Hibberson St Mall?

gomer 21 May 2009 30

I just heard on channel 7 this morning that the govt may turn Hibberson street, Gungahlin into a mall.

Do any RA readers know anything about this?

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30 Responses to Hibberson St Mall?
Granny Granny 11:13 pm 21 May 09

Oh, c’mon! We’ve had no facilities forever.

Ceej1973 Ceej1973 10:26 pm 21 May 09

Whoopty doo. If it is true, then its just another example of Gungahlin getting all the infrastructure, while the rest of developing areas around Canberra miss out, contrary to budget and election promises.Now where do I start. Roads,education, public transport, a new semi emergency medical centre, shopping complexes, the list goes on when you have the largest growing population, other regions simply miss out, or in the case of Lanyon and the Tharwa Bridge, shut down because money is channelled where the votes are. Tharwa Drive duplication is a fine example. Its well known that funds promissed for this road were re-directed to GDE, year after year. Getting pretty sick of hearing about the Gungahlin (AKA ACT) Budget, year after year!

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 8:34 pm 21 May 09

Now have a copy of the Chronicle article posted on our website: http://www.gcc.asn.au/News/Planning-development/no-mall.html
Seems it was a bit more than just the headline that misread the meaning of a ‘shared zone’.

TP 3000 TP 3000 8:29 pm 21 May 09

bigfeet said :

I just assumed they let the kids on work-experience throw coloured darts at a map.

Close, but all the politicians have a drawing session after each sitting. These pictures are given to Mr Developer, who makes them into a suburb. Katy Gallagher usually gets the star sticker on her picture, while Brendan Symth’s pictures are just squiggles. So Brendan usually calls Katy names like poo poo head, political spin doctors turn it into something else.

bigfeet bigfeet 8:03 pm 21 May 09

Steady Eddie said :

By turning it into a major thoroughfare our planners really stuffed up big time and must now wear the consequences.

Planners? Really? There are actually people responsible for planning the way the Territory is being developed?

I just assumed they let the kids on work-experience throw coloured darts at a map.

Granny Granny 6:54 pm 21 May 09

gomer said :

So it’s a load of shit then.

Well, I wouldn’t have put it quite that way, but basically … yes!

gomer gomer 6:43 pm 21 May 09

So it’s a load of shit then. OK….

Still I wouldn’t have minded a mall except for the expensive security issues, cameras everywhere and 24hr police presence.
On the other hand if I were to organize a car cruise (not that I ever have or plan to) the current road would work pretty well. No point cruising unless there’s someone to watch/listen. hmmmm

Granny Granny 6:23 pm 21 May 09

Not at all, PM! Not at all!


PM PM 6:17 pm 21 May 09

Granny said :

I think you were very restrained not to inform him of his little problem ….

That driver wouldn’t be a good networker…

Granny Granny 6:16 pm 21 May 09

Mimiboo, I feel your pain!!

: P

I can never figure out why people even bother driving down Hibberson St. It takes forever to get through. You’d just about have to hold a gun to my head to get me to go that way.

I think you were very restrained not to inform him of his little problem ….

Mimiboo Mimiboo 6:07 pm 21 May 09

Granny said :

The traffic is stressful as you’ve got very impatient drivers banked up at the crossings, or trying to make right hand turns, crossings that don’t look like ordinary crossings, a playground stuck in the middle of two busy crossroads, and the fumes from the passing traffic ruining your skinny muggacino.

Here’s my vent, but from a different angle: One time I was having coffee on Hibberson St, when some tool in his car was playing dance music at full volume. Unfortunately he was waiting for pedestrians to cross (Sat morn – one of the busiest times) and the constant “duf duf” was driving me insane! I mean, I like dance music, but the sound coming out of his car was mainly vibrating metal with bass – urgh! He thought he was a stud – everyone else thought he had small penis syndrome.

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 4:48 pm 21 May 09


Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 4:48 pm 21 May 09

I’ve discussed the matter with the town centre planning study rep at ACTPLA and he said it likely came from an article in the Chronicle.
(The Chronicle doesn’t get delivered to all of Harrison, which is a point of stupidity I have taken up with CT people, but is why i haven’t seen the article.)
He said the headline incorrectly talked about a mall, whereas the article content was correct.

Jess from the Chronicle who attended the meeting and wrote the article is well aware of the situation, so I assume it is an “attack of the subeditor” problem.

On Flemington Road TP3000, the old map on the cover of this old GunSmoke issue clearly has the town centre in its current local, and the various grassland reserves in place, yet Flemington Road connects through to Anthony Rolfe Drive, not the town centre. I think this map dated around a decade ago, but obviously someone thought they knew better and we are now paying the price.

Granny Granny 3:31 pm 21 May 09

I’m quite open-minded about bollards though. I don’t see a need to get all barrierist about this, frankly.

: D

PM PM 2:49 pm 21 May 09

I reckon the RA should take over the planning of this city!

caf caf 2:47 pm 21 May 09

Err, I mean Canberrans prefer bollards!

caf caf 2:47 pm 21 May 09
sepi sepi 2:41 pm 21 May 09

A pedestrian mall would be lovely – how about a daytime mall and nightime thru traffic. they could block it with a boomgate during the day.

I really like the outdoor shops there too, much nicer than the canberra centre. They just need a bit more parking.

Granny Granny 2:37 pm 21 May 09

Well, that sounds lovely, yes! I’ll put the frag grenades away then, shall I?

; )

caf caf 2:33 pm 21 May 09

Granny, the kind of “mall” they’re talking about is in the sense of Melbourne’s “Burke St Mall” – ie a paved outdoor pedestrian-only area like Garema Place.

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