The ACT Government announced today that it had shortlisted two locations for the new Youth Detention Facility. The two locations are next to each other on Wells Station Road ( see map here which puts them across the road from Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC).
EPIC is an entertainment site that hosts the Royal Canberra Show, Summernats and National Folk Festival as well as many other Home Shows, Dog Shows and other events during the course of the year. EPIC is not the quietest place when the big events kick into gear so how will a new facility across the road impact on the operations of these events and EPIC as a whole? Harsher noise restrictions? Less Parking space?
I’ve also heard that EPIC, which is a Managed Trust that reports to the ACT Treasury, has been trying to get permission to expand into one of these blocks for years. Now they have had the rug pulled out from their feet by another department. I wonder if they were even asked to comment on the location?
On a positive note maybe this new facility will prompt the government to finally pave the pot-holed dirt road that leads to the public carpark at EPIC and put in some lights to boot.