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Radical lake plans everywhere

By johnboy 23 February 2007 8

The Canberra Times informs us that the NCA once again has nothing better to do with its time than draw up plans to “transform” another section of lake foreshore, this time on the south end of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge.

“Flynn Place will be removed, doubling the amount of open public space and paving the way for an eight-storey building, which will be either a hotel or convention or tourist-type centre.

The underpass under Commonwealth Avenue which links Flynn Drive to King Edward Terrace will be replaced by traffic light-controlled intersections.

The NCA is proposing a busy, mixed-use area from Coronation Drive to the edge of Lake Burley Griffin, known as the Albert Hall precinct.

Nice to see mixed use getting a run again, the lack of nearby amenity probably forced their hands on that one.

But do we really want more “precincts” tourism or otherwise?

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simbo 1:25 am 24 Feb 07

Nemo, this money’s coming from a different bucket. The Area around the lake is handled by the National Captial Authority – Federally funded. Infrastructure within suburbs is handled by the Legislative assembly – our beloved terrritory government.

Nemo 5:31 pm 23 Feb 07

The money would be better spent on badly needed infrastructure within suburbs. The area around the lake is fine as it is.

Pandy 12:45 pm 23 Feb 07

the idea will be a waste-land of deserted shops around Flynn Plaza. As a cafe spot it is way set back too far from the lake for a cuppucino. It will only work if it is part of the Convention Center.

As for closing the road: NO!!!!!! where will the V8s race once the Libs get back into power? seriously, it will make going for a drive around the lake un pleasurable and the access to the convention center will be compromised.

louise 11:23 am 23 Feb 07

I want to know what they have against the Rev John Flynn. First the ACT govt. closes the school bearing his name, then the NCA removes his ‘place’. What next?

Sammy 11:19 am 23 Feb 07

Section 1.1.6 of the Draft Amendment mentions a ‘High-Span Pedestrian Bridge’ being part of the proposal, but makes no mention of the Immigration Bridge (IB) proposal that was in the news last year.

Indeed, it specifically states that the high-span bridge is ‘yet-to-be designed’, whereas the IB is seemingly at an advanced stage of design.

We need to be careful we don’t continue to develop so much that we lose the open green space that many Canberrans live here for. There is a difference between real open green space and ‘planned common areas’. The ACT has managed to resist developing these areas so far, and the city is better for it. What about taking the lesser used or desirable parts of the lakefront and doing something with that?

(Cleaning out the causeway would be a good start)

Spectra 10:34 am 23 Feb 07

Nope – the plan specifically excludes any development around the memorial. You can see the details here.

Sammy 10:27 am 23 Feb 07

I wonder if this will have any impact on the Bender memorial, which is in that area.

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