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Police warning on the convoy protest

johnboy 19 August 2011 34

ACT Policing is warning Canberra commuters of potential delays and disruptions to traffic on Monday, August 22 as a result of a protest rally.

Participants in the ‘Convoy of No Confidence’ protest rally are expected to arrive in Canberra on Sunday, August 21. The formal convoy will commence at 5.30 am on Monday (August 22) morning, taking major arterial routes into the city such as Northbourne Avenue, Adelaide Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue, Tuggeranong Parkway, Gunghalin Drive Extension, Monaro Highway, Barton Highway and Canberra Avenue.

The precincts of Mitchell, Bruce, the City and the Parliamentary Triangle will also be affected.

Operational Commander for the event, Superintendent Michael Chew, said that planning for the event has progressed well, with cooperation and good dialogue between the organisers, ACT Government and ACT Policing.

“ACT Policing is working closely with convoy organisers and the ACT Government in an attempt to ensure that the convoy doesn’t have a major impact for ACT road users. A traffic strategy has been developed which will assist in moving the convoy along a pre-determined route”.

“We anticipate that the extra traffic on the roads will cause delays to motorists, and we encourage people to think of alternate routes, especially if they work in the CBD, or travel through the CBD to go to work.”

“As part of our operational plan, ACT Policing will be managing traffic flow through the use of variable message boards, traffic signal overrides, traffic direction officers and official escort and sweep cars. Dedicated officers will be deployed to assist in the convoy movements along specific routes which have been pre-arranged.

ACT Policing will be using its traffic twitter account — ACTPol_Traffic — to provide up-to-date information about road closures, traffic delays and hazards.

“We are expecting 11 convoys. At this stage we cannot confirm how many vehicles or people are participating in the convoy or subsequent protest. While every effort is being made to minimise the impact on the Canberra community, traffic delays are expected. Police would encourage commuters on the morning of Monday 22 August to be patient and flexible,” Superintendent Chew said.

It is likely that these traffic disruptions will be in place from 5.30am to 9.00 am, Monday 22 August.

[Courtesy ACT Policing]


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Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 10:04 am 22 Aug 11

KB1971 said :

Yep, it passed while you were bent over!!!!! Boom tish, I crack myself up……..

It makes a change from cracking up your sister I suppose…

KB1971 KB1971 10:00 am 22 Aug 11

Ben_Dover said :

Did I miss it?

Yep, it passed while you were bent over!!!!! Boom tish, I crack myself up……..

The Antichrist The Antichrist 9:49 am 22 Aug 11

miss what ?

Was something happening today ?

Apparently not.

Ben_Dover Ben_Dover 8:49 am 22 Aug 11

Did I miss it?

MickGreen MickGreen 11:53 pm 21 Aug 11

Skyring said :

MWF said :

I hope it freaking snows and they freeze their nasty arses off.

I will be giving them the good ol’ Canberra finger.

And we wonder why the rest of Australia thinks poorly of us.

I doubt that they’d be better received if they had threatened to clog up the Sydney CBD.

LSWCHP LSWCHP 10:59 pm 21 Aug 11

Skyring said :

MWF said :

I hope it freaking snows and they freeze their nasty arses off.

I will be giving them the good ol’ Canberra finger.

And we wonder why the rest of Australia thinks poorly of us.

I dunno. Only a few days ago, people involved in this gig were stating that they wanted to deadlock our city with their vehicles. If they came here to peacefully protest for a reasonable cause then good on ’em. I’m all for that sort of thing. But screwing over the people who live here while demanding an unconstitutional change of government thought up in some fantasy world makes me think of a bunch of kids having tantrums.

Overall, I’m not real thrilled by this crowd.

Henry82 Henry82 10:30 pm 21 Aug 11

In hindesight we should have alligned this event with “ride to work day”.

Brandi Brandi 10:26 pm 21 Aug 11

PBO said :

mareva said :

PBO said :

I am going to issue a warning to them; Turn back, or something bad happens to Slim Dusty.

Slim Dusty died eight years ago.

RIP.

Now you can see that i am serious.

Can I flag that comment as AWESOME.

Skyring Skyring 10:04 pm 21 Aug 11

MWF said :

I hope it freaking snows and they freeze their nasty arses off.

I will be giving them the good ol’ Canberra finger.

And we wonder why the rest of Australia thinks poorly of us.

Androyd Androyd 9:47 pm 21 Aug 11

I was held up on Federal Hwy for 5 mins around 4pm this Sunday arvo trying to cross into Watson by police escorting a bunch of trucks down towards Epic. Included a few big rigs with banners saying “I’m against stuff Alan Jones hates” (or something like that), plus a a campaign truck for obese Liberal MP Bob Baldwin. It’s going to be a loooong Monday…

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 7:20 pm 21 Aug 11

I-filed said :

I just tootled up Majura Lane & down the last bit of the Federal Highway and past Epic to catch the vibe – didn’t spot a single truck. I would be heading down Northbourne as usual tomorrow morning if that was my route!

Mark Parton has Tweeted audio interviews with two drivers. So there must be at least that many there!

I-filed I-filed 4:33 pm 21 Aug 11

I just tootled up Majura Lane & down the last bit of the Federal Highway and past Epic to catch the vibe – didn’t spot a single truck. I would be heading down Northbourne as usual tomorrow morning if that was my route!

farnarkler farnarkler 3:20 pm 21 Aug 11

Just my luck, I’m starting a new job right in Garema Place and I have to cross Northbourne on my bicycle!!! Anyone know if the pedestrian lights near the ambulance station will be turned off? Might have to risk walking through the storm drain tunnel near there.

Watson Watson 3:08 pm 21 Aug 11

I feel so extremely lucky that I live close enough to work to ride the bike! I just hope we’ll manage to cross the road to get to our Inner North school with all the traffic that will be passing there.

Classified Classified 2:55 pm 21 Aug 11

It almost sounds as though the seriousness of the whole thing is evaporating. So a bunch of people park their trucks by the road, woohoo…

PBO PBO 2:40 pm 21 Aug 11

mareva said :

PBO said :

I am going to issue a warning to them; Turn back, or something bad happens to Slim Dusty.

Slim Dusty died eight years ago.

RIP.

Now you can see that i am serious.

NickD NickD 12:49 pm 21 Aug 11

EvanJames said :

I think tacking together a string of unrelated issues has harmed this mob, as people start to question being associated with some of it.

Holding a protest on a weekday in which participants are expected to turn up with their work vehicle is also a bit ambitious. It will be interesting to see what the turnout is.

EvanJames EvanJames 12:12 pm 21 Aug 11

In the CT today there’s a story about Ablett of Ablett transport, Queanbeyan, saying that now, several of the convoys will be entering Canberra on Sunday afternoon/evening, to lessen disruption of Canberra traffic on Monday morning. I haven’t seen this anywhere else though.

Ablett also pointed out that he’s in it about the carbon tax, not the other issues. I think tacking together a string of unrelated issues has harmed this mob, as people start to question being associated with some of it.

molongloid molongloid 11:53 am 21 Aug 11

Looking for alternatives to the-riotact, twitter, facebook, etc for keeping on top of this in real time? UHF CB channel 40 might be good to listen to as that is the usual highway / truck channel.

I-filed I-filed 10:24 am 21 Aug 11

My prediction: 120 trucks altogether and the same again in smaller ve-hickles.

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