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Katie Gallagher betrays Aranda on GDE 80kph

By I-filed - 3 November 2011 72

Katie Gallagher made an extraordinary statement on 666 this morning, in the course of a discussion of discontent about the 80km speed limit on the GDE.

Katie made it clear that she thinks 80kph is too low. When it was pointed out by the 666 presenter that the ACT Government had made a commitment to Aranda residents to keep the speed to 80 to avoid excessive traffic noise, this is what the Chief Minister said – verbatim: “Now that we have delivered on our commitment to the residents of Aranda to keep the speed limit to 80, the traffic authority will review the speed limit”.

In other words, don’t EVER trust any commitment an ACT Labor government makes.

I’m still bewildered at how Katie can claim that her government has “delivered” on the promise if they then immediately renege on it.

I’d also like to point out that the environmental impact of cars travelling at 100 kph is much higher than at 80. The Greens should intervene both because of the betrayal of Aranda residents, and on environmental grounds.

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Katie Gallagher betrays Aranda on GDE 80kph
Classified 12:09 pm 03 Nov 11

It’d be far more effective to target noisy vehicles (motorbikes without mufflers, modified cars with noisy exhaust, etc) that to try to make everyone drive more slowly.

Growling Ferret 12:04 pm 03 Nov 11

Time to install a helipad at Calvary so the precious residents of Aranda share some noise with residents of Garran and Woden.

Pathetic whingers

RedDogInCan 12:02 pm 03 Nov 11

I would have thought that any increase in noise would be more than offset by the 12% less time cars spent traversing the GDE at a higher speed.

Rollersk8r 11:56 am 03 Nov 11

It should be more than 80. Like many places in Canberra, sticking exactly to the speed limit will see 95% of cars overtake you. And not just at 85 or 90 – most people are still sitting on 100 or more after coming off the parkway. I’m not saying speeding is acceptable in all cases – but it’s a big, wide, new road – let us go faster.

chewy14 11:39 am 03 Nov 11

The speed limit won’t be lifted to 100km/hr anyway.

The road was designed with a 100km/hr design speed for a posted speed limit of 90km/hr which is what it was meant to be set at all along.

its ridiculous to think that a bunch of NIMBY’s should be able to dictate to the government and Roads ACT what they want the speed limit of this road to be set at.

shirty_bear 11:37 am 03 Nov 11

I-filed said :

You don’t think there’s a broader issue with a government blatantly breaking a commitment while still describing it as “delivered”?

Shelf-life for statements in general these days is about 3 days. A week, tops. Not saying I think it’s right, but that’s how it is. A little galling to hear Gallagher being so blase about it, though.

Same in the business world. When I hear down the management line that there are no sackings planned, I know I’m OK … until next week.

p1 11:36 am 03 Nov 11

Well, they have delivered, right up to the time they raise the limit. At which point they will not have delivered.

Along the lines of “I’m immortal. So far”.

While this might be a little sad for those few Aranda residents in the envelope which might see increased sound, I would rather they just up the limit and deal with it (don’t tell my friend who’s house backs onto the GDE that I said that).

As for the environmental costs… I suggest that increased fuel use/tire wear/etc which the faster speeds might cause could well be offset by the efficiencies gained by freer flowing traffic and time spent on the road.

Holden Caulfield 11:35 am 03 Nov 11

I’d also like to point out that the environmental impact of cars travelling at 80kph is much higher than when stationary.

Noise reduction is also much greater at 0kph.

Accidents causing death and serious injury will be virtually nil.

The fluffy nosed wombat will be saved.

I think this would be of benefit to all. Especially the cute wombat.

Make it so Katie!

PS. Would that be the greens who drive V8 Land Cruisers, or the ones in smokey 35 year old s*** boxes?

pptvb 11:33 am 03 Nov 11

I’d like to see the govt. commit to its original idea of taking the NIMBY’s houses to pay for the failed court action.
They were warned of the consequences when they proceeded with the action, but the govt didn’t follow through.
Why should the rest of Canberra’s tax payers foot the bill for the failed court action & subsequent years of delay?

shadow boxer 11:25 am 03 Nov 11

Goog god, another group of NIMBY’s complaining about the GDE, when does it end.

Seriously the difference in noise between 80 and 90 from 100 metres would be almost unmeasurable.

G-Fresh 11:23 am 03 Nov 11

Aranda residents were the lot trying to stop the GDE in the first place.

Admit defeat heathens!

I-filed 11:22 am 03 Nov 11

buzz819 said :

Bah….

There are more people complaining about the low speed limit then there are that live in Aranda…

Oooh the environmental impact… bah bah bah…

She is listening to the people who want change.

You don’t think there’s a broader issue with a government blatantly breaking a commitment while still describing it as “delivered”?

arescarti42 11:21 am 03 Nov 11

“In other words, don’t EVER trust any commitment an ACT Labor government makes.”

Really I wouldn’t be trusting any commitment made by any government anywhere in Australia.

“I’d also like to point out that the environmental impact of cars travelling at 100 kph is much higher than at 80. The Greens should intervene both because of the betrayal of Aranda residents, and on environmental grounds.”

Can you elaborate please? Some cars might use more fuel traveling at 100km/h relative to 80km/h, but I’m pretty sure that would be negligible.

buzz819 11:17 am 03 Nov 11

Bah….

There are more people complaining about the low speed limit then there are that live in Aranda…

Oooh the environmental impact… bah bah bah…

She is listening to the people who want change.

krats 11:13 am 03 Nov 11
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