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Details on the Gungahlin job transplant

By johnboy - 2 May 2011 21

Following on from Andrew Barr’s tweet based announcement the Chief Minister has now published a media release on the subject.

“The ACT Government will establish a presence in Gungahlin by moving 500 public servants to a new Government office block that will be built in the region’s town centre,” Chief Minister and Minister for Land and Property Services, Jon Stanhope announced today.

“This move will create local jobs for Gungahlin’s 42,000 residents and generate economic activity for the surrounding businesses.”

The 7,000sqm office complex is expected to house 500 public servants and include on-site parking.

The coming ACT Budget will invest $150,000 for a study into the estimated cost and design of the building as well as the preferred site and tenants.

Just who will be exiled is yet to be determined. Which could be a great spur to drive cooperation with the Hawke reforms.

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Details on the Gungahlin job transplant
bd84 8:21 pm 02 May 11

Why even consider this when the ACT Government is planning on constructing a grand whole of government building in the City by 2015? Sounds like a token waste of money to keep a few people happy to me..

molongloid 8:20 pm 02 May 11

And there’s the job multiplier effect.

Gungahlin Al said :

dpm said :

What will actually happen is 450 or so people (cars) who live in Belco, Woden, Weston or Tuggers will have to drive to Gungahlin for work, while most people living there will still be travelling to whatever other satellite town centre they currently work in.

Over time a proportion of people will tend to relocate to be closer to the work, or seek to change their job to ones located closer to their home.

AND this will be the catalyst for other departments to give the Gungahlin location serious consideration, leading to more people being able to live closer to their work.

Meanwhile those who chose to commute will be able to do so in much the same time (once Gungahlin Drive is completed) because they’ll be avoiding the peak congestion and instead running counter-flow.

PantsMan 7:54 pm 02 May 11

D2 said :

Keijidosha said :

Estimated cost of building – $0 if paid for by commercial developers, $20,000,000 if paid for by taxpayers

At an annual rental of $5,000,00 for ten years = nice tidy profit for developer at taxpayers’ expense.

lol

Great bargaining position! ‘We’ve announced an office to house 500 public servants in Gungahlin. How much will that cost us.’ And is anyone concerned that there are public servants who can just be sent somewhere to boost the economy?

Gungahlin Al 4:46 pm 02 May 11

dpm said :

“This move will create local jobs for Gungahlin’s 42,000 residents and generate economic activity for the surrounding businesses.”

What will actually happen is 450 or so people (cars) who live in Belco, Woden, Weston or Tuggers will have to drive to Gungahlin for work, while most people living there will still be travelling to whatever other satellite town centre they currently work in. People rarely move in Canberra to be near their work, if it moves….

Over time a proportion of people will tend to relocate to be closer to the work, or seek to change their job to ones located closer to their home.

AND this will be the catalyst for other departments to give the Gungahlin location serious consideration, leading to more people being able to live closer to their work.

Meanwhile those who chose to commute will be able to do so in much the same time (once Gungahlin Drive is completed) because they’ll be avoiding the peak congestion and instead running counter-flow.

This will be good for all Canberrans from a tax paying perspective, because to not have employment there is to doom us all to massive road construction bills. (And Monash Drv)

Thanks Frots for the feedback!

dpm 4:22 pm 02 May 11

“This move will create local jobs for Gungahlin’s 42,000 residents and generate economic activity for the surrounding businesses.”

What will actually happen is 450 or so people (cars) who live in Belco, Woden, Weston or Tuggers will have to drive to Gungahlin for work, while most people living there will still be travelling to whatever other satellite town centre they currently work in. People rarely move in Canberra to be near their work, if it moves….

D2 4:11 pm 02 May 11

Keijidosha said :

Estimated cost of building – $0 if paid for by commercial developers, $20,000,000 if paid for by taxpayers

At an annual rental of $5,000,00 for ten years = nice tidy profit for developer at taxpayers’ expense.

Keijidosha 3:53 pm 02 May 11

Despite my earlier comment I should point out that I’m actually in favour of decentralising our commercial space to established town centres, although convincing government departments to move appears to be the greatest challenge. I know of departments split across buildings in the city seemingly abhorred by the idea of being anywhere else but the CBD.

EvanJames 2:57 pm 02 May 11

I think it’s an excellent idea and there should be more of it. Location can be a huge inducement to people who are sick of traffic jams and praying they find a car parking spot.

Many of the organisations that have set up shop around the airport, for instance, are finding the thousands of people who live just over the border in NSW are very keen to work there.

Now all we need is a few smart businesses to set up in Queanbeyan and they’ll be beating the commuters off with sticks.

Keijidosha 1:55 pm 02 May 11

Note to self: Open a coffee shop in Gunghalin Town centre.

Actually scratch that, I’ll just put my hand up for $150k for the study into this project.
Estimated cost of building – $0 if paid for by commercial developers, $20,000,000 if paid for by taxpayers, with estimated completion by 2020. (Revised to 2025 following structural failure during construction.
Design of building – whatever shape allows for most number of stalls (cubicles) and highest energy rating, with fewest number of car parking spaces. Ensure appropriate use of feature panelling that will be out of date within 1 year, and use materials that guarantee the building will need to be bulldozed in 10.
Preferred site – This is Gunghalin, so just bulldoze some vacant bushland near the town centre, or squeeze in into/on top of any existing space. Bonus points awarded for lack of access to public transport.

Bosworth 12:21 pm 02 May 11

500 jobs moving to gungahlin.

“This move will create local jobs for Gungahlin’s 42,000 residents and generate economic activity for the surrounding businesses.”

=

Each job will be job-shared by 84 Gungahlin residents, with employment for 27 mins per week each.

Erg0 12:10 pm 02 May 11

ma7trlb said :

so he can pony up $1m for feasibility study into a convention centre, but only $150k for a long-promised Gungahlin Govt Department. Where do they get their quotes from, or is the disparity an indicator of token effort?

Fewer opportunities for “fact finding missions” on this one, I suspect.

screaming banshee 12:04 pm 02 May 11

What a joke, $150k to think about it….good to see the belt has been tightened.

I’m sure there are a glut of commercial developers out there who would gladly submit designs and costings for the chance to secure a govt dept as major tenant.

damien haas 11:55 am 02 May 11

I hope ‘Transport for Canberra’ are relocated to this new office block.

ma7trlb 11:03 am 02 May 11

so he can pony up $1m for feasibility study into a convention centre, but only $150k for a long-promised Gungahlin Govt Department. Where do they get their quotes from, or is the disparity an indicator of token effort?

The Frots 10:58 am 02 May 11

I heard Al on the ABC morning show today – really good interview and he presented a really good case for the relocation as well as the infrastructure issues. Now about that hospital………………………

Great job Al!

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