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Developers and light rail

By Pandy 4 September 2008 25

I am not one to think for the moment that building company’s want to feather their own nest and have a mouth piece act for them. But the following makes me think otherwise:

The Village Building Company wants to develop the WATSON Heritage Village site for 300 houses (why not apartments?).

Then comes in today’s CT a report that says “Australian Institute of Architects ACT Chapter president David Flannery said a Civic-to- Canberra Airport link had been proposed but he thought a route linking Civic and Watson’s residential area was preferable.”

Like why?

Let me think the Village Building Company was the group in the mid nineties that was pushing for light rail to Gungahlin. It also proposed linking it’s Tralee building site via light rail to Civic and the Defence (but Defence said they were not going to prop it up) site at Bungendore via the old rail network. As we have been repeatedly told, properties along light rail routes provide a windfall profits to sellers and an increase in stamp duty to government coffers.

So is David being paid by Bob to back VBC?

Why does not the VBC if it has any real green credentials (or is it only profit motivated?) not place their own money in to a consortium to build these light routes for bragging rights? Never heard that they would do so and I guess unlikely to ever do so, why should they when governments and gullible community organisations will help them to line their pockets.


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cranky 8:34 pm 05 Sep 08

Yes, it would probably require a degree of interstate cooperation. Now, given our wall to wall same party system, it could well have a hope of getting up.

Well, until tomorrow night in WA I guess.

tom-tom 8:25 pm 05 Sep 08

cranky I agree with you about pay as you drive rego but I don’t think adding it on to fuel prices is the way to go….. If we did that I’d buy my petrol in queanbeyan

cranky 6:33 pm 05 Sep 08

I’m glad I wouldn’t have to schedule the 20 buses an hour arriving in Civic from points north on Northbourne. Don’t know where I’d find the drivers for them in the first place, don’t know where I’d park them/send them after the passengers had disembarked. As has been said, Canberra has 2 peak hours a day, both lasting several seconds.

Yes, it would be marvellous if the population decided to use the public transport system, but enough posters above have explained the lack of enthusiasm.

Having said that, I can see how a far larger, sensibly administered ‘Park ‘n Ride’ system could aleviate a deal of traffic/parking traffic. I don’t think this system has been adequately promoted in the past. The paid parking at the Hospital was to penalise Woden workers from park ‘n walk.

Also mentioned above is the sensible suggestion that rego costs be incorporated in the cost of fuel. The less you use, the less you pay, and vice versa. Simple really.

Gungahlin Al 5:48 pm 05 Sep 08

Well RA seems to be having connection problems today (all week actually) and my lengthy rebuttal of tom toms claims has gone to cyberspace. Buggered if I’m going to redo it all.
Suffice it to say re-read my post #5 above.
Check the pictures on this site: under Light Rail Gallery.
And check the hills on the 4th video clip – especially the one straight out of the station.
PS: Canberra ain’t flat. By any stretch of the imagination.

shauno 5:45 pm 05 Sep 08

Ideally an underground station in civic would be the go. So we have civic as the major hub and the underground link to the airport appearing above ground in the middle of Ainslie ave or even more ideally continuing underground until the other side of Campbell.

Now to fund this we request the federal govt fund the majority of the underground station in civic and maybe the tunnel to airport and the Act govt with private contractors fund the rest of the network throughout Canberra. Some may argue that the cost wouldn’t be justified for our population but I say its worth it for the long term benefit and future expansion.

While where at the tunnel building stage we may as well continue the tunnel up the centre of northbourne some what to reduce the impact and lessen the disruption from traffic maybe bring it above ground halfway towards Dickson or again ideally after the major intersection there at Mouat street.

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