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Greens hate Lakes

By johnboy - 3 June 2011 17

One might be forgiven for thinking that the urban lakes of Canberra were universally loved.

But it turns out the Greens don’t like them and are celebrating the decision to scrimp on Molonglo and not give that development water amenity.

“The Greens have been calling on the Government to rule out a big new dam in the Molonglo Valley since the development proposal was first mooted, so we are pleased that at last there is confirmation that it won’t be happening,” Mr Rattenbury said.

“This is good news for the environment. Flooding the river corridor just to create ‘urban amenity’ for prospective purchasers in the area would have significantly altered the entire landscape – something more reminiscent of 1970’s planning.

Molonglites of the future will have to make do with a chain of ponds.

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17 Responses to
Greens hate Lakes
Gungahlin Al 8:49 am 05 Jun 11

Deref said :

Wanting to maintain a natural river corridor is the same as “hating lakes”?

That’s one looooooooooong bow.

Indeed. Prefer to avoid damming of rivers and valuable riparian corridors where easily avoidable perhaps.

And the stormwater functions will be served by the ponds, with worthwhile visual amenity from them also.

For those lamenting the 70s urban design (with much of which I agree), those days also had scant regard for the natural environment (an unruly mess that had to be hammered and dozed into obedience) and their engineers did horrible things to waterways like turning them into nice straight concrete funnels. We have learnt from such mistakes and moved on.

nobody 5:50 pm 04 Jun 11

I think we should learn how to restore a healthy ecosystem to our current city lakes, before we build any more. The government is currently investigating how to improve the water quality in Burley Griffin so it is again safe to swim in all summer. The ecosystems of all 4 lakes are not as healthy as they could be, which is difficult to achieve because of our city’s water pollutants.

JC 4:28 pm 04 Jun 11

trevar said :

How can these lakes be described as an urban amenity? An amenity is something that serves a purpose, and I really don’t think aesthetic qualities count as a purpose. Not that I object to any of our existing man-made lakes, but they just aren’t amenities. Toilet blocks are amenities; taps are amenities; street lights are amenities; roads are amenities: but lakes are recreational facilities, like playgrounds and skate parks and outdoor stages. Not that I object to any of them, my gripe is just about semantics; lakes are simply not urban amenities.

By your definition the exitsing lakes in Belconnen, Gungahlin and Tuggeranong are indeed urban amenities. Afterall each is nothing more than a toilet, which you correctly describe as urban amenities. Except for LBG the other lakes were built primarily for water control and quality, however were built with aesthetics in mind.

pynchon 3:58 pm 04 Jun 11

Martlark said :

The greens oppose any manifestation of big business. Which means anything that requires a big business to make/build it.Just another clear indication that they are more an anti-capitalist party than a real environmentalist party.

You might not like the Greens or their ideas, but that statement lacks logical rigour. Try again.

Deref 3:40 pm 04 Jun 11

John Moulis said :

Ah yes, that terrible 1970s planning. When housing blocks were big enough to allow large back and front yards, high density living was non-existent and there was ample parkland along well designed streets as well as schools and local shops.

We wouldn’t want to go back to those dark days, would we?

+1

I’m reminded of the scene in The Simpsons where Lionel Hutz, the lawyer, says “Can you imagine a world without lawers?”

Martlark 2:25 pm 04 Jun 11

The greens oppose any manifestation of big business. Which means anything that requires a big business to make/build it.Just another clear indication that they are more an anti-capitalist party than a real environmentalist party.

trevar 12:04 pm 04 Jun 11

How can these lakes be described as an urban amenity? An amenity is something that serves a purpose, and I really don’t think aesthetic qualities count as a purpose. Not that I object to any of our existing man-made lakes, but they just aren’t amenities. Toilet blocks are amenities; taps are amenities; street lights are amenities; roads are amenities: but lakes are recreational facilities, like playgrounds and skate parks and outdoor stages. Not that I object to any of them, my gripe is just about semantics; lakes are simply not urban amenities.

John Moulis 11:47 am 04 Jun 11

Ah yes, that terrible 1970s planning. When housing blocks were big enough to allow large back and front yards, high density living was non-existent and there was ample parkland along well designed streets as well as schools and local shops.

We wouldn’t want to go back to those dark days, would we?

Deref 9:43 am 04 Jun 11

Wanting to maintain a natural river corridor is the same as “hating lakes”?

That’s one looooooooooong bow.

JC 7:57 am 04 Jun 11

The greens clearly do not understand what the lakes in Belconnen, Tuggeranong and Gungahlin are there for.

welkin31 7:04 am 04 Jun 11

Imagine what they must think about the enlarged Cotter Dam.

p1 10:51 pm 03 Jun 11

While I don’t entirely disagree with the greens on this one, where is the much sort after consultation with the public that usually comes before announcing what the government was always to do anyway?

Thumper 7:45 pm 03 Jun 11

What miz said…

miz 7:08 pm 03 Jun 11

So . . . contaminated land, and now a duck pond . . .

Also, I heard on the radio today that the new urban infill rules WON’T apply to Molonglo, so I guess it’s going to be a lot like the overcrowded, less pleasant parts of Gungahlin where there is no room for a shade tree and no car parking.

Are there any reasons left why ANYONE would want to live in Molonglo? Seems it’s already been screwed up before a single brick has been laid.

zippyzippy 5:59 pm 03 Jun 11

Aw what? I thought we loved 1970s planning in Canberra!

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