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Canberra’s working harbour?

By johnboy 7 April 2007 25

The Canberra Times is very excited by plans to build a harbour out onto Lake Burley Griffin at Kingston.

Canberra is expected to have a working harbour within two years, as the completion of the $1billion Kingston Foreshore project draws nearer.

Planning Minister Simon Corbell will announce today that construction of the vast new complex will begin in July.

Hmmm, a working harbour? Carrying commercial traffic from where to whence may we ask?

Sounds a lot more like a marina, Simon must have been playing with SimCity.

And was it on the Canberra Plan?

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Thumper 8:14 am 10 Apr 07


I kind of like the idea of a ‘Darling Harbour’ on Lake JBG.

You could have ferries going across to the AWM, or NM, and then on cruises around the lake.

Trips into Jerra wetlands.

Restaurants, coffee shops, specialty shops, etc all along a wide paved foreshore.

Maybe a floating restaurant, and a wharf that just juts out into the lake.

I like the idea. It has a lot of potential.

Get rid of the gaol and then when can afford to build it.

nyssa76 7:28 am 10 Apr 07

Maybe caf, but the money should be spent on priorities for the ACT people.

A harbour requires a sea route. We’re inland.

Therefore it is insane. What are we going to do, trade within ourselves on the lake?

The Govt should be attending to those issues I raised earlier, rather than wasting taxpayer money on crap like that.

caf 12:31 pm 09 Apr 07

nyssa, I think taking into account land sales it’s been revenue positive.

Reading the article it seems that this has been in some kind of plan for more than 10 years. It’s not clear whether it’s a local thing or an NCA thing though.

nyssa76 12:31 pm 09 Apr 07

I’d also be asking why we still were made to take up self-govt when the majority of Canberrans voted against it every time it was brought up!

louise 12:14 pm 09 Apr 07

Why on earth did we collectively agree to a 4-year term? If ony it were a local council, then someone could sack them for incompetence.

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