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Giving in over Molonglo

By johnboy - 30 July 2008 23

The Canberra Times informs us of another colossal backflip from the ACT Government, now ackowleding that the NCA’s plans for Molonglo are the way to go.

    “Three parcels of land were to be developed at Central Molonglo, North Western and Molonglo.

    Only two parcels will now proceed, with Central Molonglo – 560ha of yellow box-red gum grassy woodlands – taken off the plans.

    The ACT Planning and Land Authority wanted a 20-year development moratorium on Central Molonglo, while the NCA wanted it off the plan altogether.”

Is it just me or was this a monumentally pissy argument to have and then lose?

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23 Responses to
Giving in over Molonglo
smokey4 10:39 am 31 Jul 08

Lack of water resources will force a greater population density. They can plan as much as they want with an election in the wind but it does not mean it will translate into reality.

Thumper 10:28 am 31 Jul 08

Yeah, point taken.

I just reckon they could be doing a lot more with the dodgy flats that fill up the Braddon, Dickson, Lyneham part.

johnboy 10:00 am 31 Jul 08

I’m not sure they could infill civic much faster if they tried.

In fact I reckon they are trying and what you’re seeing right now is full speed ahead.

Extra housing tracts are “All that AND a bag of chips”

Thumper 9:58 am 31 Jul 08

Actually, Mr Evil does have a point. Look at all the under utilised space in and around the city, such as Northbourne Avenue.

We’ve already seen what a disaster Gungahlin and Dunlop have become with their skinny streets and a pack them mentality. Can Canberra afford another urban sprawl sort of development like that?

Thumper 9:55 am 31 Jul 08


nope 😉

Mr Evil 9:53 am 31 Jul 08

Although I haven’t seen how much land this rules out for development, I actually think this will be a good thing as it might just stop the ACT Govt building another mini Dunlop/Gungahlin Boganvillaville.

I seriously think the ACT Govt should be looking at using more of the land near Civic and the other town centres a bit better and build more medium/high density apartment type housing in those areas, rather than spreading the city willy-nilly across the ACT.

I mean, how much would the land be worth underneath those guvvie flats behind the Canberra Centre along Bunda(?) and Ainslie Ave – not to mention all along Northbourne Ave too?

johnboy 9:47 am 31 Jul 08

All that national park isn’t bushland enough for you?

Thumper 9:46 am 31 Jul 08

I rather they left it all as bushland….

neanderthalsis 9:37 am 31 Jul 08

I guess housing developments are a bit of a lose – lose situation. On one hand you have those who clamour for more land releases and cheaper housing and then there are those who go berko when you announce you might have to cut down a few trees and mow the grass in order to build a new estate.

caf 9:13 am 31 Jul 08

bloody meddlesome NCA.

Thumper 8:20 am 31 Jul 08

Now is not a good time to piss off the proles…

lionelvioletguyandsl 1:59 am 31 Jul 08

No rare moths, then?

Granny 1:44 am 31 Jul 08

I wonder if that ‘core’ and ‘non-core’ thing would work on my kids….

Jonathon Reynolds 1:10 am 31 Jul 08

Granny said :

If worst comes to worst they can always reverse backflip to their real position after the election.

“Once we get in, we’ll just change it all.”

Prophetic words attributed to Peter Garrett from the 2007 Federal Election campaign that actually describe the real intentions of just about all political parties. The amount of time to backflip just depends on whether they are core or non-core promises.

Granny 12:39 am 31 Jul 08

The government is just being very sensitive and new age and consultative right now so people can get to know their soft, fuzzy, feminine side. If worst comes to worst they can always reverse backflip to their real position after the election.

“So I hear what you’re saying is you’d really like us not to develop that 560ha of yellow box-red gum grassy woodlands ever….”

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