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Immigration Bridge

By iCanberran 4 August 2008 32

The website is up, the TV ads are running and they’re waiting to take your calls.

The Immigration Bridge is full steam ahead. 

Is it just me though or is this much to do about nothing. The bridge would seem to be a bit of an imposing structure which doesn’t fit in with any other architecture in Canberra. It just seems to be a project run by politicians and rich business men who want a warm fuzzy feeling inside knowing that they’re part of a “national community project”. One look at the website shows just how shallow this project is.

At www.immigrationbridge.com.au, you can ready the official poem for the bridge, look at the list of Honorary Ambassadors and even buy a place on the handrail.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for recognising the valuable contribution immigration has made to building the country we have today and the continued benefit immigration has. However, the bridge itself looks terrible and the website spends more time hyping the bridge and the sponsors than actually talking about immigrants. 

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meta 11:59 am 05 Aug 09

The “immigration bridge” is one of the stupidest ideas invented. By all means build a footbridge if you (?) wish but why make it a vehicle for some peoples delusions of grandeur? Who qualifies as an immigrant anyhow? I am a post WW2 immigrant but I would not scratch my name on it even if I was paid to do it let alone pay for it myself.

AngryHenry 3:10 pm 05 Aug 08

Loose Brown said :

Angry Henry – it’s six metres wide. That’s more than double the existing pedestrian width of the Commonwealth Ave Bridge.

And what do you mean ‘not all about you guys?’ Who are you referring to? Yes I ride my bike around for transport – so yes, I would like the option of riding over this bridge. No I am not part of some cyclist conspiracy. I am a member of the community and this bridge is meant to be a ‘community project’.

Besides – it appears as though it has no wheelchair access and this will be required, full stop. This means bikes will be able to ride on it – so suck the fat one.

Loose Brown,

Is that really necessary? By ‘it’s not all about you guys’ I do mean the cyclists who feel the need to lobby amost every initiative put forward and use it as a platform to voice whatever greivance/opinion they may be on about this month.

I ride my bike too buddy, but I couldn’t give a stuff if I get to ride across this bridge or not.

And what do you mean ‘suck the fat one’? Which ‘fat one’ are you referring to? Yes I have a fat one – and yes on occaison I would like the option to have it sucked? No I am not a member of some ‘fat one’ sucking conspiracy group. I am also a member of the community – one who tries to employ some kind of originality and wit if he’s going to have the balls to insult someone, but in this case I’ll make an exception – grow up d*ckhead!

I almost took your point as valid but you lost me at the end.

Granny 2:21 pm 05 Aug 08

Regardless of who builds it, the anti-discrimination legislation should apply … surely. It is also just plain ‘the right thing to do’, and would certainly be convenient for parents with prams.

Loose Brown 1:20 pm 05 Aug 08

Pandy said :

If cyclist want to build a bridge then they can raise their own subscriptions for a bridge or tunnel.

And the cycle paths on Commonwealth Ave Bridge and Kings Ave can be closed to pedestrians.

Loose Brown 1:16 pm 05 Aug 08

Angry Henry – it’s six metres wide. That’s more than double the existing pedestrian width of the Commonwealth Ave Bridge.

And what do you mean ‘not all about you guys?’ Who are you referring to? Yes I ride my bike around for transport – so yes, I would like the option of riding over this bridge. No I am not part of some cyclist conspiracy. I am a member of the community and this bridge is meant to be a ‘community project’.

Besides – it appears as though it has no wheelchair access and this will be required, full stop. This means bikes will be able to ride on it – so suck the fat one.

Granny 12:07 pm 05 Aug 08

Pandy said :

Its not a publically funded bridge.

Oh…. *very small wide-mouthed frog vowel sound*

AngryHenry 10:30 am 05 Aug 08

Proud Local said :

AngryHenry, given that more cyclists will use this bridge on a daily basis then pedestrians will I think they should be taken into consideration. Traveling from Belco to Woden via the new bridge as oppposed to Cmwth avenue will save a good 5 minutes. Car drivers get excited over two minute time savings and all they need to do is sit on their butts and lightly push pedals in their air conditioned comfort.

Given that the bridge is to celebrate immigration and has things on it that people will stop and look at it, probably not the best idea to run bikes on there because of the potential of wiping pedestrians out.

Like I said, it’s not all about you guys.

I’d even go so far as to suggest that given you are cycling from Belco to Woden another five minutes is the least of your concerns.

Pandy 7:56 am 05 Aug 08

Its not a publically funded bridge.

Granny 12:17 am 05 Aug 08

Of course it should have wheelchair access. They will realise that after a person with a disability complains to HREOC and they will have to do a GDE on the thing and waste more public money doing what they should have done in the first place.

Aeek 12:07 am 05 Aug 08

If it has accessible ramps then someone is sure to try and drive over it!

Pandy 9:17 pm 04 Aug 08

But I don’t like her music.

heinous 6:50 pm 04 Aug 08

Correct me if I am wrong but there was once a bridge at the same location that stood for over 50 years. The name of the bridge was Lennox Crossing. Why make a new name up for the bridge when we already have a perfectly good one.

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