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Dragway to go?

By johnboy - 21 December 2006 31

In another interesting snippet from the comments deserving wider scrutiny, Cranky had this offering yesterday:

Slightly off topic.

Stanhope is apparently about to announce that the Dragway has been canned. Problems with Block 51 Majura apparently.

What a great way to spread the criticism re the Bushfires. Communication overload!

Comment by cranky — 20 December, 2006 @ 8:49 pm

A hell of a strategy for taking out the trash, but it is two years until the next election thanks the Brendan Smyth’s genius.

UPDATE: Ah, I should have moved quicker, the Canberra Times has it now.

Another Update: Andrew Barr has put his media release online. Aside from the noise he says it would also cost too much.

“The investigations suggest that it would not be a practical or sound financial option to effect sufficient noise mitigation measures if the noise standards proposed under the draft dragway EPP were applied.

“Detailed technical work undertaken also suggests the facility will require additional funding of up to $3.2million, beyond the $8 million already committed by the Government.”

Mr Barr said the ACT Government has now exhausted all land options and would be writing to the Australian Government to request that they re-lease the former dragway site.

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31 Responses to
Dragway to go?
el 3:07 pm 21 Dec 06

They’d have you believe it was most of north Canberra, Roccon.

youshould_knowthis 3:06 pm 21 Dec 06

They knew they’d never build it for $8 million. And they don’t have the money.

One thing they tried to say was “We’ll only spoend $8 mill, no more.” Sounds fair enough. But costs increase over time, so the cost was $8 mill for the dragway in 2003 or 2004 dollars. Obviously two years later the dragway building costs would increase (road base, construction etc)

But the Prison was meant to cost $120 million – its now more like $140 or $150 million – but they haven’t stopped escalating the money available for projects like that.

They never wanted to build it, but promised it in the last election, because they must have been concerned at the dragway vote. only explanation

seepi 2:50 pm 21 Dec 06

several suburbs, majura valley residents and ainslie/majura nature reserve users.
too many for the govt to buy out, compensate or pay for noise insulation.

vg 2:35 pm 21 Dec 06

I’m no big fan of motorsports but FFS, they promised one and once again they have lied. If I have the right to use one of the 9 (I think ) golf courses in this town then the people that want a dragway should have one somewhere. No matter where it is it will inconvenience someone.

Build the damn thing like you promised you pack of liars

roccon 2:26 pm 21 Dec 06

seepi, affected area, how large an area are we talking about here……

seepi 2:20 pm 21 Dec 06

Well I am thrilled – and massively relieved. As a resident in the affected area I was certainly worried about the noise.

barking toad 1:55 pm 21 Dec 06

In a nutshell nyssa

But the mayor sends out the young’n to try and bullshit about the report on noise pollution

As with fires, this mob won’t ever admit they’ve fucked up. But could they please stop treating us as idiots with their spin.

nyssa76 1:40 pm 21 Dec 06

They just don’t have the money.

roccon 1:37 pm 21 Dec 06

Barr: “That’s just a fact I’m afraid [of] the situation, even with significant noise mitigation works that would add to the cost – that for the residents of the Majura Valley, the noise levels would be too great.”

The Majura Valley: An expanding Airport, Gun Club, Police Training Centre. Sounds indeed like a peaceful valley

emd 1:26 pm 21 Dec 06

It would have been politically stupid to close schools on the grounds of cost, and then build a controversial dragway. Is there anyone left in Canberra that still thinks this government is doing a good job?

roccon 1:21 pm 21 Dec 06

noise abatement costs ??

What happened to the excess soil that was purchased for the GDE, that was NOT used to build the basic structure of the eventual extra lanes, and was then transported to the future Arboretum site ??

This could have been used to build an extra noise barrier at minimal cost.

Mr Evil 1:07 pm 21 Dec 06

Good decision, and inevitable anyway.

That’ll learn them to make promises they can’t keep.

roccon 11:08 am 21 Dec 06

another broken promise from our glorified local municipal council……
…..Sonic starts his holidays today too. Perfect timing.

barking toad 10:57 am 21 Dec 06

Did anyone really believe this would go ahead given the mayor’s financial mismanagement that’s left the cupboard bare?

The noise pollution concerns are just an excuse to can it ‘cos they don’t have the money any longer. And claims of exploring the possibilty of going back to the old site is just an attempt to pacify the pro-dragsters which won’t work.

And it ain’t gunna distract the community from continuing to torch the mayor re the Doogan report which is the clear intention of the timing of the announcement.

Danman 10:00 am 21 Dec 06

Canberra times is reporting that locak gummint has turfed it and its now in the hands of the commonwealth.

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