Shared Services fingered as the Gungahlin penal battalion

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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Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 4:08 pm 11 Jan 12

HenryBG said :

ThrowawayAccount said :

In order to make this work, they are definately going to need to invest in a proper (direct) bus service to Gungahlin from other town centres – which I don’t think currently exists.

Yes. If I’m working in Woden, I’m looking at a 15minute ride on the bus to get there. To get to Gungahlin, I guess I’d be looking at an additional 15 minute ride to get to Civic, and then who-knows-how many hours to get to Gungahlin. I’m pretty sure there would be zero chance of me following shared services out there – life’s too short.

Yep I’m thinking that – in lieu of light rail links, which would be fast enough to not matter – a direct peak time Gungahlin – Woden bus service would be the primary service improvement that we should be pushing for as part of this.

HenryBG HenryBG 3:30 pm 11 Jan 12

ThrowawayAccount said :

In order to make this work, they are definately going to need to invest in a proper (direct) bus service to Gungahlin from other town centres – which I don’t think currently exists.

Yes. If I’m working in Woden, I’m looking at a 15minute ride on the bus to get there. To get to Gungahlin, I guess I’d be looking at an additional 15 minute ride to get to Civic, and then who-knows-how many hours to get to Gungahlin. I’m pretty sure there would be zero chance of me following shared services out there – life’s too short.

ThrowawayAccount ThrowawayAccount 8:04 pm 10 Jan 12

I wonder if the powers that be have taken into account the great big data centre sitting in Callam (Note the spelling Rioters….), and the cost of moving it? And never mind the big money that was just spent putting in a fire suppression system…ahh well, I guess it’s only money, and it’s not like the ACT Government is struggling to balance the books – oh wait….

In order to make this work, they are definately going to need to invest in a proper (direct) bus service to Gungahlin from other town centres – which I don’t think currently exists.

shirty_bear shirty_bear 10:41 am 10 Jan 12

Bluey said :

There is no pay parking Gungahlin.

Yet.

poetix poetix 10:10 am 10 Jan 12

Gungahlin Al said :

But you should drop back some time – there is far more in the way of dining than burgers. There may not be any Corgettes or similar, but who really enjoys paying $20 for an entree the size of a kiwi fruit?

Courgette. And it’s not necessarily the size that counts, GA!

Bluey Bluey 9:36 am 10 Jan 12

thatsnotme said :

Bluey said :

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.

Round trip, not one way, so the trip has increased 25km one way, not 50km.

I see, at least you have 2 years at least to figure out how to deal with it.

I-filed said :

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.

There is no pay parking Gungahlin. Compared to $7+ a day in Woden, theres your fuel difference covered. I used to bus Gungahlin to Woden. 1 hour 20 mins. Then I bought a motorbike and it took 25 minutes.

At the end of the day though its only 4-500 people and its Shared Services ICT based in that building not the paper shuffling HR area which is in Eclipse House in Civic.

Callam offices is the WORST building Ive ever had the displeasure to work in. Estimates were around $50million to revamp it to standards others have in Civic and Belconnen. I cant imagine who will possibly buy the building as Im pretty sure its on some sory of protected building list due it unusual construction.

Ah yes see here: http://www.environment.act.gov.au/heritage/heritage_register/register_by_suburb?sq_content_src=%2BdXJsPWh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZ3d3cuY21kLmFjdC5nb3YuYXUlMkZfX2RhdGElMkZhc3NldHMlMkZwZGZfZmlsZSUyRjAwMDMlMkYxNDg0NTglMkYxMjQyLnBkZiZhbGw9MQ%3D%3D

So potentially it cant be knocked down for units. Who would buy it then?

Gungahlin Al Gungahlin Al 9:22 am 10 Jan 12

poetix said :

Bluey said :

poetix said :

Burghers of Gungahlin: the area’s top restaurant.

That doesnt make sense.

Sesame seed pun (and a very stale one too) based on a phrase in the story. I was commenting on my perceptions of the amenities of Gungahlin, while trying not to be boring like this.

I love explaining jokes.

And explaining a pun with more puns! 🙂
But you should drop back some time – there is far more in the way of dining than burgers. There may not be any Corgettes or similar, but who really enjoys paying $20 for an entree the size of a kiwi fruit?

Dork Dork 9:22 am 10 Jan 12

Yeah, it’ll add a good 20-30 minutes to my trip to work. Considering they have 10 of us sittting over 4 desks where we are now it’ll be a lot better though. Though it’ll probably be past my time when they do eventually move us anyway. I’m pretty sure there is more than 500 shared services staff, so where are the rest going to go? I just hope the parking is cheaper.

poetix poetix 8:52 am 10 Jan 12

Bluey said :

poetix said :

Burghers of Gungahlin: the area’s top restaurant.

That doesnt make sense.

Sesame seed pun (and a very stale one too) based on a phrase in the story. I was commenting on my perceptions of the amenities of Gungahlin, while trying not to be boring like this.

I love explaining jokes.

steveu steveu 8:11 am 10 Jan 12

Fully appreciate how workers who have worked in one area for years, probably have kids in childcare nearby to their work location could be disrupted. Given the way the Fed govt shifts people around canberra every 6-12 months (Centrelink was famous for this) I think ACT Govt has been lucky (Im sure there would be others that disagree). The accommodation in Callum from what I understand is in the need of a major fitout, and I guess the new accommodation will give them a more comfortable working environment (physically anyway).

A plus for Gunghalin though.

bikhet bikhet 7:08 am 10 Jan 12

I-filed said :

… 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.

A better way to reduce car usage would be to provide better options. Without doing that, lowering the number of car spaces required for dwellings will only lead to an increase in on-street parking.

Mr Waffle Mr Waffle 1:06 am 10 Jan 12

On one hand, I’m sure at least some staff will be glad to be out of Callum Offices, which I’ve heard is craptacular. On the other, sucks to be a staff member living on the southside…

thatsnotme thatsnotme 11:58 pm 09 Jan 12

Bluey said :

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.

Round trip, not one way, so the trip has increased 25km one way, not 50km.

Thumper Thumper 9:15 pm 09 Jan 12

Ian said :

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.

Probably a very good point, however, overall, and if it remains, this is a good idea.

I-filed 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 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 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 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 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 Bluey 4:50 pm 09 Jan 12

poetix said :

Burghers of Gungahlin: the area’s top restaurant.

That doesnt make sense.

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