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Canberra a data hub target

By norvan 2 October 2007 25

Source: The Australian ITNews

Andrew Colley | October 02, 2007

A CONSORTIUM led by property developer CB Richard Ellis has hatched a billion-dollar plan to make Australia, and more specifically Canberra, the Asia-Pacific region’s leading data centre hub. The consortium, which includes ActewAGL and hi-tech property developer Technical Real Estate, plans to build about 130,000sqm of data centre space at two sites in the suburbs of Hume and Belconnen. The company said it expected to complete the first data centre by September 2008 with the remaining sites to become operational over the next five to 10 years. On completion the combined facility will comprise about 30 data centre units. Mr McEwen said the centres would produce about 40 per cent less greenhouse gas per unit of computing output than current data centres by using a mix of environmental technologies, including some that would take advantage of Canberra’s cool climate. Utility provider ActewAGL has also agreed to build facilities to power the site using gas piped from Bass Strait if power loads at the facility reach 40MW.

just wondering what everyone thought? is this good for Canberra?

Norvan Vogt
ACT Democrats

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Kramer 8:04 am 04 Oct 07

I expect that the proposed data centres would consolidate a number of govt data centres from around Canberra, which would sit quite nicely with the Whole of Govt initiatives.

Tigga 11:53 pm 03 Oct 07

I dont know about you but there is couple data centres around town that are government focused. Including Transact/ACTtewAGL datacentre on northbourne. Data centres in this town are covered with government ether providing there own space or outsoursing it out(Transact & Cybertrust). Unless alot of companies like your BHP’s and ING’s of the world decide to host alot of services off site in the ACT this is stupid. Mind you transact’s datacentre from what I have heard is sooo disorganised……

Kramer 1:17 pm 03 Oct 07

This would be awesome for Canberra, it would continue to build us as a smart city instead of say a international-freight-24×7-airport city. The flow on effects of internet speed & services for Canberrans would be good too. I expect the Belconnen data centre might be located where one of the old Cameron Offices, or Benjamin Offices buildings (or their carparks) currently stand. Also I wouldn’t mind seeing increased demand for IT staff, and the corresponding increase in salaries.

fnaah 10:01 am 03 Oct 07

Oh, just to clarify, I probably shouldn’t have used “we” in my last post – I’m not a member of any political party.

fnaah 10:00 am 03 Oct 07


ne can only assume that the “Democrat” way of working out whether this proposal is good for Canberra is to take it to a deliberative vote of all your party members (all 52, as of the last count you gave us) and then based on the numbers decide and further debate amongst yourselves as to whether this may be good for the Territory or not.

We call this “Democracy”. It’s pretty neat, huh?

another location, elsewhere in the country that sees the potential for development, employment and investment for their local area, grabs the opportunity by the horns and runs with it.

We call this a short-sighted cash/vote grab.

I don’t know where your concept of governance comes from, but I know who I’m voting for.

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