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GDE and Jerrabomberra Hilton to blame for road decay?

johnboy 19 September 2006 50

Bill Stefaniak has been out for a drive with Steve Pratt and they’ve put out a media release decrying the ongoing decay of our once fine roads.

Bill and Steve blame a failure to draft a replacement to the five year road plan which ended last year, also the poorly contained costs of the Gungahlin Drive Extension, and finally the money being spent building the new prison (floridly described as the “Jerrabomberra Hilton”), for why there isn’t cash to fix the holed and pitted surfaces of Canberra’s roads.

(These are all good points but as Bill and Steve want to lock more people up wouldn’t it be best to stop paying a fortune to NSW to house them?)

In any event I can’t see it getting better until the car hating cyclists are purged from the ACT’s transport bureaucracy. Increasingly bad roads actually work towards the policy goals of the Stanhope Government as near as I can understand them.


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Absent Diane 11:35 am 21 Sep 06

get breast job done and I am sure the job is yours

Thumper 11:18 am 21 Sep 06

Yes, I’m a hopeless typist….

and even worse at editing

Maybe I should apply for Naomi’s job?

barking toad 11:13 am 21 Sep 06

Probably cos he doesn’t want to be punched in the mud button while enjoying his 5 star room with plasma TV in the mayor’s politically correct facility.

simto 11:07 am 21 Sep 06

Describing prisoner accomodation as “five star” is usually the domain of tabloid ratbags, a la the telegraph or Today Tonight. Yes, it is expensive to retain a prisoner, oddly enough because you need to apply a lot of expensive security. But if you think it’s five star luxury, then why not rob a bank?

Thumper 10:45 am 21 Sep 06

Caf,

What?

caf 10:35 am 21 Sep 06

Thumper: “five star accomodfation for our prisioners “?? Are you applying for a job on Today Tonight?

Thumper 8:06 am 21 Sep 06

Geez, now I wish I could cook something more that cheese on toast or chilli rice stuff…

shauno 12:52 am 21 Sep 06

“I now get to work at 0730 – leave at 1530 – get paid 44k for 38 hours p/w.
Most I got in hospitality was about 38k for up to 70 hrs a week.”

Ha Danman plenty of jobs in the Oil Gas sector. $110,000 a year for Chefs offshore on the North West shelf fly in fly out 4 weeks. Can still live in your beloved Canberra and have a leisurely 6 months off per year.

vancouver 7:27 pm 20 Sep 06

It never ceases to entertain me that the Liberals complain when the government tries to raise money through various means, and then also complain when the government either doesn’t spend it on areaS deemed to be important to the Liberals or spends it on areas deemed to be unimportant to the Liberals. The interesting thing is that the Liberal Party never suggests other means of either raising or saving money. It’s great being in opposition – you have the freedom to criticise and the lack of responsibility for finding an answer.

KaneO 7:20 pm 20 Sep 06

Gotta agree with JB’s assessment of onroad cycle lanes, in that pedalpushing beaurecrats have made a mess of our roads.They are unneccessary and will ultimately result in the deaths of cyclists.
Not that there is anything too bad about the state of our roads, apart from the ones that have been recently repaved and are already disintegrating.

cranky 6:35 pm 20 Sep 06

The insidious winding back of amenity to motorists in the ACT is demonstrated beautifully by the traffic lights installed at the gate to the Jerra Hilton, This is a bare block of land, with access via a locked gate. Do we really need to fork out for this (fully operational) infrastructure, with its additional ‘early warning system’ and 80K limit, to access a locked gate??!! Just who the hell is given the right to decide that this measure, inconveniencing many, many motorists, is in the best interests of the ACT? Is this twit able to be second guessed? Hargreaves, are you there?

andy 4:28 pm 20 Sep 06

don’t even start on the roads out to the airport….

Unbeliever 3:12 pm 20 Sep 06

Seepi, don’t take this the wrong way, but if the politics (local/national/international) of recent years have illustrated anything is that citizens have jackshit rights to anything, less those pushing the agenda feel that upholding and for that matter denying a right will further their political careers. Legislated rights are incredibly vulnerable and common law rights in this country can just be legislated away.

seepi 2:56 pm 20 Sep 06

As citizens don’t we have the right to ask our govt for things like decent roads? In Germany the roads are in perfect condition – even in the little hick towns.

James-T-Kirk 1:33 pm 20 Sep 06

Mr_Shab
“Yet again JTK weighs in to demonstrate his superiority ‘cause he doesn’t work for the government. I bow before your private-enterprisiness and admit the failings of all my ilk. Sure, every pube fits the cardigan-wearing stereotype.”

A couple of points:

1 – I wear a cardigan – I like to wear it, as it is comfortable. I don’t wear a tie, except on the *rare* occasion where I really have to. Occasionally, I wear Jeans, and very occasionally, a suit.

2 – I arrive at work at about 9.15am, and leave at about 4pm. Sure I do the occasional Saturday, or night work when it is required, but I certainly don’t spend my life in pissing contests (Except when it comes to stirring up the Riot ACT).

3 – I have spent *many* years in Government, and in the end of private industry where things are set by somebody else. While I did enjoy it, I realised that working 80 hours per week doing Government IT for about $70K was shit! There was the constant threat that my job would be outsourced, and there were *many* pissing contests. Doing 90 hours/week was also not worth it.

4 – I hope that I am not superior. My intentions are to cause disharmony with the thinking group – I want people to think about *why* they work. Whether they enjoy their job, and What they are doing. If they decide that they don’t enjoy what they do, they should do something else. Sometimes starting a company is all that is needed. But do something, don’t complain.

5 – I genuinely believe that there are public servants who are worth something. I also know ofr a fact that there are people who are not worth the oxygen they are wasting, simply based on the additional workload we have to put in to fix their mistakes. (Perhaps we will call them Ministers)

6 – The MOST IMPORTANT THING OF ALL IS NOT TO COMPLAIN – DO SOMETHING USEFULL.

VYBerlinaV8 1:20 pm 20 Sep 06

“Some of us choose to work for the government because we don’t want to work in an environment where an 8-hour day is an aberration and evidence of a “lack of drive”. My drive (if you will) is to do my job properly without spending 14 hours a day engaged in a pissing contest about “who can stay the longest”.”

Hate to burst the bubble, but there are private sector jobs in this town where you work 40-45 hours per week, and make upwards of 100k. Perhaps it has something to do with accountability?

simto 1:12 pm 20 Sep 06

I’m highly amused by JB’s confidence in the government. You actually beleive if the current mob were paying more attention to local affairs, they’d manage them better? Judging by their approach when they go on national frolics (half-arsed, brainless and guaranteed to antagonise), we’re bloody lucky they’re not

I’d also point out that having a prison locally does mean that we might get a chance of getting a few more people imprisoned – when a judge is making a judgement call whether to impose a custodial sentance or not, one of the considerations is going to be how hard it’s going to be for their family to visit them. A prisoner is far more likely to be drawn into bad behaviour if they don’t have something to expect when they get outside again.

Now, I know there are a fair few enthusiasts for the “chuck ’em up against a wall and shoot ’em” method of justice, but if you’re going to believe in a prison system, you may as well try to work things so that that people who come out of it aren’t likely to reoffend immediately.

Maelinar 12:48 pm 20 Sep 06

They could also point to the fact that they have had to put in roads, sewerage, power and all of those other urban niceities to the Airport on behalf of the Federal Government who decided it would be nice to put a shopping precinct out near where the ACT Government was putting one anyway. ACT coffers had to come up with the goods, and our roads are suffering for it.

But since voting labour in Canberra will never deliver a labour federal government there’s not a lot we can do about it really.

Danman 12:11 pm 20 Sep 06

I worked as a chef in the private sector for 7 years.
Most people have heard my (and other RA ex chef posters) rants RE Hospitality and private sector.

I now have a “Guvvie” job I love it.

I get regular annual leave – can have sick days – get public holidays off AND PAID FOR and get weekends off.

When I was a chef Annual leave was just a bonus you got on completion of your tenure at a certain restaraunt. Sick days also just meant that you were going to have a shit day at work. As wrong as it is – most kitchens are understaffed so having a sick day is paramount to asking to be sacked. Bad – but its teh way it is.

I now get to work at 0730 – leave at 1530 – get paid 44k for 38 hours p/w.
Most I got in hospitality was about 38k for up to 70 hrs a week.

Growling Ferret 11:54 am 20 Sep 06

As you would be well aware, its not just local govt that answers constituents questions with vague, non-committal answers!

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