Im not actually a STR zealot, but i might go along just to see how many STR zealots actually still exist. These meetings are usually a lot of fun (to watch).
1 SAVE THE RIDGE’s NEXT MEMBERS MEETING, on Monday 2nd May at 7:30pm in the O’Connor Uniting church hall, corner of Scrivener and Brigalow Streets in O’Connor.
The topic is the Belconnen busway that the Stanhope Government wishes to build through parts of Bruce Ridge (can you believe it?). Guest speaker will be Faye Powell, the Project Director for the Government’s Sustainable Transport Plan. The first stage of this plan involves the Belconnen to Civic busway, projected to cost $85-150 million. Part of the route runs through Bruce Ridge to Canberra Stadium. If the busway goes ahead as planned it will result in the loss of more bushland for a road.
The Government recently awarded a $570,000 contract to Brown Consulting and Purdon Associates who will each bring a representative to the meeting. Their jobs are to assess the environmental, heritage, economic, social and operational aspects of the plan. Brown Consulting has been involved in work on Gungahlin Drive Extension, the ACT Prison project and the Fairbairn Avenue project (Chronicle April 19 p3). If you would like to express your anger and dismay at the proposal that another road should go through Canberra Nature Park then PLEASE COME ALONG!
2 STR WALK ON THE RIDGE to look at regrowth, Saturday 7th May 11am.
Meet on the cycle path behind the CIT parking lot on Purdie Street (informal walk, duration about 1 hour).
It is over a year now that the first trees were bulldozed in Canberra Nature Park for the Gungahlin Drive Extension. STRÂ¹s legal action has meant that the contracts to build the GDE are on hold. In the meantime, the bush is regenerating. This walk will take you to two sites to examine the regrowth. We will invite the media for a photo opportunity so everyone knows the bush can regenerate IF THE GDE IS NEVER BUILT!
Please come along to these events and support STR!