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Monash Drive to be dropped

By Kramer - 27 October 2009 25

Monash Drive has been part of the National Capital Plan for many years now, threatening to cut off the suburbs of Ainslie & Hackett from their bushland backyard. The ABC reports that the National Capital Authority (NCA) is going to drop Monash Drive from the National Capital Plan, and as expected the Greens are jumping for joy.

As a keen mountain biker, I’m quite happy for the bushland around Mt Majura & Ainslie to remain intact. As a Canberra resident I feel that by dropping Monash Drive from the National Capital Plan they are removing an option for future transport routes through Canberra. As Majura Road and Majura Ave & Limestone Ave continue to see increased traffic, maybe we need to consider the Monash Drive option?

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Gungahlin Al 8:48 am 29 Oct 09

I’ve received the following information from the NCA on this issue:

The article in yesterday’s Canberra Times was misleading. The current situation is as follows:

The ACT Government has requested that the National Capital Authority remove the provision for Monsah Drive from the National Capital Plan. On Friday the NCA Board will consider this request.

If the board agrees to propose an amendment, the NCA will issue a draft amendment to the Plan for public consultation. The consultation period will run for 30 business days. As part of our consultation process the NCA will run at least one public consultation forum. In addition, I and other officers of the NCA would be happy to attend a meeting of the GCC to discuss the draft amendment.

Following consultation the NCA will consider public comments and make alter the draft amendment in response to comments made. A consultation report is then issued to the public along with the modified draft Amendment. After that a recommendation is made to the Minister for Home Affairs that the Plan be amended.

The full process is described in our consultation protocol which can be found at

http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/downloads/planning_and_urban_design/consultation_reports/Consultation_Protocol_July2007.pdf

The NCA is also having a public forum at Parliament House on 26 November. At the forum there will be significant amounts of time set aside for members of the public to ask questions about the work of the NCA. I encourage you to attend. Further information on the forum is at

http://www.nationalcapital.gov.au/

anonymous gungahlian 5:48 pm 28 Oct 09

I think that this road would of been very convenient for Gungahlin and other residents of Gundaroo, Wamboin, Bywong, Sutton ect. who want to travel south without having to stop every 200m along Northbourne Avenue. I also agree with what CapitalK said, that the people of Hackett and Ainslie would benifit from it most, when their suburbs are not a rat-run during peak hour. Remember that when people of the Gungahlin Region and surrounding NSW towns travel south, they are not always traveling to the City, and may want to bypass it without major traffic delays.

Felix the Cat 4:47 pm 28 Oct 09

As a keen mountain biker, I’m quite happy for the bushland around Mt Majura & Ainslie to remain intact.

Isn’t the new Majura Parkway going to interfere with Mt Majura?

Gungahlin Al 1:16 pm 28 Oct 09

Grail said :

Other options that are less drastic than sterilising the entire human population would include encouraging workers to explore skewed work hours – some start at 7 and go through to 3, others start at 10 and go through to 6. Many office workers don’t need to be there on the dot at 8:30 in order to be productive, and how many of us would prefer to have an ISP helpdesk that was staffed when we got home and had problems with our computers at 6pm?

Skewing work hours would reduce load on the roads, so rather than having the entire population of Belconnen and Gungahlin on Northbourne avenue at 8:30, they’d be spread out between 7 and 10.

Sorry but those of us that can skew hours most likely alredy do so. It is not work hours that lead to the 8.30 to 9 am squeeze. It’s school hours. We can send our kids off until maybe 8.20 if they can walk or ride there. And then off we go.

Grail 10:13 am 28 Oct 09

Another option of course is to stop expanding the population. As Agent Smith said, “human beings are a disease, a cancer on this planet.”

Other options that are less drastic than sterilising the entire human population would include encouraging workers to explore skewed work hours – some start at 7 and go through to 3, others start at 10 and go through to 6. Many office workers don’t need to be there on the dot at 8:30 in order to be productive, and how many of us would prefer to have an ISP helpdesk that was staffed when we got home and had problems with our computers at 6pm?

Skewing work hours would reduce load on the roads, so rather than having the entire population of Belconnen and Gungahlin on Northbourne avenue at 8:30, they’d be spread out between 7 and 10.

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