Labor pledges Pialligo makeover to make visiting easier and safer  

Ian Bushnell 22 January 2021 16
Formal parking areas and footpaths in Pialligo

An artist’s impression of new formal parking areas and footpaths in Pialligo. Images: ACT Government.

Business and residents have welcomed a Labor pledge to build new footpaths and parking areas in Pialligo, and investigate traffic-calming measures in the rural enclave if the Barr Government is returned on 17 October.

The government says it will upgrade infrastructure in the popular garden and nursery precinct near the airport as part of its economic recovery plan for the ACT, and has been working with the community to design infrastructure that will meet the needs of local businesses and visitors.

The plan includes new footpaths along Beltana Road, landscaping to align with the rural nature of the area as well as acknowledging the nature of local businesses, including garden centres, and formalised parking.

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Also planned is a new left in/left out intersection with Pialligo Avenue at the corner of Beltana and Kallaroo Roads, and an investigation into traffic-calming measures on Beltana Road.

Bliss Garden and Giftware owner Iain Eaton was pleased that Pialligo would be getting some attention as it was a destination not just for locals but visitors from NSW as well.

”I know we’ve got our national institutions which are tourist attractions, but I know that people come to Pialligo from Sydney and country NSW,” he said.

”It’s such a unique type of street with all the orchards and cafes and nurseries, people will literally do a day here and they’ll come from far and wide.”

Road narrowing

Road narrowing to slow traffic is also on the cards.

He said visitors usually walk along Beltana Road from business to business so new footpaths would be a good thing.

Parking could be a bit ramshackle so formalising the situation was also welcome, although he would prefer 90-degree parking rather than parallel parking so more customers could fit in, “but if they do up the road nicely and it becomes easier to park that’s definitely a positive”, Mr Eaton said.

He is also pleased that traffic-calming measures such as narrowing the road were on the agenda, mainly because of the danger caused by trucks travelling too fast.

Mr Eaton has already lobbied successfully for a speed bump on Beltana Road near his business.

Pialligo Residents Association president Bob Ross said that as Pialligo had grown the increase in traffic and trucks was making life difficult for pedestrians and creating safety issues.

He said it was a really good concept to change the way the road looks and functions while retaining the rural character of the suburb, as required by the Pialligo Master Plan.

”If we don’t have the road functioning so it’s supportive for pedestrians and traffic then we’ve got a problem.”

Chief Minister and Tourism Minister Andrew Barr said the planned work would support an area of the ACT that was becoming increasingly popular with visitors.

“We all know that Pialligo is a popular destination for locals and residents in the Canberra region, but it’s also somewhere Canberrans bring friends and family from around the country,” Mr Barr said.

“Our local tourism industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a re-elected Labor Government will continue to support the sector as part of our Jobs and Economic Recovery Plan.”

The Pialligo Master Plan was released in 2013.

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16 Responses to Labor pledges Pialligo makeover to make visiting easier and safer  
thehutch thehutch 11:39 pm 02 Sep 20

@Amanda Evans – assuming it turns out as shown in the pictures, it really does not look like a suburban street

thehutch thehutch 11:36 pm 02 Sep 20

@Ben Green – an additional exit / entry is included

Amanda Evans Amanda Evans 9:52 pm 02 Sep 20

I hope they leave it alone. Pialligo has character without kerbs and paths. Why turn it into a suburban street. People can cope.

    Julie Macklin Julie Macklin 11:41 pm 02 Sep 20

    Appears you must never have cycled there. Rough road and edges need fixing.

Mac Ka Mac Ka 7:28 pm 01 Sep 20

No please don't ruin it.

Helen King Ring Helen King Ring 3:11 pm 01 Sep 20

I live in Pialligo and completely agree it needs to remain a country feel. The road has however been an issue for years and does need an upgrade to ensure safety whilst maintaining the country feel. We’ll se me what transpired as they’ve been discussing it for probably 20 years!

Acton Acton 7:27 am 01 Sep 20

Huge rate rises in Pialigo have financially impacted local businesses and residents. Yet Barr misuses ever rising rates on self indulgent extravagances like rainbow roundabouts .

Kriso Hadskini Kriso Hadskini 10:11 pm 31 Aug 20

.....And there goes the charm. Neat = boring suburban.

Ross Bryant Ross Bryant 8:58 pm 31 Aug 20

As long as they dont install paid parking or timed zones that they patrol and book people.

Monty Ki Monty Ki 8:12 pm 31 Aug 20

I was thinking this last time I visited Pialligo. Pialligo could be like a Canberra version of Mogo or Milton if done nicely.

Tracy Robinson Tracy Robinson 7:08 pm 31 Aug 20

Nope. I actually like that pialligo feels like a small English country village. Why does everything have to be squares of cement?

Jenni Zimoch Jenni Zimoch 2:41 pm 31 Aug 20

About time.

Ben Green Ben Green 2:24 pm 31 Aug 20

Maybe add another exit?

Gabrielle Kuta Gabrielle Kuta 2:17 pm 31 Aug 20

That'd be nice

Christina Valdmanis Christina Valdmanis 1:37 pm 31 Aug 20

Why wait for an election? Do it NOW!!! 😃

Josie Conlan Josie Conlan 1:33 pm 31 Aug 20

Yes parking is not good there

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