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Umbagong Stones. Stay or go? [With poll]

By johnboy - 28 November 2012 29

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Territory and Municipal Services are looking for public feedback on the stepping stones over Ginninderra Creek:

“The stepping stones have provided local residents with a means to cross Ginninderra Creek since 1993 when Umbagong District Park opened,” Mr Gill said. “A footbridge is also available further up the river near a playground and barbeque area for people to cross.

“Unfortunately during significant wet weather events the crossing becomes flooded and is not safe to use the stepping stones. Some residents have also raised concerns around the general accessibility of the stepping stones. On the other hand, other residents are very fond of them and want them to remain.”

Mr Gill said Roads ACT has met with residents and interested stakeholders on a number of occasions over the past year to discuss the stepping stones.

“In response to feedback from the community, Roads ACT has commissioned an independent consultant to assess the safety of the existing stepping stone crossing and recommend future options.

“These options include erecting improved warning signage on the approaches to the stepping stones, removing the stepping stones, constructing a low level crossing, constructing a bridge, or making no change to the current arrangements.

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29 Responses to
Umbagong Stones. Stay or go? [With poll]
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Chop71 10:22 am
28 Nov 12
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Thumper 10:59 am
28 Nov 12
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Trick question, right?

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Deref 11:02 am
28 Nov 12
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Chop71 said :

monorail

Bicycles.

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poetix 11:02 am
28 Nov 12
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Watson 11:14 am
28 Nov 12
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“Some residents have also raised concerns around the general accessibility of the stepping stones.”

We have to idiot proof everything. Everything, I tell ya!

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shirty_bear 11:34 am
28 Nov 12
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Roads ACT worried about idiot-proofing stepping stones in a creek in a park? That get wet when it rains?

Either April Fools’ is late this year, or way early for next year.

Consider my belief beggared.

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niftydog 11:40 am
28 Nov 12
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Annoyingly, the survey does not include the option to “(erect) improved warning signage on the approaches to the stepping stones” as mentioned in the media release.

Um, Tony, wouldn’t a low level crossing also be unusable “during significant wet weather events”???

I’d love to know what the “concerns around the general accessibility of the stepping stones” are. Anyone got any clue what the issue is?

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Spykler 1:19 pm
28 Nov 12
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Lived in Latham for 25 years and in that time had never heard of any issues with people breaking bones, slipping off them, or other general misfortune dealing with these stones. When the creek is in flood there is no way on God’s good earth you would attempt to cross there- it rises high and rapidly. What ever happened to common sense?

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thy_dungeonman 1:26 pm
28 Nov 12
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niftydog said :

I’d love to know what the “concerns around the general accessibility of the stepping stones” are. Anyone got any clue what the issue is?

Well it doesn’t seem like someone in a wheelchair or who isn’t able to take long strides due to age or infirmity can use them.

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niftydog 2:12 pm
28 Nov 12
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thy_dungeonman said :

Well it doesn’t seem like someone in a wheelchair or who isn’t able to take long strides due to age or infirmity can use them.

Such people tend not to use slippery dips or monkey bars either.

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Chop71 4:28 pm
28 Nov 12
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That muddy pond seriously needs an environmental impact statement done on it.

Send in the Greenpeace Grannies of Latham

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Roundhead89 5:08 pm
28 Nov 12
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Poll doesn’t include the option of finally building the bridge planned in 1966 to link Dalley Cres to Florey Drive. Then the stones could be removed and both cars and pedestrians could cross the creek safely in all weather.

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Pork Hunt 5:17 pm
28 Nov 12
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poetix said :

Gondola

Venetian or cable car?

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Aeek 5:24 pm
28 Nov 12
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Chop71 said :

That muddy pond seriously needs an environmental impact statement done on it.

It should be made mandatory to have one done before we have damaging rains.

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poetix 5:27 pm
28 Nov 12
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Pork Hunt said :

poetix said :

Gondola

Venetian or cable car?

I was thinking of specially trained gondoliers, all wearing Like Canberra T-shirts, singing merry pro-Canberra songs as they transport happy fellow Canberrans in their fleet of little boats all marked with the hilarious slogan ‘We Like Canberra Too…And We’re Only Boats!’

But funiculars are equally funtastic, and they have been in the air recently…

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