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ACT to Stretch Borders

By Paul0075 - 26 July 2011 29

According to the Canberra Times the ACT government are looking to expand the borders to accommodate more suburbs [ED – actually use amenity cross-border, not quite the same thing].

Developers are apparently looking at building on both sides of the border at Belconnen, and it seems the only way to deliver services is to shift borders.

The ACT is set to burst out of its borders as Canberra’s hunger for residential land forces developers right over the boundary with NSW.

The administrative problems thrown up by the territory’s first cross-border suburb, proposed in West Belconnen, are so thorny that bureaucrats were told to draw up plans to simply move the border.

Canberra developers. the Riverview Group. have approached the ACT Government and Yass Valley Council with a plan to build thousands of houses on agricultural land that straddles the ACT-NSW border just outside West Belconnen.

Whilst I find this interesting, I am wondering if we really need to expand beyond the existing borders just yet. I know more housing is required, but shoving people out in the middle of nowhere doesn’t really solve anything, unless employment is there as well. Otherwise we have a repeat of Gungahlin.

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frankie 7:47 pm 25 Jun 13

Chop71 said :

Hope they fix the single lane on William Hovell Drive

Moreover, a bike path along Drake Brockman Drive, as well as replacing the footpath on Belconnen Way with a bitumen bike path, would be a really good start.

EvanJames 9:44 am 29 Jul 11

farnarkler said :

EvanJames this isn’t Mumbai or Lagos we’re talking about. If developers want the ACT border extended why shouldn’t they get their wish?

You didn’t really understand what I wrote about population growth, did you?

alaninoz 7:11 am 29 Jul 11

farnarkler said :

EvanJames this isn’t Mumbai or Lagos we’re talking about. If developers want the ACT border extended why shouldn’t they get their wish?

Why should developers get their wish? Where’s the public benefit?

farnarkler 9:36 pm 28 Jul 11

EvanJames this isn’t Mumbai or Lagos we’re talking about. If developers want the ACT border extended why shouldn’t they get their wish?

spinact 6:45 pm 28 Jul 11

Rawhide Kid Part3 said :

Correct me if I’m wrong, but doesn’t all ACT land still belong to the Commonwealth? (hence the 99 year lease). And the current Legislative Assembly and local government are care takers so to speak? Also wouldn’t it take an act of Parliament both Federal and State to assume more land from New South Wales.? Not some council and developers.

That’s my understanding as well, all land in the ACT is owned by the Commonwealth.

gazket said :

the CSIRO have like 50 acres right next to Evatt just sitting there growing weeds on it.

Genetically modified weeds I’m sure

00davist 5:58 pm 28 Jul 11

Gungahlin Al said :

00davist said :

Gungahlin Al said :

I have said it before here, if I was despot, I’d shift the ACT borders out to Yass and Bungendore. Then we’d have the entire geographical, social, and economical catchment in the one municipality. And connected to the #1 highway.

Bingo – sustainable budget. Without needing massive population growth as pined after by Catherine Carter et al.

And for the people who live out of town to AVOID living in a city? (Thankfully even your plan would leave me out of the loop) There are alot of people who dont like living in lego land!

You’d live on unchanged except your rates would go to ACT instead of the local
council. And so would your taxes.

For how long? Eventually the urban sprawl would hit us, move the boundary’s sure, but not that far out, bungendore & yass need some margin between them and canberra’s possibility’s.

gazket 5:55 pm 27 Jul 11

the CSIRO have like 50 acres right next to Evatt just sitting there growing weeds on it.

Chop71 4:51 pm 27 Jul 11

Thoroughly Smashed said :

Chop71 said :

Hope they fix the single lane on William Hovell Drive

Is it damaged?

I would say going from 2 lanes to one lane and then back to 2 lanes is damaged….. yes, it causes a bottleneck that could be easily removed.

p1 4:28 pm 27 Jul 11

Jivrashia said :

Gungahlin Al said :

You’d live on unchanged except your rates would go to ACT instead of the local council. And so would your taxes.

+1
And the motor vehicle rego as well. In fact it might be cheaper to transfer vehicle over to ACT rego (it was for me).

Not having to take a vehicle over the pits every single year is a saving in itself (safety of vehicles on our roads being a separate thing entirely).

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