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Foggy opinions at Canberra Airport

By IrishPete - 29 May 2013 22

It is SO sweet of Canberra Airport to be so magnanimously and altruistically concerned about Commonwealth Public Servants’ travel in the Canberra Times.

Maybe if they allowed some proper public transport to the airport, it would reduce the overall cost of the travel (the parking/taxis at each end, there and back, can easily add up to more than the airfare) and more people would use the airport. But that would upset airports’ business models, which is no longer to get their income from airlines, but to get it direct  from the travelers.

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Foggy opinions at Canberra Airport
drfelonious 6:43 pm 30 May 13

Roundhead89 said :

No more public servants abusing taxpayers’ money travelling to exotic locations and suing for compo when they have sex? I say bring it on. The rest of Australia will be cheering that this outrageous rort by pampered fat cats is being cut back.

Roundhead – have you perchance confused this site with the Daily Telegraph? Any person who regularly travels for business will tell you that it very quickly becomes an extremely unpleasant and draining experience and public service travel takes the biscuit. Every dollar you spend needs to be accounted for in triplicate.

Outrageous rort my arse. You embarrass yourself with your ignorance but I guess if you were born in 89 you don’t know any better.

IrishPete 6:09 pm 30 May 13

EvanJames said :

Action route 10 goes to Majura Park, Brindabella Business Park, and Fairbairn. They’re just not allowed to do the actual airport or Deane’s Boys will get them. It’s $4.20 to/from Civic, the schedule is slightly eccentric and I’ll be on it tomorrow morning.

So locals in the know can walk over to BBP and get it, but people from out of town or with bags won’t. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Deane’s bus at the airport actually, so out of towners might not know about that, either.

It’s not Deane’s any more. http://www.canberraairport.com.au/travellers/parking-transport/buses-and-coaches-2/ But what about that timetable? Why not just on the hour or something simple like that?

I always wondered about the BBP buses, but as you say they are not known about by many folk. And as far as I can see, there aren’t any heading south (so no hope of getting to the Parliamentary Triangle without a change in Civic). Nor is there anything to/from Queanbeyan.

IP

OpenYourMind 5:07 pm 30 May 13

Sandman said :

My wife’s in the public service and some of the travel she’s previously done has seemed completely useless considering the tele/video conferencing available to them. The airport is just concerned that its loosing it’s little “cost doesn’t matter,I’m not paying for it” cash cow.

Yep, agree totally. A while back tel/video conferencing was pretty crap, but it’s got to the point now where lots of work/meetings can easily be done using this tech.

Travel budgets are often the first thing to go when the belt tightens a little.

Suck it up SnowEmpire.

EvanJames 4:41 pm 30 May 13

Action route 10 goes to Majura Park, Brindabella Business Park, and Fairbairn. They’re just not allowed to do the actual airport or Deane’s Boys will get them. It’s $4.20 to/from Civic, the schedule is slightly eccentric and I’ll be on it tomorrow morning.

So locals in the know can walk over to BBP and get it, but people from out of town or with bags won’t. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the Deane’s bus at the airport actually, so out of towners might not know about that, either.

tim_c 3:33 pm 30 May 13

They probably canned the bus service because the roads were never designed to take vehicles that size, and because of the prohibitive fees involved in picking up passengers at the airport (as well as the costs of repairing damage to vehicles due to poor road design).

BTW: Does anyone know when the airport will actually be finished? It has been a perpetual construction site since at least 2003 (when I started going near/through it semi-regularly for work). Is it the inspiration for ACT roadworks?

IrishPete 3:24 pm 30 May 13

bd84 said :

There has been public buses running to the airport a number of times, each time it’s been canned due to lack of patronage.

Can you provide details? The current service at $12 one way doesn’t really count. Its predecessor was roughly the same price. They only go to Civic, when any fule kno that much of the traffic goes to the Parliamentary Triangle. And at that price two or three in a taxi is competitive. The first bus arrives at the airport at 0846 and the last leaves it at 1850. With a frequency of about 40-50 minutes in between those times, it’s hardly designed to be convenient.

If it was an Action service, which I suggest should loop through Civic, the Triangle and the Airport, it would be a completely different scenario, linking in with existing bus services to other areas if needed.

IP

dungfungus 12:04 pm 30 May 13

Roundhead89 said :

No more public servants abusing taxpayers’ money travelling to exotic locations and suing for compo when they have sex? I say bring it on. The rest of Australia will be cheering that this outrageous rort by pampered fat cats is being cut back.

With the sudden but expected fall of the Aussie Dollar, increased costs for holiday travel to exotic locations for the masses will impact adversely on airport activity as well.

Roundhead89 11:48 am 30 May 13

No more public servants abusing taxpayers’ money travelling to exotic locations and suing for compo when they have sex? I say bring it on. The rest of Australia will be cheering that this outrageous rort by pampered fat cats is being cut back.

dungfungus 11:45 am 30 May 13

dpm said :

If he’s complaining about the Canberra economy now, just wait till next year!

I think I’ve commented in the last on the point made about the potential loss of a business (ie car manufacturer, clothes manufacturer) getting some sort of urgent public bail out when people are happy to let 20k PS jobs go! Though, that’s going to be by ‘natural attrition’. Haha!
I suppose it all depends on if it recovers in a few years. Though, that doesn’t help people worrying and stressing until then – both public servants and local businesses etc..

Soup kitchens for the unemployed will be the new sunrise industry.

bikhet 11:05 am 30 May 13

EvanJames said :

I had a wry chuckle at Byron’s Lament yesterday. Pretty brazen considering most of Canberra has woken up to what sharp operators the CAG is. Apparently they’re currently suggesting in their unique way that a better-positioned exit off the upcoming Majura Parkway would be of tremendous benefit and would also cure cancer… and allow customers to easily access the Majura Park area. Give up, boys.

They can have a new entry/exit – if they pay for it.

EvanJames 9:38 am 30 May 13

I had a wry chuckle at Byron’s Lament yesterday. Pretty brazen considering most of Canberra has woken up to what sharp operators the CAG is. Apparently they’re currently suggesting in their unique way that a better-positioned exit off the upcoming Majura Parkway would be of tremendous benefit and would also cure cancer… and allow customers to easily access the Majura Park area. Give up, boys.

davo101 9:32 am 30 May 13

Favourite quote from the article “I think you’ve got to say, in no way, shape or form, no matter your wildest opinions on government waste, was there 22 per cent of unnecessary public servant travel.” From personal experience I’d put it somewhere above 50%.

dpm 7:51 am 30 May 13

If he’s complaining about the Canberra economy now, just wait till next year!

I think I’ve commented in the last on the point made about the potential loss of a business (ie car manufacturer, clothes manufacturer) getting some sort of urgent public bail out when people are happy to let 20k PS jobs go! Though, that’s going to be by ‘natural attrition’. Haha!
I suppose it all depends on if it recovers in a few years. Though, that doesn’t help people worrying and stressing until then – both public servants and local businesses etc..

bd84 11:47 pm 29 May 13

There has been public buses running to the airport a number of times, each time it’s been canned due to lack of patronage.

Sandman 7:59 pm 29 May 13

My wife’s in the public service and some of the travel she’s previously done has seemed completely useless considering the tele/video conferencing available to them. The airport is just concerned that its loosing it’s little “cost doesn’t matter,I’m not paying for it” cash cow.

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