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Greens slam Steel over support for War Memorial car park on nature reserve

Ian Bushnell 1 August 2019 49


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Greens slam Steel over support for War Memorial car park on nature reserve
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russianafroman 8:52 pm 02 Aug 19

Get it done already – bulldoze the trees, kick out the wildlife.

8:33 am 02 Aug 19

I can't see a problem with the carpark

8:31 am 02 Aug 19


7:44 am 02 Aug 19

There’s plenty of space out the front of the war memorial... why not just dig up that lush grass and smack some concrete down!.. oh that’s right, that’ll ruin the aesthetics. Better to rip down some trees and destroy the HOMES of an array of native animals instead. That’s fair right?? 🦉🦜🐨🐭🦆🐸🐢🦂🦗🐞🐌🦋🐛🐜🐍🦎

6:08 am 02 Aug 19

What can Canberrans do to stop this appalling breach? We have people power - let’s put it work and show them who’s Canberra this is and why we love it and will defend it

8:57 pm 01 Aug 19

If the ACT Greens are serious about this and other criticisms they've made about the ACT Government's direction, why don't they threaten to withdraw from the Parliamentary Agreement and give the Libs a turn?

    11:00 pm 01 Aug 19

    because the Libs don't offer credible government. They purely just operate on negative politics, no policies.

    6:58 pm 02 Aug 19

    Bernie Douglas I'm making more of an observation about tactics between coalition partners - the Greens have criticised the ALP on a number of issues but are perhaps too comfortable to exert influence in a meaningful way?

8:52 pm 01 Aug 19

Really worried about this whole project.

JC 7:03 pm 01 Aug 19

Maybe the greens need to learn what in principle support means.

HiddenDragon 6:30 pm 01 Aug 19

“It’s staggering and disappointing that the ACT Government will say they are supportive of the proposed arrangements without first undertaking any environment studies of the nature reserve,” Ms Le Couteur said.

It’s staggering and disappointing to hear that the ACT Greens could seriously be “shocked and dismayed” by anything said or done by the “Big Canberra”, development-at-any-price Government which they prop-up.

    JC 6:45 am 02 Aug 19

    Seems you missed this paragraph in your eternal goal of whinging about every government comment or decision. .

    “In an answer to a question from Opposition Leader Alistair Coe, Mr Steel said the car park had in-principle support subject to consideration of heritage and environmental impacts”

Capital Retro 5:18 pm 01 Aug 19

Canberra should set aside land to create a future Territory Memorial to our current government.

They have one in Budapest and it has become a major tourist attraction there:

3:41 pm 01 Aug 19

The war memorial extension is totally immoral- spend the money on war vets and the facility at Mitchell. So self indulgent to spend the massive amount on creating grander war memorials

    4:37 pm 01 Aug 19

    Margaret Freemantle rubbish - it’s a terrific initiative which will further establish Canberra as a place to visit and honour vets. Believe it or not Margaret.. the majority of people in Canberra want to see the ACT expand. We need more reasons for people to come and spend their money here. Bush capital rubbish doesn’t cut it

    1:35 am 02 Aug 19

    Elroy Jones get real- more “stuff” at the war memorial at an obscene cost won’t do anything for tourist numbers. Backpackers are where the money is.

    8:10 am 02 Aug 19

    Margaret Freemantle backpackers are lucky to spend 50 cents. That why they are backpackers.

    9:41 am 02 Aug 19

    Margaret Freemantle you’ve just shown how out of touch you really are. It’s not about ‘stuff’ it’s about quality. This could be Australia’s answer to the Louvre, Guggenheim or MoMa. Get out of the way and let the people who actually care about this city bring it to its potential.

    12:33 pm 02 Aug 19

    Elroy Jones No one loves Canberra more than me -we have very different visions for what makes a wonderful city

    12:35 pm 02 Aug 19

    David Jackson Not true!!! They are the rich professionals that travel the world and spend. The grey nomads dont spend nearly as much anymore-do your research

    9:36 pm 02 Aug 19

    Margaret Freemantle I think you have visions of what makes a wonderful big town. Not a city

    11:15 pm 02 Aug 19

    Elroy Jones maybe as a Canberra born and bred, you are right. It is a beautiful city, a town of 30,000 when I was born. When I drive along Flemington road, I lose sight of some of the beauty that was there. Do cities have to look like that???

2:45 pm 01 Aug 19

What the hell is happening in Canberra?

1:22 pm 01 Aug 19

Tell me it ain't so

12:31 pm 01 Aug 19

Now that there is a tram to and from Gunghalin, those excess buses could now be reassigned to pick up and return visitors to existing car parks around Canberra. This is something I saw in the US some thirty years ago. The buses had been refurbished to accommodate more wheelchairs and people with disabilities, and run on a loop, carparks are a distance away, or the buses could pick up visitors from hotels as well. These buses are free, and run on a specific loop.

Instead of creating more carparks to encourage car use, we need to keep those areas as bushland.

    2:47 pm 01 Aug 19

    Annie Wyer Excess buses? They currently don’t have enough to run the weekend timetables. I like the idea of anything that helps keep bushland, but somehow I don’t trust the planners.

    4:14 pm 01 Aug 19

    I understood that the weekend bus service problems were due to drivers not being available to cover weekend shifts. (Apparently newly recruits are undergoing training now.)

    4:19 pm 01 Aug 19

    Dorothy Broom Yes, have seen a number of people learning. L: Driver in Training.

    7:05 pm 01 Aug 19

    Annie Wyer there are no excess buses as these have been used on the new network which shock horror does actually have many more services than the old.

    2:16 am 02 Aug 19

    Excess buses, ha! There are *fewer* buses now than there were in the mid-80s, despite the massive increase in city size.

    6:41 am 02 Aug 19

    Peter Mackay that’s not true. There are about 80 more now than in the mid 80’s. But you are right that the growth has not kept up with city expansion on a per capita basis. There could be many reasons why including better utilisation.

    But ironic isn’t it the mid 80’s buses only ever went from burbs to an interchange where people had to change for another suburban bus or a 333 to the next interchange. Which is similar to the situation now that is causing so much noise.

11:58 am 01 Aug 19

We should really be revisiting the entire extension and not diminish the sacred purpose of the memorial. Why not upgrade the Mitchell annex so people who need to see the F111s do so in a more appropriate place, on cheaper real estate. AWM is not a memorial to the War Machine, it's to honour the human cost. Our grandfathers, uncles, brothers and sisters.

    4:35 pm 01 Aug 19

    Jennifer Jones You honestly think we should direct tourists out to the storage facility?? Thank the lord you won’t get your way

    4:41 pm 01 Aug 19

    Elroy Jones read the bit where i said upgrade the annex. Why not make it a display space? Its near the tram, no need for huge carparks! And the annex also won architectural awards, its hardly a shed.

    9:45 am 02 Aug 19

    Jennifer Jones it’s in Mitchell! Do you think that the curators at the Louvre would send people to the worst part of Paris to see the Mona Lisa?

    11:19 am 02 Aug 19

    If they put Mona Lisa in the worst part of Paris, people would travel to see it 😁

    8:33 pm 02 Aug 19

    Elroy Jones whilst not a war memorial as such the Smithsonian in Washington does just that for their Air and Space museum. The one in town is small and easily accessible and there is a larger one with much more on display out at the airport.

11:19 am 01 Aug 19

Perhaps Canberra should consider more underground public parking. All those outdoor carparks with no shelter are perishingly hot in summer!

10:57 am 01 Aug 19

Canberra - The concrete capital.

10:46 am 01 Aug 19

This war memorial extention is so unnecessary

Grimm 9:28 am 01 Aug 19

Why are these people who weren’t elected getting a voice in the Legaslative Assembly question time? Can anybody just turn up and do that? She is a member of the public.

David Stephens 9:12 am 01 Aug 19

That this had to come out by means of an FOI claim underlines how secretive this project has been at the ACT as well as the federal level. For background, see the campaign diary of Heritage Guardians, co-ordinating the community opposition to this unnecessary and ill-conceived project:

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