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Parliamentary scrutiny not positive for Immigration Bridge

By johnboy - 29 May 2009 26

Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on National Capital and External Territories has released the report of its inquiry into the controversial immigration bridge proposal.

    The committee made three recommendations which if implemented will improve aspects of the process. First, the IBA [Immigration Bridge Australia] in improving its transparency and accountability should clarify its refund policy and make its financial documents available on its website.

    The committee also recommends that if the proposal proceeds and the bridge is ceded to the Commonwealth, the government should ensure that agreement to receive the bridge is met by increased government funding to the NCA to manage its ongoing maintenance.

    The final recommendation encourages the IBA to reconcile competing issues relating to Lake users and the vista and heritage values of the Lake and its foreshores. If the IBA finds that this challenge cannot be met or its development application for the proposed bridge is unsuccessful then the IBA should consider changing the location of the bridge or propose an alternative memorial to migration.

For a proposal by a private company calling for public subscriptions and lacking planning approval it’s certainly running a lot of TV advertising.

To my reading that final recommendation is bad news for the proposal as the sailing community is going to be very hard to please at the proposed location, a problem we flagged at the very start of the process.

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Parliamentary scrutiny not positive for Immigration Bridge
Whatsup 5:25 pm 29 May 09

ant said :

What about an immigration under-lake tunnel? Or one of those perspex tubes they have now for watching fish?

There is some pretty gross stuff in the lake, some of it resembles polly waffles. Would provide a different perspective for sure.

niftydog 5:13 pm 29 May 09

I-filed said :

Wouldn’t an amazingly tall span bridge be OK, and not mess with the sailors?

Yeah. Then they could just paint it safety-orange so it blended in with the uber-subtle “Uluru line” that everyone loves so much!

aussielyn said :

Pedal Power are all for it.

I think that’s overstating their case a bit. Their support is conditional and they seem not to trust IBA’s word.

Swaggie 4:51 pm 29 May 09

Waste of time, effort and money. Unwanted, unloved and unnecessary. And with our family heritage I’d even be entitled to stick the family name on the damn thing! Bury the whole idea.

aussielyn 4:41 pm 29 May 09

Pedal Power are all for it. Pedestrians could jump in the lake to avoid the lycra clad cyclists who will claim it. Also who is going to keep the skateboarders off it?
It will make life interesting for the Water Police.

I-filed 4:20 pm 29 May 09

I think the immigration bridge is a great idea – it’s just too heavy a design. Wouldn’t an amazingly tall span bridge be OK, and not mess with the sailors?

S4anta 3:21 pm 29 May 09

ant said :

What about an immigration under-lake tunnel? Or one of those perspex tubes they have now for watching fish? The Immigration Fish and Mud Watching Memorial Tube. I’d donate for that.

Well that would certainly be appropriate for those who have migrated to Australia, via the back door. Perhaps we need two?

sepi 3:12 pm 29 May 09

If they insist on building a bridge, it should actually go somewhere where pedestrians might want to actually go.

Parallel to Commonwealth Ave is a good one. Then they could turn one of the footpaths on that into bikes only.

James-T-Kirk 2:22 pm 29 May 09

“I wonder if I’ll have my name on it?”

I guarantee that within 1 day of the bridge being opened, it will be tagged with lots of peoples names. 🙂

Thumper 1:58 pm 29 May 09

I wonder if I’ll have my name on it?

Frankly I couldn’t care less…

James-T-Kirk 1:43 pm 29 May 09

Firstly, I have to declare my hand as a sailor –

Yep – it would be disastrous for the sailing community.

Yep – I am astounded that a private company could rail-road the government into allowing this thing, and then (if there is a failure), require the government to pay to continue supporting it. Using that logic, we should start laying tracks now for our light rail, then when we discover that it is not feasible, the government would then be required to run it????

Finally – Imaging the muggings – if you’re a girl, you have 400m of nowhere-to-run(tm)…. That can;t be good.

Finally-Finally – If some people who don’t even live here can cause such a controversial project to happen here, then why don’t we run a similar project in their own city?

🙂

AG Canberra 1:37 pm 29 May 09

Wouldn’t it be easier to build a new foot traffic only span parallel to Commonwealth Ave Bridge. Doesn’t stuff up the vista. Still fits in with the Par Triangle concept. Gets walkers off a busy cycling and running section. And then the tourists can look and gawk to their hearts content.

That or the tunnel is the go.

niftydog 1:09 pm 29 May 09

I could go either way on the concept, however the proposed location is unspeakably awful.

One of the submissions to the committee had what I thought was an excellent suggested location:
“across the entrance to the Nerang Pool in Commonwealth Park… (which) would provide a logical flow from an Immigration Celebration area across the Nerang Pool Bridge into Citizenship Place.”

ant 12:29 pm 29 May 09

The whole idea is stupid. Cluttering up the lake with a rinky-dink little bridge, stuffing it up for sailboats, wasting money (think taxpayers’ money won’t be spent? Ha!)… And the idea that some private mob is trying to railroad the authorities into letting it happen is frankly very annoying.

What about an immigration under-lake tunnel? Or one of those perspex tubes they have now for watching fish? The Immigration Fish and Mud Watching Memorial Tube. I’d donate for that.

Postalgeek 12:10 pm 29 May 09

[doublepost] mind you, the IBA only needs to point to the National Museum and say ‘what vista’? [/doublepost]

Postalgeek 12:07 pm 29 May 09

It’s one bridge i’d like to see burnt. Good luck in reconciling issues relating to the vista.

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