Can you please tell me your thoughts and advice on the following?
The ACT Government is planning to build a new bus station in Gungahlin, on the street immediately adjacent to the Gungahlin Square apartments.
I have recently read through the plans on the Development Applications website, including the noise and air pollution surveys, which I am immensely dissatisfied with.
I have a unit in the Gungahlin Square apartment building on level 1. When this new bus station is built, it will be literally within a couple of metres of my balcony. That means noisy buses (estimated to be up to 80 per hour in the near future), fumes, etc, will coming into the only outdoors access point for my unit. The noise survey conducted for this proposal shows that the noise will undoubtedly affect the residents’ lifestyle, as it will be disruptive within bedrooms and lounge rooms (the units do not have double glazing).
I can’t believe that this particular section of Gungahlin Place has been chosen. ACT Govt representatives tell me that it is because it will be a short walk for bus passengers to get from this particular location to the light rail terminus. However, there is another perfectly viable option to locate the bus station on the other side of Gungahlin Place – adjacent to the Coles building, where there are no residences, and it still within close walking distance to the trams.
Although I lodged an objection when it was first open for public consultation (November 2015), I received no response, and it appears the development is going ahead despite the concerns of the owners in Gungahlin Place.
Nowhere else in Canberra has a large bus station located so close to residences. It is only because it is also close to the light rail station that the Government does not seem to mind making a huge disruption to hundreds of peoples’ lives.
Please see my Facebook group on this issue: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1524786337538242/ I only just started it so there’s not much on there yet.
I’ve emailed the building’s body corporate, the My Gungahlin Facebook group, Gungahlin Community Council, WIN News, Canberra Times, Megan Fitzharris’s office, Mick Gentleman’s office, etc but have received very little response and definitely not much support.
Surely it’s completely wrong to subject people in their homes to a noisy smelly bus station right outside? I’m deeply unimpressed at how the Government is trying to sneak this one in. I’m going to make a submission before the consultation period ends, but in reality, will my views even be considered??