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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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Canberra’s working harbour?
teddy bear 7:23 pm 08 Apr 07

It seems that to make the harbour they have to take over some of the lake. If the NCA gets involved they may end up reclaiming all of the east basin and have to move the harbour.

LIC 6:10 pm 08 Apr 07

Looks like a port is going in at Acton – whats with all the containers on/near the futsal slab?

(Speaking of which, when’s the next international futsal tournament on there?)

I-filed 5:50 pm 08 Apr 07

This is sounding like it has the makings of a theme park. How bout an ersatz rough pub where public servants can pretend to be stevedores?

lateralis 4:43 pm 08 Apr 07

We need a lighthouse first…a really big one.

Ralph 3:28 pm 08 Apr 07

Stanhope can dock his Siev-X replica there.

louise 12:10 pm 08 Apr 07

Another monument to the follies of the S-hope government.

Superschools, superjails, superlibraries, a super Grassby, a not-so-super bus system, and now a super harbour. Where will it all end?

LIC 11:51 am 08 Apr 07

For true authenticity, the “harbour” needs yards full of shipping containers, lots of cranes, trucks thundering up and down the roads 24/7, some old wharfies pubs … all so the residents get that realistic “harbour” feeling.

Where is all the harbour traffic coming from …the yet to be announced Acton oil refinery and grain handling port?

Special G 9:56 am 08 Apr 07

Does it come complete with working harbour smell? That would increase the appeal.

Bartron 11:22 pm 07 Apr 07

It won’t be a working harbour until I see the Emma Maersk parked and awaiting cargo. Unfortunatly that might spoil the view for the ‘working class’ living in their ‘working harbour’.

pffft…who the hell are they kidding?

futto 11:01 pm 07 Apr 07

Simcity is the only place in Canberra you would need a harbour to protect our fleet of ships from the unforgiving waters of our blessed artificial lake.

what’s next? How about a underground rail link between Civic interchange and the airport. dumbasses.

mutley 7:34 pm 07 Apr 07

Isn’t there some sort of ban on watercraft between the two bridges anyway? Even if it were established as an East Canberra Yacht Club, they couldn’t sail far, and they couldn’t have regattas with CYC, at least not without bringing the trailers in

lateralis 7:00 pm 07 Apr 07

Is Simon working with Crazy Chester these days?
If we get a dock then I think we also need a canal from the lake to Googong (soon to be re-named Lake Pru).

gaelhope 5:28 pm 07 Apr 07

what a total waste of money. the new part of kingston is a bloody awful sterile mess anyway, much less adding a useless marina. How about some working, alternate public transport Simon? I like the light rail idea, not to mention the VFT

LlamaFrog 5:11 pm 07 Apr 07

can’t wait to see the tankers lined up at the docks, maybe even the QE2

Meconium 5:02 pm 07 Apr 07

If only Canberrans were as easy to please as Sims… but at least natural disasters happen rather less frequently than they do in Corbell’s game-city. We may have fires, but at least there’s no hurricanes, major floods, earthquakes or attacks from Godzilla.

Still, this “harbour” idea is stupid. A light rail system would make much more sense. If that were implemented, one day we might rise to the status of a Megalopolis…

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