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2020 – Ideas for the future of Canberra

By barney - 20 April 2008 130

I thought it might be an idea for people frequenting The-RiotACT to spill their beans on what visions, ideas or general thoughts
they may have about where Canberra should be, or is heading by the year 2020. I for one think automatically of greener and more sustainable public transport. Not that I am an ultra-green light-rail supporter, but it is something that I can that SHOULD be on the agenda for such a forward looking visionary and pro-active ideas-feast that is “The 2020 Summit”.

Or maybe you just saw Cate Blanchett in Manuka…

What’s Your opinion?


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2020 – Ideas for the future of Canberra
GnT 3:27 pm 20 Apr 08

Yeah, I know my idea is not workable but the current problems as I see it, from a patient’s point of view are:
lack of continuity of care
lack of information
lack of birthing choice/options

The Canberra Midwifery Program has some great positives (continuity being one) but plenty of negatives (lack of choice, despite them proclaiming to be all about choice). I want a system that gives people continuity AND choice, as well as being informed (which I think I am thanks to the net, but I’m sure plenty of mothers have little or no idea).

el 2:30 pm 20 Apr 08

Ooh, wait, I know –

WORKING FAMILIES.

If you’re not a parent, then please step to one side and kill yourself, right Kevie?

gun street girl 1:47 pm 20 Apr 08

GnT said :

I also want to see a revamp of the public health system, especially when it comes to having babies (something I am going through now). I want to see ante-natal care incorporated into the public health clinics rather than attached to the hospitals. You can then see your midwife at your local clinic throughout your pregnancy, and still choose which hospital you want to give birth at. You go back to the clinic for baby care afterwards with the same midwife.

So you just want the midwives to work in a non-hospital setting for your antenatal appointments…? Whilst I’m sure that the TCH ambulatory care goons are already onto it, this provides a logistical nightmare, in that the midwives would be away from the birthing centre (which is attached to the hospital) on days they do ante- and post natal clinics – thus removing them from labouring women in the hospital. Succinctly, they won’t be able to be in two places at once (whereas they can now, when their patients visit them at the hospital).

I agree the entire public health system needs a lot of work (I see it from the inside), but I would contend that women’s and children’s health is comparatively well serviced in the ACT, when contrasted with other services that are really struggling at the moment.

barney 1:43 pm 20 Apr 08

Nobody has mentioned Internet access, bandwidth and cost as of yet.
And GnT, I completely agree with paid maternity leave.

el 1:43 pm 20 Apr 08

Supporter, even.

el 1:42 pm 20 Apr 08

Yes, I’m a supported of it, barney.

Build it in Macarthur, too.

barney 1:31 pm 20 Apr 08

bigred said :

Light rail won’t happen for the same reason GDE did happen. Vested interest and no future thoughts beyond the next election.

That’s the problem. No government is willing to waste time and resources on something that would happen outside of their current term, or may improve the possibility of another term. But perhaps we shouldn’t be so negative and sarcastic about forward planning, even if pollies have their heads in their backsides. On the same token, I wouldn’t say that the pollies are the only category of folk with their heads in the sand.

I’d like to see some forward planning for a light-rail transport system by local government and other industries. I just don’t get the feel that there is any forward thinking from any government, be it local or federal, 6 years ago or now…

Nuclear power. Well, is that something you think we may have, but you don’t agree with? Or are you a proponent of it, lol. Though we should have more environmentally friendly sources of electricity.

I’d also hope that 90% of residencies in Canberra would have rain-water tanks installed.

But you know, maybe people plan to be living somewhere else within 10 or so years.

GnT 1:29 pm 20 Apr 08

I was originally cynical of the 20202 summit, but now I’m getting really excited about what these great ideas are going to be.

Nationally, we need a piad maternity leave scheme. I would also like to see more done for Indigenous people, but this is where we need new ideas because none of the old ideas that have been recycled seem to work.

For Canberra, I definitely agree that our reliance on cars is a problem. But again, we need a major new idea not a rehash of all the old ones (light rail, re-do Action’s routes etc).

I also want to see a revamp of the public health system, especially when it comes to having babies (something I am going through now). I want to see ante-natal care incorporated into the public health clinics rather than attached to the hospitals. You can then see your midwife at your local clinic throughout your pregnancy, and still choose which hospital you want to give birth at. You go back to the clinic for baby care afterwards with the same midwife.

Hugo 12:33 pm 20 Apr 08

Electric cars the size of golf buggies which you collect from hub points and pay for with a swipe of plastic and which return a deposit when they are returned to the hub. These will not replace cars or public transport but be an adjunct and gradually will become the norm. They could use bike lanes, cleaning and damage problems could all be solved with a bit of thought.

el 12:28 pm 20 Apr 08

Nuclear power.

bigred 12:01 pm 20 Apr 08

Light rail won’t happen for the same reason GDE did happen. Vested interest and no future thoughts beyond the next election.

Jonathon Reynolds 11:43 am 20 Apr 08

LIght Rail

sepi 11:13 am 20 Apr 08

Public Transport is very important.

They used to say that Canberra was too small in population for sustainable public transport.

Now Canberra is much bigger and they say it is too spread out for effective public transport.

I think they just need to get more innovative. Smaller mini-busses could be the way to go.

barney 11:04 am 20 Apr 08

But what will it take for people to not use their cars in Canberra?

boomacat 10:30 am 20 Apr 08

Public Transport has to be at the top of the agenda, if we want to reduce carbon emissions, not to mention that, the way things are going, driving a car is going to be prohibitively expensive by 2020.

In any case, I hate having to drive everywhere because it means I have to concentrate all the time. I’d much rather switch off and daydream during a twenty minute ride to work on a metro light rail system or similar.

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