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Latham stepping stones under threat

By Mike Bessenger 13 September 2012 34

I was informed today that some politician does not like walking her dogs over stepping stones and is pushing for a $250000 bridge to be put across.

The stones have been there as long as I can recall and I crossed them daily as a kid to get to school and Belconnen. Nowadays I take the dogs there as it’s the only safe spot along that stretch of the creek the dogs can safely get into the water for a swim.

Special Meeting: Stepping Stones at Latham – Proposed Replacement Bridge

Submitted by Shirley Gourgaud on Mon, 26/09/2011 – 6:55pm

Following a meeting on Wednesday 21 September at the ‘Stepping Stones‘ on Ginninderra Creek at Latham with Mr Tony Gill, RoadsACT, those there agreed that, due to the lack of consensus for any bridge, we would discuss the issues further at a public meeting.
 
The staff room/library at the Latham Primary School has now been booked from

6.00pm – 7.30pm,
Thursday 13 October

A draft agenda for the meeting is set out below. Please forward any alterations to me, president@belcouncil.org.au, asap so all participants can be prepared.

  • Welcome and brief synopsis of the situation to date (Shirley Gourgaud) (5 min)
  • Presentation of diagram of the proposed pedestrian bridge (Tony Gill) (5 min)
  • Speakers for the proposal (15 min)
  • Speakers against the proposal (15 min)
  • Q&A session by audience of all speakers (30 min)
  • Ballot (10 min)
  • Refreshments/Neighbourhood Meet and Greet (15 min)

Given the time restraints, three speakers on each side of the discussion would be very manageable. The BCC will bring a laptop with overhead projector for any person wishing to give a powerpoint presentation.

http://belcouncil.org.au/node/3522


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Kwadogi 6:44 am 05 Dec 12

The woman making the statement at the meeting is the same one in the article, but she isn’t a politician. The article refers to her comments about being a ratepayer.Yes, it isn’t the greatest idea around, but those actively trying to contribute to the debate aren’t being helped by incorrect statements.

tr0jan 11:51 am 01 Dec 12

Mike Bessenger said :

Maybe my information was false, maybe. Politician or not, it’s still stupid.
Here is the original Canberra Times article:
http://canberra.realviewtechnologies.com/?iid=67194&startpage=page0000010

Hold on, the boffins at the Chronicle have the capacity to PFD the paper and put it online, but they can’t stop delivering it to my house after repeated Emails..

TheDancingDjinn 11:25 am 01 Dec 12

plumtree said :

When the creek flooded this stone bridge is uncrossable.

You mean those small stones don’t float when the creek floods? are you kidding me?

No one should be crossing a creek or water way in a flood anyway, if you do and get hurt oh well..

Mike Bessenger 8:59 am 01 Dec 12

Maybe my information was false, maybe. Politician or not, it’s still stupid.
Here is the original Canberra Times article:
http://canberra.realviewtechnologies.com/?iid=67194&startpage=page0000010

Kwadogi 6:16 am 01 Dec 12

To be fair, the female wasn’t a politician (that I know of) – at the last public meeting the woman, an enthusiastic proponent of a bridge, commented that her dog had knocked her offthe stepping stones into the creek.
Please see the related post and respons to the survey

http://timetotalk.act.gov.au/community-engagements/?engagement=stepping-stone-crossing-in-umbagong-district-park

pirate_taco 9:28 am 16 Sep 12

DrKoresh said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

RugbyWhat said :

https://maps.google.com.au/maps?hl=en&ll=-35.21558,149.028003&spn=0.00134,0.002064&t=h&z=20

Awesome.

As much as i dislike this town, it does have a bunch of little cool things like this that im finding out about even after living here for 30 years.

Looking at the map I can’t see any nearby bridges, so I can see the merit in proposing they build one, but there’s no need to remove the stepping stones. Why not just build an adjacent bridge, instead of removing the history and character of the area by getting rid of the stones.

Looking at the map myself too, and using the walking directions feature from Google, there are bridges 650m and 800m walk away at either direction from the stepping stones.

I don’t really see the need for another bridge.

Glen Takkenberg
Pirate Party ACT

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 7:51 am 15 Sep 12

MissChief said :

p1 said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Qft

Quantum Field Theory?

I think it means Quoted for Truth, i.e. agreed.

Yes

Mordd 11:45 pm 14 Sep 12

DrKoresh said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

RugbyWhat said :

https://maps.google.com.au/maps?hl=en&ll=-35.21558,149.028003&spn=0.00134,0.002064&t=h&z=20

Awesome.

As much as i dislike this town, it does have a bunch of little cool things like this that im finding out about even after living here for 30 years.

Looking at the map I can’t see any nearby bridges, so I can see the merit in proposing they build one, but there’s no need to remove the stepping stones. Why not just build an adjacent bridge, instead of removing the history and character of the area by getting rid of the stones.

+1 for common sense, if a bridge is needed, no need to replace said stones, leave them alone.

plumtree 8:40 pm 14 Sep 12

When the creek flooded this stone bridge is uncrossable.

Jethro 8:11 pm 14 Sep 12

MissChief said :

We don’t have a huge amounts of history so things that have a meaningful place in the memories of Canberrans should not be destroyed.

This is why the Woden bus interchange should be heritage listed.

MissChief 5:54 pm 14 Sep 12

p1 said :

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Qft

Quantum Field Theory?

I think it means Quoted for Truth, i.e. agreed.

p1 5:04 pm 14 Sep 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

Qft

Quantum Field Theory?

niftydog 3:45 pm 14 Sep 12

If I was in town on the 13th I’d go to that meeting and boo at them. Somebody here needs to do up a s#t hot power point pres and talk some sense into these Muppets. Who’s up for it!?

By my reckoning there’s a footbridge less than 700m from the stepping stone crossing.

Conan of Cooma said :

I bet people on unicycles also don’t like the stepping stones.

If they’re Municyclists or fans of Unbeatable Banzuki they probably LOVE the stepping stones!

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd 3:34 pm 14 Sep 12

MissChief said :

This kind of rubbish is exactly why people are choosing to leave Canberra. We labour to pay ridiculous rates and taxes and they spend the money on what? Stuff we don’t need, that nannies us and ruins what little character/joy the place has left.

We don’t have a huge amounts of history so things that have a meaningful place in the memories of Canberrans should not be destroyed. BTW, whatever happened to the Mouse Trap and tree houses at Weston Park?

Qft

MissChief 1:53 pm 14 Sep 12

This kind of rubbish is exactly why people are choosing to leave Canberra. We labour to pay ridiculous rates and taxes and they spend the money on what? Stuff we don’t need, that nannies us and ruins what little character/joy the place has left.

We don’t have a huge amounts of history so things that have a meaningful place in the memories of Canberrans should not be destroyed. BTW, whatever happened to the Mouse Trap and tree houses at Weston Park?

p1 1:43 pm 14 Sep 12

SnapperJack said :

If she wants a bridge there it would be in the wrong place. When the roads in Belconnen were being planned in 1966, Dalley Cres (north) was supposed to continue via a bridge over Ginninderra Creek and link up with Florey Drive. For some reason the bridge was never built.

If a bridge is to be built then it shouldn’t be over the stepping stones, it should be the long lost missing link to finally complete Dalley Cres.

Huh. I always thought that maybe there was supposed to be a bridge there. I wonder why they planned it then changed their minds? It was well before self government, so the usual ‘run out of money’ excuse probably wasn’t the reason. Maybe they just realised a bridge wasn’t needed?

+1 for sticking a bridge 20m up or down stream *if* they really think one is needed.

housebound 12:38 pm 14 Sep 12

DrKoresh said :

Looking at the map I can’t see any nearby bridges, so I can see the merit in proposing they build one, but there’s no need to remove the stepping stones. Why not just build an adjacent bridge, instead of removing the history and character of the area by getting rid of the stones.

There’s a bridge a five minute walk away. Anyone walking their dog should be able to make the distance.

PBO 12:32 pm 14 Sep 12

While they are at it, why not have some bright confusing non-publically consulted art work installed down there? It looks too natural.

DrKoresh 11:42 am 14 Sep 12

Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd said :

RugbyWhat said :

https://maps.google.com.au/maps?hl=en&ll=-35.21558,149.028003&spn=0.00134,0.002064&t=h&z=20

Awesome.

As much as i dislike this town, it does have a bunch of little cool things like this that im finding out about even after living here for 30 years.

Looking at the map I can’t see any nearby bridges, so I can see the merit in proposing they build one, but there’s no need to remove the stepping stones. Why not just build an adjacent bridge, instead of removing the history and character of the area by getting rid of the stones.

SnapperJack 11:19 am 14 Sep 12

If she wants a bridge there it would be in the wrong place. When the roads in Belconnen were being planned in 1966, Dalley Cres (north) was supposed to continue via a bridge over Ginninderra Creek and link up with Florey Drive. For some reason the bridge was never built.

If a bridge is to be built then it shouldn’t be over the stepping stones, it should be the long lost missing link to finally complete Dalley Cres.

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