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Shared Services fingered as the Gungahlin penal battalion

By johnboy - 9 January 2012 29

Chief Minister Gallagher has the exciting news that Woden’s Callum Offices Shared Services staff have been chosen to be the long promised Gungahlin penal battalion of the ACT Public Service:

“In May last year, the Government announced we would move 500 staff to Gungahlin,” Ms Gallagher said.

“Today we have announced those staff will be from Shared Services in the Treasury Directorate – moving many of them from the aged accommodation at Callam Offices in Woden.

“The Government has received nine registrations of interest from the development sector to build offices – both on our land and developer’s own land – and we are aiming to start building this year or early next.

“This is great news for businesses and residents of Gungahlin – not only are we bringing 500 jobs to the town centre, but this will in turn create jobs as businesses grow and open in Gungahlin.”

Ms Gallagher and Mr Barr said this project is another example of the ACT Labor Government’s commitment to the people of Gungahlin.

“This employment hub is another major piece of infrastructure for the people of Gungahlin, delivered by this Labor Government,” Ms Gallagher said.

Katy’s been out getting her Kim Jong-Il on and looking at the potential sites. They’re hoping to do some actual building this year, or maybe not.

One hopes the burghers of Gungahlin are suitable grateful.

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Shared Services fingered as the Gungahlin penal battalion
I-filed 9:02 pm 09 Jan 12

Oh god does this mean TWO-way Gungahlin traffic through the inner north?
Don’t you love Katie’s fake rhetoric about public transport. Like anyone is going to catch a bus to work in Gungahlin. Like there won’t be a “nod and wink” huge unofficial carpark allowed somewhere, like the one created on what used to be a beautiful picnic lawn at the National Library that is now an acre of cars every day.
Calling the ACT Government on its car hypocrisy: cheap rhetoric on public transport; then actively encouraging car culture through Summernats; and requiring two-bedroom dwellings to have TWO car spaces in complete contravention of sustainability and actually encouraging households to make do with one car.

Frustrated 8:11 pm 09 Jan 12

Ha Ha, glad i left there 11 years ago then, The old InTact group will be pissed off. Especially those who live around Woden.

Ian 8:10 pm 09 Jan 12

bd84 said :

Another perfect example of the government’s lack of logic. So they are planning to build the Jon Stanhope memorial mega building to get all core agencies in the one location in the city, but stick the centralised shared support services 15km away in Gungahlin? Great idea..

It’ll only be in Gungahlin till the election’s over. Then everyone will be back to the Jon Stanhope Administration Mega Centre.

Thumper 6:38 pm 09 Jan 12

bd84 said :

Another perfect example of the government’s lack of logic. So they are planning to build the Jon Stanhope memorial mega building to get all core agencies in the one location in the city, but stick the centralised shared support services 15km away in Gungahlin? Great idea..

Stop bringing logic into it!

bd84 6:17 pm 09 Jan 12

Another perfect example of the government’s lack of logic. So they are planning to build the Jon Stanhope memorial mega building to get all core agencies in the one location in the city, but stick the centralised shared support services 15km away in Gungahlin? Great idea..

Bluey 4:50 pm 09 Jan 12

poetix said :

Burghers of Gungahlin: the area’s top restaurant.

That doesnt make sense.

Watson 4:34 pm 09 Jan 12

Gungahlin Al said :

“One hopes the burghers of Gungahlin are suitable grateful.”

We certainly are.

GCC meetings have featured presentations by two of these proponents (both already owning land behind the Emergency Services and with plans ready to go), so to know there are another seven out there is quite intriguing.

But it does underline exactly what we have been saying to the ACT Government for more than five years – instead of guessing what the commercial market is like, put the land out there and see. From our discussions with various developers, we’ve always known that the limiting factor has not been interest, but land released to the market.

It’s harder now, with the squeeze of commercial credit, and had land been released four years ago, we’d probably already have office blocks by now.

This is where having the ACT Government put their ‘money where their mouth is’ has been the necessary catalyst. We believe that once this goes in, the whole local jobs situation will start to snowball. We put this argument to the government, they responded in line with our suggestion, so this news is most welcome to see after so many years of GCC lobbying.

You’ll also notice in the middle of the media release that they acknowledge there may be some infrastructure needs to be plugged as part of the equation. Direct public transport links between Gungahlin and Woden may be one gap in need of plugging. (Unnecessary of course if something very fast like light rail goes in…)

And if you’re in Gungahlin and you’d like to work locally, you now know what vacancies to start targeting!

I do and I will start looking!

poetix 2:59 pm 09 Jan 12

Burghers of Gungahlin: the area’s top restaurant.

dpm 2:48 pm 09 Jan 12

Oh dear, poor ACT Govt. Even when they try to do something to appease the vocal (?)minority, they still cop nothing but complaints! Hahahaha! Where’s Al when you need him? Surely this will be good for someone?!?

chewy14 2:37 pm 09 Jan 12

futto said :

Well that sucks for me….Changing a 10 km round trip on my pushbike to a 60 km one.

Sorry,
perhaps it’s time to move.

Gungahlin Al 2:34 pm 09 Jan 12

“One hopes the burghers of Gungahlin are suitable grateful.”

We certainly are.

GCC meetings have featured presentations by two of these proponents (both already owning land behind the Emergency Services and with plans ready to go), so to know there are another seven out there is quite intriguing.

But it does underline exactly what we have been saying to the ACT Government for more than five years – instead of guessing what the commercial market is like, put the land out there and see. From our discussions with various developers, we’ve always known that the limiting factor has not been interest, but land released to the market.

It’s harder now, with the squeeze of commercial credit, and had land been released four years ago, we’d probably already have office blocks by now.

This is where having the ACT Government put their ‘money where their mouth is’ has been the necessary catalyst. We believe that once this goes in, the whole local jobs situation will start to snowball. We put this argument to the government, they responded in line with our suggestion, so this news is most welcome to see after so many years of GCC lobbying.

You’ll also notice in the middle of the media release that they acknowledge there may be some infrastructure needs to be plugged as part of the equation. Direct public transport links between Gungahlin and Woden may be one gap in need of plugging. (Unnecessary of course if something very fast like light rail goes in…)

And if you’re in Gungahlin and you’d like to work locally, you now know what vacancies to start targeting!

Bluey 2:18 pm 09 Jan 12

futto said :

Well that sucks for me….Changing a 10 km round trip on my pushbike to a 60 km one.

Where the heck do you live? Its <20km from Woden to Gungahlin.

Unless you live in Bredbo I dont see how it can increase 50km?

I used to go the opposite, (Gunners to Woden) Takes 25 mins in the car in the morning. Suck it up.

Erg0 1:59 pm 09 Jan 12

The internet connection at Shared Services is going to get a workout this afternoon.

futto 1:56 pm 09 Jan 12

Well that sucks for me….Changing a 10 km round trip on my pushbike to a 60 km one.

OverLord 1:50 pm 09 Jan 12

Yay, more traffic with less road infrastructure. Thanks Katy.

Though really, could force some issues regarding infrastructure, so maybe it’s for the best. If anything it will at least benefit the Siren Bar come 2:30pm on Fridays.

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