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Dragway for Majura Valley

By seepi 1 December 2005 52

The proposed Dragway for block 51 behind Mt Majura is causing consternation amongst Hackett and nearby residents, and excitement in the motor racing crowd. The dragway was an election promise by Labor, but they have been unable to find a suitable site. So in desperation they have settled on Majura Valley. This site, within 3km of houses, will apparently be the only dragway in the world to be within 3km of residential areas. It does seema bit unfortunate to set up such a major project for protests about noise and the hours it operates etc, even before it is built…Canberra residents in the neighbouring suburbs are very upset, and anyone who likes to walk/run/ride on Mt Majura can kiss the tranquility goodbye. There are also issues about heritage buldings + wildlife.

Last night a packed public meeting was held at the legislative assembly. Bizarrely the meeting was held in a small room, meaning many had to stand and further crowds hung around the doorway. Some motorsport fans stayed outside with their cars and beers. It was stifling inside, and that was before Simon Corbell started speaking.

Simon spoke, and sat on the fence as usual, stating that while we must listen to residents, we must also support the needs of the dragway fans. No clues there.

Bill Stefaniak then spoke and he stated that Hackett residents would only hear noise to the level of a car going past your window, for 12 minutes a year. He also stated that the noise would be easily drowned out by a magpie warbling. He presented no actual evidence for these theories.

Deb Foskey then spoke, and mentioned that fossil fuels are old fashioned, and that Majura Road is already hard to turn onto for local residents. She stated that she had not got elected by promising a dragway. She also went into costs of a dragway (which are not fully budgetted for by the government) , and associated costs for improving the roads giving access to it.

So what is the truth of the matter. Will Hackett residents hear a constant drone of engines all weekend every weekend, or not? And is there any way to test this before the dragway is decided upon? Can’t they go out to the site and make similar noise, and prove to local residents that this will not be a permanent end to the use of backyards in Hackett on weekends? Also – isn’t there a speedway at Queanbeyan? Do we really need another one in the ACT?

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nyssa76 4:58 pm 07 May 06

Build the damn dragway – for the revheads…charge a noise pollution tax – for the nimbys.

I lived in Watson several years ago. Couldn’t even get near the shops or out of the suburb from the Summernats crowd that decends on there each year.

Noise was a pain in the arse but it was only for a few days.

My only complaint was about the drunken fuckwits who thought it would be fun to do the same outside of NATEX (I hate the new “EPIC” name).

Then again, the Govt won’t build it. Don’t people know that pollies always lie to the people to get their votes?

ant 9:49 am 07 May 06

Regarding the 3km from residences thing. The old dragway, at the airport, was a hell of a lot closer than 3km to residences! The residents of Pialligo had the delightful experience of the dragway at all hours of the day and night. When they revved, all conversation had to stop, it was that loud. Also you had people camping out there, often the Harley Davidson crowd, and they would be riding their bikes (know how loud they are?!) up and down Pialligo Ave all night. It was shocking.
The dragway should not be built anywhere near where people live, the noise is hellish.

revhead 6:50 pm 04 Jan 06

Cant race on a drag strip,
guess I will have to race on the street!

As for “the arts are long seen as a contributer to our culture, I don’t think the same has been or ever will be said of cars.”, I would think that the cars at summernats would be considered art” (I SAID IT!). What about all the buisiness and that is created from car fanatics? I personally think this brings a lot to the community.

2.5 hours is a long time for families to travel to see the drags then travel 2.5 hours back, all for a night out with the family.

el 4:34 pm 07 Dec 05

Couldn’t care less what they build near my place. I’m all for more development and have been at a loss to explain why Canberra has been bloating outwards (Gunghalin – Tuggeranong) for so long when there’s so much free space in the city, in older suburbs that could be used.

seepi 6:57 pm 06 Dec 05

I was just trying to point out the astonishing rate of change in these suburbs – which is quite different to the rest of Canberra. Other suburbs (like Pearce for instance) haven’t really changed in 15 years. It is very easy to criticise when it isn’t happening to you.
(Red Hill were actually pretty keen to get rid of Quamby, and campaigned against a bigger version going up on the current site.)
I bet you wouldn’t want a six storey building built opposite your house and staring into your backyard,in a tiny street already too small for street parking.
If the dragway is not gong to be intrusively noisy, then why are the government keeping their expert noise report a secret? IF someone can prove to me that it won’t be overly noisy I will feel much better. I mean real proof, not wild statements about magpies and doorbells.

el 6:12 pm 06 Dec 05

Midnitecalla – the 300C is absolutely a beauty. Shame about the price tag… I’ll just have to keep cruising around in the VF.

As for Quamby in Watson – the good people of Narrabundah/Red Hill put up with it without any problems…

But the dragway has the potential to significantly disturb us all weekend every weekend.


I’m sure the 6 storey old folks home is going to ruin your life. Build a bridge.

Maelinar 11:25 am 06 Dec 05

Thumper, the northside dragway is called Gininderra Drive…

Thumper 11:14 am 06 Dec 05

I live in Charnwood, if they put a dragway there it would get stolen….

Ralph 10:12 am 06 Dec 05

I live in Gungahlin, and would gladly welcome a dragway in our unproductive grass paddocks.

Slinky the Shocker 10:00 am 06 Dec 05

Hey,Ralph, where do you live? Why don’t you want a f*&^n dragway next to your suburb?
I think the real NIMBYs are the ones who want the damn thing, but somewhere else. I personally love Hackett, because I ride the old MTB or run around the ridge there or just hop up with a couple of mates to have beers and enjoy the sunset. Preferably without dragway noise.
I think there should be a poll which side of town wants the dragway the most and they can have it! Now if that’s North Canberra, I call it democracy and give up.

Ralph 9:43 am 06 Dec 05

Somebody get the violins out. Obviously Seepi has made in abundantly clear how though life is for those in Watson/Hackett/Ainslie. Twits.

seepi 9:15 am 06 Dec 05

The rate of channge in these inner north suburbs is far greater than anyone else. And anyone who’s been through a workplace reshuffle will know that people react badly to endless change. Especially when they percieve their lives getting worse and worse. REsidents of Ainslie/Hackett / Watson are copping it from all sides. We get Summernats, the new Quamby, the 6 storey old folks home, endless developments soaking up all the parking. These suburbs are changing into something different year by year, and people are a bit sick of it. The dragway is the last straw. From our perspective the govt wants to put everything in our backyards. And we dont’ complain about all of it. Since Summernats has been cleaned up residents let it be. Noone has complained about Quamby in Watson. But the dragway has the potential to significantly disturb us all weekend every weekend.
And if you think we are complainers – what about the residents of yerrabi, who are complaining about a scout hut being built. I’ll swap them the scout hut for the dragway any day!

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