Fears Gungahlin’s traffic chaos will be repeated in Molonglo

Ian Bushnell 28 March 2018 59

The Cotter Road is one of only two ways out of Molonglo and the community council fears congestion will only get worse as the district fills. File photo.

There are growing concerns that Gungahlin’s infamous traffic tangles will be replicated in the new district of Molonglo, which will eventually contain 45,000 to 50,000 people and not have any major employment.

Weston Creek Community Council has outlined the concerns in its 2018-19 Budget submission, which also warns about infrastructure delays and calls on the Government to bring forward plans for the Molonglo Group Centre and the bridge across the Molonglo River.

Chair Tom Anderson said that with the ACT Government not planning any employment at the Molonglo Group Centre, jobs will be limited to retail and commercial businesses.

“So what will happen is that it will become a dormitory district, the same as Gungahlin, with almost everyone leaving to go to work at the same time,” Mr Anderson said.

He said that at present there were only two ways out of Molonglo – Coppins Crossing and Cotter Road – and the bridge across the Molonglo River at Coppins Crossing was not earmarked for another four years.

“They’ve already started on Whitlam, and more and more traffic flows that way, and they’ve all got to go across Coppins Crossing. Heaven forbids when the Molonglo floods and that’s closed with the numbers of people there,” Mr Anderson said.

There are calls for more services and facilities before Molonglo’s population builds. File photo.

Despite the duplication of Cotter Road, congestion was still a problem and it was only going to get worse as Molonglo’s population grows.

“You’ll have the equivalent of what’s in Gungahlin leaving for work, and you can see all the issues with traffic there.That’s the same sort of thing that’s going to happen in Molonglo,” Mr Anderson said.

Mr Anderson said the Group Centre was also four years away when the population is expected to reach the Government’s target of 15,000.

“My concern is that when we hit that target figure then they’ll work on getting it built whereas my view is that when you get to that number it should already be built,” he said.

He said the Coombs shops were still not open as rumours swirled about its future, while the Denman Prospect shops were months away and there had not been any development application for the proposed mixed development and supermarket in Wright.

A gym and coffee shop has opened in Coombs. “It’s the first place where you can buy something in Molonglo,” Mr Anderson said.

The Council also wants the Government to bring forward plans for years 7 to 10 in the K to 10 school planned for Denman Prospect and start development of the sports fields proposed for the eastern edge of the Stromlo Forest Park.

It also wants new community and health centres in the Weston Group Centre, with Weston Creek marking its 50th anniversary this year.

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59 Responses to Fears Gungahlin’s traffic chaos will be repeated in Molonglo
Wing Nut Wing Nut 4:36 pm 02 Apr 18

What puzzles and angers the residents of Gungahlin is the range of issues should not be at the levels they are. Gungahlin’s a largely green field site but a yet past and present planning failures is leaving many residents absolutely fed up.

Ante Nazor Ante Nazor 10:08 pm 31 Mar 18

Wait until the tram 🚃 starts & traffic in gungahlin slows down even further , not to mention the potential for dangerous accidents... Molonglo slows down ... other areas neglected slow down also ... due to minimal road spending... etc etc ... and then there’s paying a fortune in rates & taxes that are increasing annually... paid by every citizen when less then 5% of people benefit 😳

Drew Reis Drew Reis 1:00 pm 30 Mar 18


Pierre-François Loos Pierre-François Loos 1:37 am 30 Mar 18

get a bike

Babs Mabbs Babs Mabbs 9:53 pm 29 Mar 18

Does anyone wonder what happened to the wildlife who lived there before it was cleared?

Angela Hunter Angela Hunter 8:20 pm 29 Mar 18

When will employers embrace working from home or tele-working sites. The old concept of everyone traveling to the same place everyday has been redundant since technology took over our jobs.

Failing that, a European model of parking on the outskirts of the CBD with free...yes FREE buses into the city, makes so much more sense.

Trev Astle Trev Astle 5:26 pm 29 Mar 18

Not a problem if you are retired as you can choose when to be on the road. ie not when mothers are collecting kids from school nor in peak hour traffic. Retirement is great!!!

Mac John Mac John 1:04 pm 29 Mar 18

Again the Barr led ACT Government has failed. Too interested in giving nearly two million to the Tradies club through land deals that indirectly benefitted the CFMEU and the ALP from donations.

Josh Ginpil Josh Ginpil 11:15 am 29 Mar 18

I don’t think this is a case of “fear” rather one of the current reality

JD Sevi JD Sevi 9:39 am 29 Mar 18

No money in building roads.. still waiting for Horse park to connect to Majura..10 years plus now and still not a backhoe in sight.. meanwhile the road gets more congested, potholed and patched up. Labour waiting for another election ?

Liz Posmyk Liz Posmyk 7:39 am 29 Mar 18

What do you mean "plagued Gungahlin"... use present tense please... residents of Gungahlin have been suffering for years and years... just take a look at every exit and entry point at peak hour... FFS! Thankfully my man and I have retired and can avoid the parking lot syndrome on major roads... but we're also completely fed up with endless roadworks, building works and dust... we're outta here! Shame on you ACT Govt!

Stan Vizovitis Stan Vizovitis 12:22 am 29 Mar 18

Of cause it will be they only planned for the money!

Malcolm Peden Malcolm Peden 11:16 pm 28 Mar 18

Build a light Rail to & from and watch the people use it .

Michael Robinson Michael Robinson 11:04 pm 28 Mar 18

If you build it they will come 👊

Melissa Woolf Melissa Woolf 10:59 pm 28 Mar 18

Time for a tram out that way...

Gary Wight Gary Wight 10:49 pm 28 Mar 18

‘Plagued’ (past tense)... we continue to live that dream

    Brett Griffiths Brett Griffiths 3:05 am 29 Mar 18

    When Tuggeranong was built all the future infrastructure areas were laid out ready for future development, extra roads, no worries the land was already there, as with Ashley Drive duplication now happening, land already there. Now with private development it’s build future slums because no facility for traffic requirements etc are allocated, so developers can maximise their profits and can’t even fit a standard bus on the suburban road networks! Just madness! And the rest of Canberra has to pay over inflated prices to build a bloody tram to sort the problems!

    Troy Duggan Troy Duggan 8:01 pm 29 Mar 18

    I call it the "Gungahlin Insurgency" as it is a concerted, coordinated encirclement of the inhabitants to prevent the free access of locals in and out of the 'tram terrorism zone'

    Gary Wight Gary Wight 4:50 am 30 Mar 18

    Funneling the populace into (more) efficient and environmentally (more) sustainable modes of transport is a bad thing? The way we’ve designed towns and cities til now has been a complete disaster so maybe things need to be done differently?

    Gary Wight Gary Wight 4:56 am 30 Mar 18

    Brett Griffiths ‘the rest of Canberra’ pay for all sorts of things. If we adopted the argument that the south shouldn’t be paying for infrastructure in the north (I.e. it’s unfair that ‘my’ rates/taxes are funding things that don’t benefit me or my area), then people should complain when a new road, hospital, school etc is built somewhere else. Happy that some may not have wanted the tram, but any argument around it being unfair that non-northerners have helped pay for it (but it only benefits Gungahlin) is a very flawed argument (which many argued during the election and continue to argue). Hopefully the next line is in the south and us Yankees up north can help pay for it 😉

Alan Campbell Alan Campbell 10:41 pm 28 Mar 18

It’s planned for 2 routes east, the Cotter across onto Tuggers Pkwy or Adelaide, a 2nd onto Tuggers below the Arboretum, then 2 north, one to Coulter/William Hovell and one to Bindubi at WH. Seems to be a non story.

Leonie Steel Leonie Steel 10:27 pm 28 Mar 18

Given the lack of infrastructure provided by the ACT government on the south side of Canberra, it’s guaranteed. But the amount of funding that Gunghalin gets is definitely not! 😡

Cathy Kil Cathy Kil 10:22 pm 28 Mar 18

What council

George Frilingos George Frilingos 9:48 pm 28 Mar 18

Get the light rail to solve the problem

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