parkway side, down near the lake near older arboretum area.. simple!

There is sealed parking now in this location but I’m not going to pretend it’s not a walk.

http://goo.gl/maps/LKJzI

And who paid for all this? I am sure the same government was whinging some time ago about the high cost of constructing car parks in Civic as an excuse for closing them down.

#24
Postalgeek10:09 am, 01 Feb 13

Gungahlin Al said :

RiotFrog said :

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

Seriously? Free buses from all over. Drive all you like – to one of those locations. Then open your mind.

You’d rather an hours-long jam like happened at the last big function at the Museum?

Some people in Canberra really need to wake up to a reality that does not involve driving a car to within 20 metres of every single thing they do in life.

You forget, Al, it’s politically incorrect to call it a ‘free bus’. They are now called ‘revenue-challenged buses’, or better yet ‘buses without fares’ because they are a bus first and foremost.

‘Free bus’ makes it sound like anyone can just take one home.

#25
dungfungus10:22 am, 01 Feb 13

Gungahlin Al said :

RiotFrog said :

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

Seriously? Free buses from all over. Drive all you like – to one of those locations. Then open your mind.

You’d rather an hours-long jam like happened at the last big function at the Museum?

Some people in Canberra really need to wake up to a reality that does not involve driving a car to within 20 metres of every single thing they do in life.

No such thing as a free bus.

#26
Postalgeek11:09 am, 01 Feb 13

dungfungus said :

Gungahlin Al said :

RiotFrog said :

The almost total lack of parking is interesting. Is this our cheerless leader’s latest parking policies in action?
I’m also wondering how many people will read/be aware of the fact that there is no parking?

Seriously? Free buses from all over. Drive all you like – to one of those locations. Then open your mind.

You’d rather an hours-long jam like happened at the last big function at the Museum?

Some people in Canberra really need to wake up to a reality that does not involve driving a car to within 20 metres of every single thing they do in life.

No such thing as a free bus.

Like clockwork…

#27
Gungahlin Al12:01 pm, 01 Feb 13

Postalgeek said :

No such thing as a free bus.

Like clockwork…

^^ This.

#28
Ben_Dover1:21 pm, 01 Feb 13

People can enjoy a wide range of activities on the day. These include;
Walking.
Trees.
Hippes.

#29
dph2:19 pm, 01 Feb 13

So can anyone answer this question?… An Arboretum in a city that is surrounded by parks & bush land… Why?

#30
Watson2:53 pm, 01 Feb 13

dph said :

So can anyone answer this question?… An Arboretum in a city that is surrounded by parks & bush land… Why?

Yes and why would you have lawns or a flower gardens when there are paddocks everywhere?

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