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Getting rid of Jervis Bay?

By johnboy - 4 July 2011 21

The Canberra Times reports that the tiny patch of Jervis Bay administered by the Commonwealth as an addendum to the ACT (it never was much of a port) might be handed back to NSW:

A historic shake-up has been canvassed to improve services in Jervis Bay, amid concerns about a ”poor standard of housing” and challenges to deliver an adequate water supply.

Documents obtained by The Canberra Times under freedom of information laws suggest imposing NSW laws on the area considered part of the ACT was one option to improve service delivery.

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Getting rid of Jervis Bay?
creative_canberran 6:55 pm 04 Jul 11

Slight error in the original post, Jervis Bay has not been part of the ACT since self government in 1989. ACT federal electoral boundaries apply but residents have no relation to the Legislative Assembly. Residents have access to ACT Courts and and ACT law is applicable, but no more so than any other ADF member as per s61 of the Defence Force Discipline Act. Also AFP not ACT Policing have jurisdiction. So really this sounds like the Commonwealth hoping to offload some expenses onto the NSW Government.

Silveras 6:40 pm 04 Jul 11

Um. well I didn’t think a Capital could be a capital city without a port? Is this correct?

Mr Gillespie 5:04 pm 04 Jul 11

Gungahlin Al said :

*an historic…
Sheesh.

Uh-uh. We pronounce the “H” in Australian English.

“Historic” doesn’t have a silent H, unlike “hour” where the H really is silent.

mtrax 4:29 pm 04 Jul 11

yes perhaps we should annex QBN makes the same sense…

micky_c85 4:03 pm 04 Jul 11

This has been in the works for some time. The 2011 Governing the City State Report says on page 51: “Since the mid 1990’s, the ACT has indicated that legacy statutory and service arrangements do not make sense in the self government environment” and “the ACT has expressed a desire to cease all service provision to the Jervis Bay Territory”.

Classified 2:44 pm 04 Jul 11

dtc said :

“imposing NSW laws on the area considered part of the ACT was one option to improve service delivery.”

Has anyone been to NSW?

It’s a far more pragmatic place than ACT, that’s for sure.

dtc 2:36 pm 04 Jul 11

“imposing NSW laws on the area considered part of the ACT was one option to improve service delivery.”

Has anyone been to NSW?

imnotmatt 1:36 pm 04 Jul 11

Actually, Jervis Bay isn’t part of the ACT, but a separate Commonwealth territory. However, for historical reasons, ACT laws apply, and the Territory government administers aspects of the place on a fee-for-service basis.

http://www.regional.gov.au/territories/jervis_bay/governanceadministration.aspx

Gungahlin Al 1:04 pm 04 Jul 11

GBT said :

That is meant to be since historic doesn’t begin with a vowel sound.

I put it to you that the h remains largely silent and therefore it is an.
http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-anh1.htm

Back on topic, I’d be disappointed to see Jervis lost to the ACT. Then I couldn’t use my usual slag off about the Gold Coast not really being part of Queensland because it is overrun by Mexicans: “The Gold Coast is to Victoria as Jervis Bay is to the ACT.”

bitzermaloney 12:28 pm 04 Jul 11

They’ll probably do a swap for Tralee… but only after they approve the housing development.

GBT 12:10 pm 04 Jul 11

That is meant to be since historic doesn’t begin with a vowel sound.

GBT 12:08 pm 04 Jul 11

Gungahlin Al said :

*an historic…
Sheesh.

I think “an historic” is becoming archaic seeing as historic begins with a vowel sound. It is definitely less commonly used than “a historic” nowadays.

Words beginning with a vowel sound such as “an honour” are a different case.

Gungahlin Al 11:47 am 04 Jul 11

*an historic…
Sheesh.

Diggety 11:06 am 04 Jul 11

luther_bendross said :

J-Bay is a beautiful part of the country. I vote that we simply skull drag Canberra and superimpose over Jervis Bay. Gungahlin can stay here.

+1

Although I would miss the mountains.

luther_bendross 10:21 am 04 Jul 11

J-Bay is a beautiful part of the country. I vote that we simply skull drag Canberra and superimpose over Jervis Bay. Gungahlin can stay here.

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