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Gary goes in to bat for the Immigration Bridge

johnboy 16 June 2009 35

The Canberra Times reports that the local Liberal Senator Gary Humphries has put his cards on the table and come out swinging in favour of the Immigration Bridge. He’s also writing off much off the opposition as the rantings of retrograde loons.

Sadly for Gary he invokes the local equivalent of Godwin’s Law in planning debate, he raises the spectre of Walter Burley Griffin:

    Senator Humphries said he warmly welcomed the bridge, saying it filled a ”great omission” in the design of Canberra namely, a monument to migrants many of whom helped to build the national capital. He also maintained the bridge ”clearly is within the vision foreshadowed by Walter Burley Griffin”.

Even if you don’t mind poor Walter’s corpse being dragged around the city walls one more time you’ve got to admire Gary’s bravery considering where the public polling on the issue appears to be pointing.

UPDATED: The text of Senator Humphries’ speech is now online. It’s even more bang on in favour than I’d expected.


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Postalgeek Postalgeek 7:09 pm 17 Jun 09

My concern about the Immigration Mud-Watching Underlake Tube is that it may threaten several native types of lake muds. With these muds already under pressure due to feral strains of sludge originating from further up the Molonglo, it’s possible an underlake tube could spell the demise for many endangered native lake muds, including the extremely rare Wetless Mud.

peterh peterh 6:03 pm 17 Jun 09

or we could have a recreation of the first immigration vessels that the british brought here, or the vessels they were kept in prior to being transported. (I would love to visit an immigration hulk)

Granny Granny 5:27 pm 17 Jun 09

poop?

astrojax astrojax 5:21 pm 17 Jun 09

you read far too much kenneth grahame than is good for you, granny! ; )

Granny Granny 4:50 pm 17 Jun 09

Easily recreated with a few fireworks, I reckon. A rocket here, a packet of bungers there, and … oooh … speed boats! I’ve never been on a speed boat. Poop poop!

johnboy johnboy 4:48 pm 17 Jun 09

Modern pirates tend to go more for ammunition belts, rocket propelled grenades, gold teeth, and speed boats.

astrojax astrojax 4:43 pm 17 Jun 09

the pirates could rent out those paddle boats and avast those land lubbers, ahoy! [they’d look so cute, eye patches, boots and jodhpurs, cutlass in their teeth, paddling for their little lives ; )] it’d boost the foreshore economy, too, so everyone wins – except for those attacked by vicious pirates, of course…

Granny Granny 9:12 am 17 Jun 09

I like how your mind works, astro, but how about pirates too?! I understand there is a gamut of pirates to be run these days when immigrating, and besides it would be fun! I sure would visit the immigration barge!

peterh peterh 9:05 am 17 Jun 09

just put the bridge between the war memorial and the oph stretch of the lake. won’t p1ss off the sailors, paddle boat operator. may annoy the hell out of the ferry, though. Though, won’t the current proposed site annoy them already?

astrojax astrojax 8:47 am 17 Jun 09

what about an immigration barge, ferrying folk from the lennox gardens to the museum. symbolism aplenty there, too, and we could even recognise the trauma of the smuggled people by having it sink every once in a while, or having the ferry captain choose a lucky l’il tyke and chuck him overboard… tunnels are soo last millennium.

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 8:35 am 17 Jun 09

johnboy said :

Holierthanthou said :

Isn’t WBG really quite relevant to planning to Canberra, in particular this central area. Invoking Godwin’s law for something like this is what the nazis would have done if they were interbloggers.

Given that WBG was forced to resign in 1920 after his plan was effectively scrapped anyone trying to justify a plan based on his vision is, in my opinion, either extremely ignorant, or fraudulent.

I used to work in Archives many moons ago and got to look at the original WBM drawings quite a bit. While the basics are there, I’m not overly convinced the city as it was built really reflects much of WBGs vision, save the big wet bit in the middle, that is.

johnboy johnboy 8:30 am 17 Jun 09

Holierthanthou said :

Isn’t WBG really quite relevant to planning to Canberra, in particular this central area. Invoking Godwin’s law for something like this is what the nazis would have done if they were interbloggers.

Given that WBG was forced to resign in 1920 after his plan was effectively scrapped anyone trying to justify a plan based on his vision is, in my opinion, either extremely ignorant, or fraudulent.

Granny Granny 12:44 am 17 Jun 09

I personally can’t believe that they wouldn’t jump at the opportunity for an Immigration Mud-Watching Underlake Tube! Bridges are so last millenium. We could be world leaders, but noooo …. The problem with this city is that people have no vision. It’s always the same old, same old. How boring!

sepi sepi 11:06 pm 16 Jun 09

Normally you’d think you would build a bridge because you really need one, to get from A to B.

If you have to cast around for a suitable spot to put a bridge, and none comes to mind, then maybe a bridge is just not the right idea for this project to commemorate immigration.

ant ant 10:38 pm 16 Jun 09

I’m disgusted that my suggestion of an Immigration Mud-Watching Underlake Tube has not been taken up. This bridge is an utter pile of plop that will wreck a very nice bit of the lake.

If they must build a gratuitous bridge, why not stick it over the Jerra wetlands so people don’t get attacked by snakes or something?

BerraBoy68 BerraBoy68 9:38 pm 16 Jun 09

How about naming the traffic lights across Commonwealth Ave (between the Futsal Slab and Floriade) the Immigration Memorial Traffic Lights? The symbolism would be amazing.

Picture this… people crossing the the gulf between the car park to ‘the other side’ in great waves of human traffic. BUT they are only legally allowed to proceed when shown the Green Light (representing Immigration Approval). Those who proceed prior to being shown the symbolic ‘green light’ must then face the risk of being caught by the actual traffic, which represents Customs and Immigration officials.

You know it makes sense….

sepi sepi 8:20 pm 16 Jun 09

The bridge is unwanted and in the way – not a good rap for the immigrants.

GardeningGirl GardeningGirl 8:19 pm 16 Jun 09

jjoking said :

what about a bridge from the city side of the lake near where people park for floriade accross that bay to the museum, it would make it easier for people to access the museum, the current bridge seems to go from the museum to the middle of nowhere!

That makes much more sense, it would make the museum more walkable from the CBD which would be an advantage for tourists without their own transport. I’m still concerned about the visual impact of it though. I feel it needs… curves? Commonwealth and Kings Avenue bridges are the straight solid symmetrical bookend structures on either side of central basin. I feel that any other structures should be more curved and flowing and discreet and natural looking. The current plan makes no sense to me regarding it’s purpose, doesn’t appeal to me at all visually and creates problems for watercraft.

Fisho Fisho 8:04 pm 16 Jun 09

It’s a complete crock.

Practically everything built is already a testament to immigrants.

Holierthanthou Holierthanthou 7:56 pm 16 Jun 09

Isn’t WBG really quite relevant to planning to Canberra, in particular this central area. Invoking Godwin’s law for something like this is what the nazis would have done if they were interbloggers.

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