Yesterday afternoon I took myself and my brand new fancy-pants camera to see the display of plans for the time travelling busway.
I couldn’t exactly remember where it was, but knew it was somewhere in that community building near the library. By the time I’d been to the Belconnen Community Service Inc offices and the Belconnen Youth Centre, both in which where I got told it was “just around the corner”, I was starting to feel a bit like leopards might be involved after all. But then I found the Belconnen Community Centre (never knew there were so many things in that one building) and the display.
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Once there I did not see an leopards, nor warning signs thereof (although I did spot Vicki Dunne in a corner). In fact the signage telling people where to find the display was actually pretty good if you approached from the correct side of the building, unlike me.
There were about 20 people looking at two walls set up with plans and posters explaining why the busway really is a good idea after all. There were all kinds of facts and figures about the busway, including the steps involved in choosing the routes and the objectives of the project. One of the features of the display I particularly liked was a television giving a virtual tour of the busway, along each of the two proposed routes.
I was introduced twice to John, who wore an ACTPLA name badge and appeared to be in charge. There was also a woman wearing an ACTPLA badge as well as several people with makeshift paper badges who seemed to be explaining the plans and the different routes and the why to interested public.
I was piled up with factsheets, plans and newsletters all saying pretty much the same things about the busway. You can see the plans and what the newsletters and things say on the ACTPLA website. I was also encouraged several times to fill in a feedback sheet with my opinions about the plans and which of the proposed routes I thought was best. According to one of the signs, the “community consultation is ongoing including today’s Oublic Display” and it will also involve meetings with relevant groups and individuals. They also invite written submissions from pretty much anyone with an opinion on the matter.
If you want to find out more about how to be consulted on this project, get in touch with one of the following people:
Trevor Fitzpatrick from Purdon Associates
Ph 6257 1511
Fax 6248 8347
Julie Pearson from Brown Consulting
Ph 6257 1466
Fax 6247 3070