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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. 

What’s Your opinion?


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Immigration Bridge
AngryHenry 2:47 pm 04 Aug 08

Loose Brown said :

Where is the access for bicycles? There are more bicycles that use that location than pedestrians. Where is the wheelchair access? I can only see stairs at either end.

Okay I’ll bite for this one.

Wheelchair access fair enough but bicycles??? C’mon guys, you can go around to Commonwealth Avenue bridge and ride across from there it’s not that far. How’s it gonna be if people are walking across trying to read the plaques on there if bicycles are zipping past, only a metter of time before someone gets hurt then.

Cyclists have got to lose this ‘what about us’ attitutde. You’ve certainly got enough paths around the lake and your own lanes on the arterial roads. Enough already, it’s not all about you guys!!!

peterh 2:44 pm 04 Aug 08

Deano said :

A quote from the web site:

It will create a place where people can gather to experience and reflect upon the makings of our diverse nation.

Have any of these people ever been out on Lake Burly Griffin? For six months of the year its frequently shrouded in fog and freezing cold. For much of the other time it is blowing a gale or stinking hot (emphasis on the stinking).

Immigration Bridge Australia will be one of the most spectacular and beautiful bridges ever conceived in Australia, deserving of world recognition. The Bridge will be imaginative and inspiring, a national monument in conception, design, construction and function.

Compared to say the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Story Bridge in Brisbane? Hell, even the Tharwa Bridge has more claim to fame than this one. And it is being designed by a committee of people from outside Canberra – hence the idea of having solar cells on the roof! Do bridges even have roofs?

…elegant and unobtrusive design sympathetically frames the lakeside environment and its surrounds, in particular Canberra’s Brindabella Mountain Ranges.

So its going to be unobtrusive but also frame the Brindabellas?

The sheer size of the roof will be a spectacular architectural showcase

Doesn’t sound that unobtrusive.

And if this is the a national monument honouring the contributions that migrants have made to Australia, what the hell is the Welcome Wall ( http://www.anmm.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=404 ) for then?

just waiting for the ferry to cut it in two, or the sailing club to hit it en masse.

Loose Brown 2:18 pm 04 Aug 08

I’m not a NIMBY. I want the bridge, I reckon it looks great.

But form should follow function – whack a ramp at either end and a dividing line down the middle.

Deano 2:00 pm 04 Aug 08

A quote from the web site:

It will create a place where people can gather to experience and reflect upon the makings of our diverse nation.

Have any of these people ever been out on Lake Burly Griffin? For six months of the year its frequently shrouded in fog and freezing cold. For much of the other time it is blowing a gale or stinking hot (emphasis on the stinking).

Immigration Bridge Australia will be one of the most spectacular and beautiful bridges ever conceived in Australia, deserving of world recognition. The Bridge will be imaginative and inspiring, a national monument in conception, design, construction and function.

Compared to say the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Story Bridge in Brisbane? Hell, even the Tharwa Bridge has more claim to fame than this one. And it is being designed by a committee of people from outside Canberra – hence the idea of having solar cells on the roof! Do bridges even have roofs?

…elegant and unobtrusive design sympathetically frames the lakeside environment and its surrounds, in particular Canberra’s Brindabella Mountain Ranges.

So its going to be unobtrusive but also frame the Brindabellas?

The sheer size of the roof will be a spectacular architectural showcase

Doesn’t sound that unobtrusive.

And if this is the a national monument honouring the contributions that migrants have made to Australia, what the hell is the Welcome Wall ( http://www.anmm.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=404 ) for then?

Loose Brown 2:00 pm 04 Aug 08

It looks good to me – but I want to ride my bike over it or use it for a short cuts.

Solar panels but no bicycle ramp?!?

Whatsup 1:55 pm 04 Aug 08

This is just a “me too” effort by Canberra.

There is already a “Welcome Wall” at Darling Harbour in Sydney, which ‘honors the achievement of migrants’. You can pay to have names included on the wall and a database is being created to ensure the stories of the people are captured. The website is here http://www.anmm.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=404

Crikey 1:53 pm 04 Aug 08

Looks pretty good to me.

Loose Brown 1:33 pm 04 Aug 08

Where is the access for bicycles? There are more bicycles that use that location than pedestrians. Where is the wheelchair access? I can only see stairs at either end.

Mick 1:22 pm 04 Aug 08

I am sure the payments for being on the handrail are partly funding it, which is fair enough..

My family bought a place on the handrail for my grandmother and late grandfather as a birthday present.

I think it’s kinda nice.

jakez 1:13 pm 04 Aug 08

Is this bridge fully funded by voluntary private enterprise/estimated revenue from the name plaques?

If so, that gives me a very warm fuzzy feeling.

peterh 12:38 pm 04 Aug 08

AngryHenry said :

johnboy said :

Growling Ferret said :

How many people actually walk from the Hyatt to the Museum anyway?

Well very few right now… the path’s a bit damp.

Hahahah!!! Nice one Johnboy!

How many people swim in the lake? Maybe we should fill that in while we’re at it.

I know a few immigrants in the concreteing business…

just drain the lake. then we can see who has tried….

AngryHenry 12:16 pm 04 Aug 08

johnboy said :

Growling Ferret said :

How many people actually walk from the Hyatt to the Museum anyway?

Well very few right now… the path’s a bit damp.

Hahahah!!! Nice one Johnboy!

How many people swim in the lake? Maybe we should fill that in while we’re at it.

I know a few immigrants in the concreteing business…

johnboy 12:06 pm 04 Aug 08

Growling Ferret said :

How many people actually walk from the Hyatt to the Museum anyway?

Well very few right now… the path’s a bit damp.

Growling Ferret 12:02 pm 04 Aug 08

Its as pointless as the Springfield Monorail.

How many people actually walk from the Hyatt to the Museum anyway?

AngryHenry 12:00 pm 04 Aug 08

That’s because the sponsors are paying for it. There’s no such thing as a free lunch.

It may be much ado about nothing for you but to some it means a helluva lot.

For example I have a friend who’s grandparents immigrated here and they want to be a part of it, and that is something that is going to be there after they are long gone.

I think that’s kinda nice. Certainly better than a pointless hunk of steel on the GDE.

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