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Cave People on the Rise

By Deano - 18 April 2008 59

The Macarthur Cave People are on the march again. This time they’re up in arms about the ACTEW proposal to build a gas fired power station at Hume opposite the Mugga Lane dump.

I can’t see what their objection is about. It is situated on the opposite side of the ridge and can’t been seen from the nearest residences (and would only block the view of the dump in any case). The worst case (temperature inversion and NW winds) noise assessment shows some houses will be exposed to less than 35dbA of noise (which is slightly louder than a whisper) from the plant which is within the ACT planning criteria.

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Cave People on the Rise
barney 4:48 pm 19 Apr 08

$5 a litre for petrol is a scary thought. Perhaps, given the fact that the costs of living are going up (even higher), and in particular the price of petrol, you’d think that the 2020 summit taking place right now would surely be looking at better planning of towns and cities.

I don’t know myself what will come out of this 2020 ideas feast, but it’s got to be said that sustainability is important. There should be planning towards efficient and sustainable transport options which do less impact on the well being of planet earth whilst providing work/jobs, IE: Light-Rail, Trams etc.

Sorry for going off the topic 🙂

Tempestas 1:46 pm 19 Apr 08

barney said :

The Mugga tip should be relocated further north? Maybe a bit late, and also for the Gaol, sadly. But they are all far enough away from anything to be of any concern, surely.

Wasn’t the original plan to have the goal at Majura but Jon and John couldn’t agree on a land swap?

This is an interesting trend in Canberra, I noticed the Watson folk against redevelopment of the “Canberry” site on Stateline and was thinking – gee once petrol hits $5 a litre sometime in the next decade all the open spaces in Canberra and going to be fair game for infill. So where will the “my community space” is sacred fit into that.

A gas fired powerplant strikes me as the lesser of many evils and given Hume has always been zoned “heavy” industry (for this town anyway) then living in Macarthur was always a risk for industrial development, a hill and several km away. Perhaps I’ll have their powerplant and data centre and they can have my 80 in a 60 zone burnout f*wits. I know who will get woken up.

RuffnReady 1:10 pm 19 Apr 08

Usually gas-fired pps are built for peak-load generation because of the price of gas… but this one is going to be used to support data centres? Odd.

barney 12:46 pm 19 Apr 08

zig said :

Hmmm not that I really care that much…

But it does seem as if the ACT Government is treating the Southside as a dumping ground for all it’s problems….

We already got given the ACT jail down this way, we already have the tip and now they are talking about putting a gas fired power station out this way….

Here’s a thought….build it out at Gungahlin and see how many people complain! LOL. Better yet, build it next to Yarralumla/Deakin/Curtin! I can already hear the whining!!!

The Mugga tip should be relocated further north? Maybe a bit late, and also for the Gaol, sadly. But they are all far enough away from anything to be of any concern, surely.

Deano 10:30 am 19 Apr 08

Yes but the Northside has Charnwood and Dunlop – sort of even really 🙂

zig 10:17 am 19 Apr 08

Hmmm not that I really care that much…

But it does seem as if the ACT Government is treating the Southside as a dumping ground for all it’s problems….

We already got given the ACT jail down this way, we already have the tip and now they are talking about putting a gas fired power station out this way….

Here’s a thought….build it out at Gungahlin and see how many people complain! LOL. Better yet, build it next to Yarralumla/Deakin/Curtin! I can already hear the whining!!!

Pandy 2:05 am 19 Apr 08

Donors? Liberal party? I thought they have all gone away?

More importantly, will the local community council support the proposal?

barney 12:48 am 19 Apr 08

I can hardly wait to find out..

election08 11:24 pm 18 Apr 08

barney said :

Maybe the Liberal party should draw up a scheme

Zed “I’m beyond your help” Sesselja lives in Macarthur.

Will he join his local neighbourhood NIMBY crowd, will he say its not his responsibility because he is a Molonglo MLA not one from Brindabella, will he handball it to his puppet master Brendan Smith or will he simply push the project through cause its good for business.

Say tuned. These questions and more will be answered after they talk to their developer friends and donors…

barney 9:15 pm 18 Apr 08

Maybe the Liberal party should draw up a scheme and fund a underground drain network especially designed for cave people, drain dwellers, bunyips and possibly the Democrats and the Nationals.

Just imagine how good it would be!

Deano 8:40 pm 18 Apr 08

GregW said :

35dbA is louder than you would think.

What I don’t understand about the project is the 210MW gas fired power station, what sort of power density are they expecting the datacenters to require? Are we just getting a power plant under the guise of a datacenter?

A bit of both.

We they say datacentre, they actually mean 13 separate facilities on the 21 hectare site.

Excess power will be sold for emergency and peak usage periods.

Deano 8:28 pm 18 Apr 08

Pandy said :

Proof? Link?

Signs around the neighbourhood. Not everything happens online you know.

Mr Waffle 6:53 pm 18 Apr 08

35? Isn’t the legal limit for car exhausts ~90?

GregW 6:10 pm 18 Apr 08

35dbA is louder than you would think.

What I don’t understand about the project is the 210MW gas fired power station, what sort of power density are they expecting the datacenters to require? Are we just getting a power plant under the guise of a datacenter?

Pandy 5:51 pm 18 Apr 08

Proof? Link?

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