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Another Plan for Civic, Oh Yes, Another

By johnboy 5 August 2005 25

The Canberra Times brings the grim news that yet another plan for civic is to be released. It promises us “an alluring social and economic hub of parklands, grand boulevards and new residential, government and commercial buildings”. It’s going to do it, oddly enough, by destroying the only park in Civic to build a Legislative Assembly more in keeping with our Leader’s perceptions of themselves.

Under this plan we’re also going to get a Civic Development Corporation to be created as a Statutory Board answerable to a Minister. This will create lots of nice jobs with which to reward hard working comrades and so is sure to meet with approval (passim ActewAGL).

The neat thing about this plethora of plans is that members of the public who, reasonably enough, don’t have the time to read or keep track of all these suckers as they go past end up having to just nod and smile at the “experts”.

For those struggling to keep up I find the Godwin’s Law of Canberra planning debates is any mention of Burley Griffin, which usually indicated the plan is stiffing the public and they can’t sell it on its own merits. We find it used here:

The plan reasserts City Hill’s central focus as a place of activity, as envisaged by Canberra’s original architect, Walter Burley Griffin.

I’m sure if they looked they could find something in the bible too (at least then they’d have to source the reference and we could check their usage).

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seepi 10:32 pm 05 Aug 05

Terry Snow develped the airport. Who is winning there – he is. WE pay a taxi levy of 2.00 for passing through, busses are not allowed to go there (or it has been made very difficult for them), you have to park to pick people up from the airport (and pay). Nothing in the airport has been built for the public benefit, it is all a money spinner for the owner. No wonder they can’t wait to get their hands on more chunks of Canberra. You can bet there will be hidden costs to the public in this plan.

areaman 4:20 pm 05 Aug 05

Actually not all that much:

Although that may be out of date as I belive the car park nearest the canberra center has been replaced with the big office building for the ATO. leaving little or no above ground parking.

Smackbang 4:08 pm 05 Aug 05

Or more above-ground carpaks that look not unlike gaols, with their vertical bars (I’m referring to the Canberra Centre here). Sadly, I think that’s exactly what we’ll be getting in section 84.

areaman 4:02 pm 05 Aug 05

Ditto, last thing we need is another massive, butt ugly mall.

Maelinar 4:01 pm 05 Aug 05

Nicely worded areaman, the skill of a good planning minister is in getting private industry and corporations to pay for all that.

So far the expertise I’ve seen is sadly lacking.

Quoting the closure of one school, while convenient for your argument, hardly compares with the closure of several.

Building unnecessary government buildings, to use your quotes, is like putting lipstick on a pig.

If they’re that desperate for housing, there’s two buildings on either side of the war memorial that have been largely vacant for a while now. I suggest they may like to look there.

My understanding of the situation is they’d give themselves free parking there as well.

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