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GDE two months early or seven years late? [With poll]

By johnboy - 11 August 2011 44

The hawk-like Alistair Coe has plunged upon a tweet by Simon Corbell boasting that the mid October finish date for the Gungahlin Drive Extension will be two and a half months ahead of schedule.

“It’s startling, given that ACT Labor promised to build the road for $53 million in 2001, to be completed by 2004,” Mr Coe said.

“This is a clear attempt from ACT Labor to rewrite history and lessen the negativity surrounding this iconic failure.

“Simon Corbells promise comes from the same government which opened a two lane road in 2008, despite being advised to initially build four lanes.

“This is the same government which also declared that duplication was ‘not on the books at all and any such plan would be five to ten years away’ (Canberra Times, 12/3/2008).

“In the lead-up to the 2008 election, ACT Labor announced it would finally duplicate the road at an extra cost of $86.6 million, in response to an election promise from the Canberra Liberals to duplicate it.

“The total time since ACT Labor’s first announcement of the road is 10 years and counting. The project is $150 million over the original budget and seven years late.

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GDE two months early or seven years late? [With poll]
alaninoz 5:22 pm 11 Aug 11

John Moulis said :

alaninoz said :

Would have been quicker and a damn sight cheaper if they’d done it right the first time. A lot less inconvenience too.

They would have been able to “do it right first time and cheaper” if that selfish group of urban greenies called Save O’Connor Ridge and other conservationists hadn’t delayed the project by two years with legal action.

Money earmarked for the project had to be diverted into defending the project in court and by the time the scumbags had the case thrown out and the road could proceed there was only enough money left to build a single lane road.

So the blame for the GDE turning into an expensive and long overdue schemozzle can’t be sheeted home to politicians but stupid, opportunistic green scum.

I agree that the nimbys and greenies didn’t help but it’s not all their faults. Hard though it may be to believe, even lawyers are cheaper than roads.

Primal 5:09 pm 11 Aug 11

I’ll happily vote them out, just as soon as the other lot start looking like a competent alternative government.

(which would take longer – GDE or opposition competence?)

Thoroughly Smashed 5:04 pm 11 Aug 11

“The total time since ACT Labor’s first announcement of the road is 10 years and counting. The project is $150 million over the original budget and seven years late.”

Actually, no. It’s two separate projects; you can’t claim that the original budget was ever intended to stretch up to now an expect to be taken seriously. You’re going to have to try a bit harder Alistair.

p1 4:52 pm 11 Aug 11

I’m a little worried about the loss of jobs associated with the finishing of this project.

The one guy who has been working on it will be out of a job.

RedDogInCan 4:44 pm 11 Aug 11

It would have been a lot less inconvenient if they had built it the same way as most major roads in Tuggeranong where they first built one complete set of lanes, say the northbound ones, and then built the other set of lanes when needed. Instead, they half built both sets of lanes and then ripped most of them up again causing lots of disruption to everyone.

patrick_keogh 4:44 pm 11 Aug 11

John Moulis said :

alaninoz said :

Would have been quicker and a damn sight cheaper if they’d done it right the first time. A lot less inconvenience too.

They would have been able to “do it right first time and cheaper” if that selfish group of urban greenies called Save O’Connor Ridge and other conservationists hadn’t delayed the project by two years with legal action.

Money earmarked for the project had to be diverted into defending the project in court and by the time the scumbags had the case thrown out and the road could proceed there was only enough money left to build a single lane road.

So the blame for the GDE turning into an expensive and long overdue schemozzle can’t be sheeted home to politicians but stupid, opportunistic green scum.

John, don’t forget the other major culprit in this exercise which was the Liberal federal government, who just to be bloody minded forced the GDE down the most expensive route claiming that the noise/pollution would be unacceptable for AIS athletes. The road would have been much cheaper on the original alignment and so it is more likely that a four lane road could have been afforded.

Actually to call the Save the Ridge people “greenies” is a misnomer. The ridge that they fought so long and hard to protect had been a garbage dump when I first moved to Canberra. They were not greenies, they were nimbys. My least favourite feral animal.

shirty_bear 4:40 pm 11 Aug 11

switch said :

I just don’t understand how they got it so wrong. You’d think it just so bloody obvious to do it right first time when all the equipment was there in place.

+1

what_the 4:38 pm 11 Aug 11

Bluey said :

John Moulis said :

alaninoz said :

Would have been quicker and a damn sight cheaper if they’d done it right the first time. A lot less inconvenience too.

So the blame for the GDE turning into an expensive and long overdue schemozzle can’t be sheeted home to politicians but stupid, opportunistic green scum.

“there will be no carbon tax under any gvt I lead” oh wait…. typical Labor lies.

.

Urgh, getting tired of this partisan crap – Never Ever GST, Rolled Gold Iron Clad Medicare Safety Net – typical Liberal lies (see how stupid it partisan crap sounds when it’s completely hypocritical?) Please, dont lower yourself by pretending Liberals have never told any lies.

This issue isn’t about lies, it’s about incompetence.

The Frots 4:33 pm 11 Aug 11

what_the said :

As if they’re even going to finish by October judging by the current amount of work going on. I took a drive past the Belconnen way turn off and was amazed at the work still to be done, felt sorry for you poor Gunghalin buggers!

Any idiot could have told you that it had to be AT LEAST a 4 lane road. Monumental stuff up and yep, definitely a lame attempt to re-write history. Vote changer for me.

Yep – the blame sits squarely with Stanhope and Corbell. They were advised that one single lane wasn’t enough – but hey, what the hell. We still have that extraordinary ‘penis’ at Belconnen Way don’t we!

Bluey 4:14 pm 11 Aug 11

John Moulis said :

alaninoz said :

Would have been quicker and a damn sight cheaper if they’d done it right the first time. A lot less inconvenience too.

So the blame for the GDE turning into an expensive and long overdue schemozzle can’t be sheeted home to politicians but stupid, opportunistic green scum.

The issue is, they said it would remain a single lane for 5 or 10 years than a year later announced it would be duplicated in a knee jerk reaction to the Libs saying they would do it.

“there will be no carbon tax under any gvt I lead” oh wait…. typical Labor lies.

They shouldve pulled their finger out and done it properly the first time, they obviously pulled the money from SOMEWHERE to get the duplication going so soon after completion.

To think of the thousands of hours of peoples lives wasted on that carpark of a road, the tonnes of carbon emitted from cars going no where and the general stress put on every single gungahlin commuter because of that road.

Never again. Vote them out.

what_the 3:53 pm 11 Aug 11

As if they’re even going to finish by October judging by the current amount of work going on. I took a drive past the Belconnen way turn off and was amazed at the work still to be done, felt sorry for you poor Gunghalin buggers!

Any idiot could have told you that it had to be AT LEAST a 4 lane road. Monumental stuff up and yep, definitely a lame attempt to re-write history. Vote changer for me.

switch 3:45 pm 11 Aug 11

I just don’t understand how they got it so wrong. You’d think it just so bloody obvious to do it right first time when all the equipment was there in place.

John Moulis 3:44 pm 11 Aug 11

alaninoz said :

Would have been quicker and a damn sight cheaper if they’d done it right the first time. A lot less inconvenience too.

They would have been able to “do it right first time and cheaper” if that selfish group of urban greenies called Save O’Connor Ridge and other conservationists hadn’t delayed the project by two years with legal action.

Money earmarked for the project had to be diverted into defending the project in court and by the time the scumbags had the case thrown out and the road could proceed there was only enough money left to build a single lane road.

So the blame for the GDE turning into an expensive and long overdue schemozzle can’t be sheeted home to politicians but stupid, opportunistic green scum.

alaninoz 3:31 pm 11 Aug 11

Would have been quicker and a damn sight cheaper if they’d done it right the first time. A lot less inconvenience too.

ABC129 3:28 pm 11 Aug 11

Option C: Don’t care, just finish the damn thing.

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