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Light rail development application approved

By Charlotte Harper - 22 December 2015 62

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The ACT Environment and Planning Directorate has approved development applications for light rail links between Gungahlin and the City and from the City to Russell.

Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell said the development applications were open for public consultation for 15 working days during which 22 submissions were received.

“These approvals are an important milestone for Capital Metro and a big step toward the start of construction next year on Canberra’s first light rail route,” Mr Corbell said.

“Through public consultation the Environment and Planning Directorate received submissions from the community, government agencies and utility providers, raising points to be considered in the assessment of the development applications. The directorate has considered all submissions in making their decision to approve the DAs.”

The development application for the optional Russell extension, which was submitted at the same time as the development application for the City to Gungahlin route, was also approved today as part of the process.

“Obtaining DA approval for the optional Russell Extension is a prudent measure that puts the ACT Government in the best position to proceed with the extension to Russell should that decision be made,” Mr Corbell said.

The optional Russell extension for phase one of Capital Metro is expected to increase light rail patronage by more than 30 percent if it goes ahead. It would also provide a CBD link to thousands of employees working on Constitution Avenue and in the defence precinct.

“From Russell we would be perfectly placed to extend the Light Rail Network to other key parts of our city, including the airport, the parliamentary triangle and other destinations south of the lake,” Mr Corbell said.

Environment and Planning Directorate development application approval will allow construction to begin next year on territory land. Approval for parts of the project on land that falls under the National Capital Plan, such as parts of Northbourne Avenue and Constitution Avenue, will be lodged with the National Capital Authority in coming months.

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Light rail development application approved
dungfungus 1:36 pm 23 Dec 15

RB78 said :

gooterz said :

Its a pitty we can’t just have early elections and sort this mess out.

It was entirely possible to wait a few months before signing contracts but surely they know they’re getting kicked out. So leaving a parting gift that Canberra will pay off for years.

Hopefully when the libs get in they put a picture of the tram on every rates bill, or at least denote what amount of every houses rates get proportioned to light rail.

We also don’t have a light rail master plan. Where are the thoughts for the rest of the ‘network’ or is it going to be a one hit wonder.

How much will all the rebranding cost too?

A) The light rail was announced before the last election.
B) There is a master plan: http://www.transport.act.gov.au/policy_and_projects/light-rail-master-plan
C) What rebranding? There’s been no suggestion that ACTION as a name will disappear, it will just come under TransportCanberra instead of TAMS.

Indeed, a LRT from Gungahlin to Canberra City was announced but the price and the consequences of “value adding” were not.
Now we have a DA pending approval for the LRT to extend to Russell.
All “master plans” announced by the current government have been visionary thought bubbles.
How quickly we forget the pop-up follies.
I read in the CT today that the government has funded a portable basketball playing surface for the hapless and win-less Canberra Capitals. How much did that cost and who will benefit?

dungfungus 11:05 am 23 Dec 15

rubaiyat said :

A more pertinent link:

http://io9.gizmodo.com/5933246/why-truck-driving-is-one-of-the-most-unhealthy-jobs-in-america

You would be the first to complain if a truck driver delivering your favourite Cabernet Sauvignon slept in.
Anyway, we are supposed to be talking about trams, not trucks.

dungfungus 11:03 am 23 Dec 15

rubaiyat said :

dungfungus said :

Here is a link to a report from Santa Monica in California.
Gee, it sounds just like our leaders are planning for us:
http://smdp.com/santa-monica-faces-reality-expo-light-rail/152728

The truck caused the accident with an illegal left turn and you blame the tram, NOT the truck?

Thankfully the truck didn’t kill anyone. This time.

Trucks cause 500,000 accidents and kill 5,000 people a year in the USA.

The tram probably saved lives in this case by taking the impact.

I blamed no one for the accident.
The judgement of the ones who allowed a light rail to be constructed in the midst of a car-centric city should be questioned however.

RB78 10:46 am 23 Dec 15

gooterz said :

Its a pitty we can’t just have early elections and sort this mess out.

It was entirely possible to wait a few months before signing contracts but surely they know they’re getting kicked out. So leaving a parting gift that Canberra will pay off for years.

Hopefully when the libs get in they put a picture of the tram on every rates bill, or at least denote what amount of every houses rates get proportioned to light rail.

We also don’t have a light rail master plan. Where are the thoughts for the rest of the ‘network’ or is it going to be a one hit wonder.

How much will all the rebranding cost too?

A) The light rail was announced before the last election.
B) There is a master plan: http://www.transport.act.gov.au/policy_and_projects/light-rail-master-plan
C) What rebranding? There’s been no suggestion that ACTION as a name will disappear, it will just come under TransportCanberra instead of TAMS.

pajs 10:37 am 23 Dec 15

Good to hear. The quicker this thing gets built and running the better.

rommeldog56 7:34 am 23 Dec 15

farq said :

the only public consultation the ALP government cares about is the ballot box, and next year things will be different. life long labor voters like myself are unhappy with high (ever increasing) rates and over development. next year we vote them out!

I’m not so sure about that. Personally, I think that ACT Labors “alliance” with the Greens and the introduction of more electorates/MLAs, + ACT voters apathetic head in the sand rusted on Labor attitude, will get them over the line.

I heard Anthony Green – ABC electoral commentator – say that some time ago now. Admittedly though, the Light Rail + other things have worsened for the ACT Gov’t since then (IMHO).

A poll released today by Unions ACT is claimed to show a narrow ACT Labor/Greens win in 2016. Maybe they just polled Union members ?

Like many I know, I won’t be voting ACT Labor/Greens in 2016. After being a life long Labor voter up till 2012, I jumped off the Labor ship in the ACT & Federally because of the the Federal Rudd/Gillard/Rudd disaster and because I could see the economic wreck coming with the ACTs budget deficit, the tram + ACT annual rates increases.

gooterz 1:05 am 23 Dec 15

Its a pitty we can’t just have early elections and sort this mess out.

It was entirely possible to wait a few months before signing contracts but surely they know they’re getting kicked out. So leaving a parting gift that Canberra will pay off for years.

Hopefully when the libs get in they put a picture of the tram on every rates bill, or at least denote what amount of every houses rates get proportioned to light rail.

We also don’t have a light rail master plan. Where are the thoughts for the rest of the ‘network’ or is it going to be a one hit wonder.

How much will all the rebranding cost too?

farq 10:48 pm 22 Dec 15

why bother making a comment? it’s like hitting your head against a brick wall.

history has shown us that the ACT Labor government’s idea of consultation is only a show, just theater.

unless the people (or nimbys as the gov calls them) involved happen to be lawyers who can take it to court, you have no chance of changing their mind (and now with their call in powers even that possibility is gone).

I’ve watched multiple public ‘consultations’ in which the majority of people got upset and where against the proposal only for each and every one to get approved.

the only public consultation the ALP government cares about is the ballot box, and next year things will be different. life long labor voters like myself are unhappy with high (ever increasing) rates and over development. next year we vote them out!

Masquara 9:32 pm 22 Dec 15

The illustration is very interesting re its missing poles. Apparently the light rail is going to have randomly spaced out poles beneath wires that won’t sag where they’ve missed a couple!

miz 7:11 pm 22 Dec 15

There was no point making a submission on this fait d’accompli. I wish they’d see sense but I can see I am going to have to vote Liberal to get this crock dead and buried. It would help if the Liberals made assurances not to privatise and sell off stuff though. Carnell was diabolical. But on balance the tram is worse.

rubaiyat 5:42 pm 22 Dec 15
rubaiyat 5:37 pm 22 Dec 15

dungfungus said :

Here is a link to a report from Santa Monica in California.
Gee, it sounds just like our leaders are planning for us:
http://smdp.com/santa-monica-faces-reality-expo-light-rail/152728

The truck caused the accident with an illegal left turn and you blame the tram, NOT the truck?

Thankfully the truck didn’t kill anyone. This time.

Trucks cause 500,000 accidents and kill 5,000 people a year in the USA.

The tram probably saved lives in this case by taking the impact.

rosscoact 1:39 pm 22 Dec 15

bd84 said :

No surprise that the Government’s pet project got approved. The biggest and most expensive infrastructure project in the Territory whose design was subject to only 15 days public consultation and approved in a month after.

They weren’t actually looking for public comments based on the large amount of documents associated with the application that most of the community would unlikely understand. To understand them you would have almost needed to be an expert at reading all the planning documents and must have been willing to print out the design drawings, sticky tape them together and interpret the plans and route/traffic arrangements. I’m sure we will just have to do it up with the try and fix it job after its built, like most of the other Government projects.

Yep, a certain career terminating move to knock it back.

dungfungus 10:40 am 22 Dec 15

Here is a link to a report from Santa Monica in California.
Gee, it sounds just like our leaders are planning for us:
http://smdp.com/santa-monica-faces-reality-expo-light-rail/152728
The point is that things that look good and sometimes work in other countries don’t necessarily work in a place like Canberra.
Also, note the visual allure of the tram wirescape above the wreckage.
Beautiful.

bd84 10:01 am 22 Dec 15

No surprise that the Government’s pet project got approved. The biggest and most expensive infrastructure project in the Territory whose design was subject to only 15 days public consultation and approved in a month after.

They weren’t actually looking for public comments based on the large amount of documents associated with the application that most of the community would unlikely understand. To understand them you would have almost needed to be an expert at reading all the planning documents and must have been willing to print out the design drawings, sticky tape them together and interpret the plans and route/traffic arrangements. I’m sure we will just have to do it up with the try and fix it job after its built, like most of the other Government projects.

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