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Molonglo – coming soon

By Kramer - 31 August 2007 36

The Canberra Times reports that plans for the new Molonglo town centre will be relased today. The new town centre will have 15 suburbs, the first will be North Weston. So what will the naming convention be for the new suburbs? More prime ministers? Will we see a Whitlam, Gorton, Keating or Howard?? Through ACTPLA you can nominate someone to have a suburb or street named after them. Welcome to the new suburb of Kramer!

On a more serious note, there are loud complaints from farmers whose land will be reclaimed by the ACT govt for the new town centre. They will lose their livelihood, but is this acceptable when they are on leasehold land? I guess this happened to the orginal farmers in the ACT when Lake Burley Griffin and the parliamentry triangle was created in the middle of a sheep paddock.

What’s Your opinion?


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36 Responses to
Molonglo – coming soon
Mr Evil 3:21 pm 31 Aug 07

Yeah, not boding well, is it?

Thumper 3:05 pm 31 Aug 07

With streets as wide as footpaths….

Mr Evil 3:01 pm 31 Aug 07

“Seriously, though, for a nice sized block of land 7km from the city, I’d be willing to pay a bit to build a nice home.”

I bet they’ll end up looking like those pokie little blocks out at Gunghalin!

Mr Evil 2:59 pm 31 Aug 07

How about Torana, Falcon, Cortina, Commodore, Kingswood, Belmont etc?

Although I guess real Aussie legends like P76 don’t work so well as suburb names, do they?

VYBerlinaV8 now_with 2:55 pm 31 Aug 07

Let’s call the new suburbs names like Westin, McLaughlin, etc.

Seriously, though, for a nice sized block of land 7km from the city, I’d be willing to pay a bit to build a nice home.

S4anta 2:04 pm 31 Aug 07

How about the suburbs Abbot and Costello divided by Union Stooge Drive?

Thumper 1:39 pm 31 Aug 07

I wonder if they’ll build Grassby?

It could be a concrete monstrosity at the bottom of the new lake and surrounded by fields of softly swaying mary jane plants…

mlm 1:24 pm 31 Aug 07

I would like to see the suburbs of Keating & Howard right next to each other. Would be great to see the effect of suburb name on the land prices etc 🙂

Hawke of course would require a massive pub, but might be a tad confusing with Hawker already around.

Gungahlin Al 1:15 pm 31 Aug 07

What is good about releases in Molonglo is that there will finally be a choice of land to buy – people working in Woden and Tuggers won’t be forced to commute from Dunlop or Gungahlin because it was the only land they could buy to build a new house on.

Kramer: couldn’t see myself buying in either Keating or Howard. Don’t think names from the last 30 years would be a good marketing move…

asp 1:06 pm 31 Aug 07

Lucky we don’t have a Liberal local govt. They’d probably make the streets signs advertisements for the election. Would be fun giving directions to someone though:
“We live in Howard, just turn right at WorkChoices Avenue, then left into Costello St, then left again into Low Interst Rates Cresent and were on the right in Vote Liberal Court”

Snoopy 12:55 pm 31 Aug 07

Additionally this will be a nice little revenue raiser for the Comrade. With Canberra’s already high housing costs, is land only 7km from the CBD going to be affordable? Of course not! It will be milked for all its worth. Not to mention the potential for the value of houses and land in the outer suburbs to adjust down.

Kramer 12:01 pm 31 Aug 07

“I’m excited about these new suburbs, as a South-sider I aboslutely loathe travelling to the Belconnen Region to visit my friends. It would suck if they decided to extend out further past Belconnen first.”

The feeling is mutal hk0reduck, except they just kept adding suburbs down your way in North Cooma (altho I guess they kept doing it here in Belco with Dunlop).

hingo 11:45 am 31 Aug 07

Hahaha Kramer….I would support that

As for the farmers, I think they will just have to deal with it. Canberra is growing fast and ACT isn’t large enough to have both city and farmland in the future. Eventually, they are just going to have to give it up.

kimba 11:22 am 31 Aug 07

Stanhope being the bleeding-heart leftie he is will probably call the new suburbs ‘Grassby’ or ‘Siev-X’…………

hk0reduck 10:45 am 31 Aug 07

They should look into gold-farming, it’s a profession that isn’t affected by the wrath of God. They could even do it from the comfort of their brand new homes in Weston North.

I’m excited about these new suburbs, as a South-sider I aboslutely loathe travelling to the Belconnen Region to visit my friends. It would suck if they decided to extend out further past Belconnen first.

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