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Simon again fails to answer the questions, this time with Snow

By johnboy - 4 July 2006 66

The ABC has a curious story in which Terry Snow asks if Simon Corbell’s got a plan or if he’s just hiving off slabs of land in Civic to developers as the mood takes him?

RiotACT is still waiting for the answers Simon’s office promised to our reader’s questions. So it’s no surprise that, instead of answering the question, Simon goes off on rant about how Terry Snow is his enemy:

“Terry Snow is currently in a fiercely fought battle with elements of the ACT Government, our planning authority and our land development agency over the release of the epicentre site at Fyshwick.

“He sought to take the ACT Government to court over that issue and failed, he’s referred the issue to the ACT auditor-general, he’s continuously writing letters to me and his company writing legal letters to me over the issue.”

Very good Simon, and the answer is?

UPDATED: 11 minutes after I posted this story Mr. Corbell responded in the comments below:

Johnboy

I did reply to Mr Snows false allegations, on 666 radio this morning. The ACT Government has an agreed development plan for the City Hill Precinct, which is the result of the Canberra Central Taskforce reccomendations. This development plan, which retains City Hill as a park, is agreed with the National Capital Authority, and will be implemented through an amendment to the National Capital Plan by the NCA.

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Simon again fails to answer the questions, this time with Snow
Big Al 7:46 am 05 Jul 06

Sorry – explain to me again how stating the bleeding obvious about the incompetence of the Stanhope Government somehow makes me a Liberal.

Pandy 7:19 am 05 Jul 06

Al, gives us some ideas from the Liberal way of thinking.

Planning is vested with the Commonwealth sure. And the Commonwealth does not give a shit about local government, especially a Labor one. Thats the real deal. the Feds never listened to our concerns over the last 6 years or so, but only now are they coming to the party: when getting to the airport started to become a pain in the arse for all but the PM>

Simon is your only choice in this LABOR Government. There is not much talent on the backbenchers that I can see, to replace him. So rather then bag him, so that he wont listen to you, give some constructive ideas and lobby your Liberal mate Gary to do something.

Big Al 6:51 am 05 Jul 06

What exactly is the issue at the airport? Planning authority on that land is vested with the Commonwealth. Whinging about what they’re doing there is as pathetic as Queanbeyan whinging about what the ACT government is doing. The simple fact is that it’s just another beat-up by the Stanhope Government.

If Simon Corbell doesn’t have a way to properly manage the interaction between the ACT Government and the Airport it kind of starts looking like he’s out of ideas, like he’s out of his depth. Lead or get out of the way Simon – pick one.

Pandy 11:53 pm 04 Jul 06

And you would do better Big Al?

Canberra is broke. The Libs want to piss-up $200million on a dam and other projects. I doubt they would have the money or the guts to tackle the issues steming from the airport.

I can tell you none of the Labor cohorts like Snowjob.

In terms of Civic, well development means releasing land to develop things. It is great to see what is happening there. But Simon, dont forget the parking issues. Look at what you propose with the parking DV around Woden; hope it flows on to all the other centres.

Big Al 10:08 pm 04 Jul 06

Here’s a bit of advice that I won’t charge for Simon – Voters probably want a little less whinging bitch and a bit more constructive policy. If you don’t have a way forward with planning, if you cant figure out an effective response to balancing the complexities of the full range of issues, if you’re not competent enough to bring around you the right talent to get you the advice you need then its time you pissed off and let someone competent have a crack at it.

Lets face it mate – a mediocre political mover and shaker you might be – but you’re B team to the bone. As a rule – when you find yourself in a hole, the best thing to do is to stop digging…

Maelinar 9:46 pm 04 Jul 06

Simon, I saw your interview the other night – ?stateline? and want to take the opportunity to congratulate you on a very good performance.

You were correct in saying that the Airport development was never an ACT planning issue, and that the Fyshwick development adjacent the airport was, and that the entire resultant shitheap has fallen squarely upon local government while the feds are lapping up the kudos for a job well done, and Queanbeyan is shitting themselves at the possibility of an overdeveloped border in comparison to their redundant civic area.

So I ask you this:

In order to provide extra-special out-of-planning cycle plumbing, road services, water gas electricity etc, will you be charging the Airport development a higher fee for the provision of those services which are being provided at the detriment of ordinary Canberrans who would otherwise be consuming those resources ?

Pandy 8:26 pm 04 Jul 06

Well you are very correct Ant. (Sorry but you cannot kill file here :-)). I was very surprised to see how much development there is at the airport when I attended the runway extension open day: and it will grow 4 fold!

I frankly think that the feds should ‘fess-up and place money into fixing the problem of their doing, by giving Snowjob unfettered powers to do what he wants.

I had the misfortune to drive through the area on my return from the coast on a week day, and bloody hell it is a bottle neck from the airport to Russell.

ant 8:15 pm 04 Jul 06

The ACT gov’t has a real problem, with the airport not subject to the planning laws that THEY administer. But the ACT gov’t has to handle the fall-out, like the traffic debacle around the airport every morning and evening.

Snow could build and internal road to handle the traffic generated by the airport development, but he sits back and demands that the ACT gov’t “do something”. They haven’t budgeted for major roadworks as the airport development (buildings, shops etc) was not part of their planning.

It’s getting a bit ridiculous.

Pandy 7:59 pm 04 Jul 06

Lay off Simon.

Snowjob is the enemy (except that he is right about the absurdity around housing under the flight corridors).

apostropheman 5:18 pm 04 Jul 06

Just as well the Minister for Planning isn’t also the Minister for Education: “Mr Snows (sic) false allegations” should be written as “Mr Snow’s false allegations”. No wonder the ACT Government is all at sea…

Mr Evil 5:09 pm 04 Jul 06

Viagra would take him from Seven-Storey Simon to Nine-Storey Simon.

Ari 5:05 pm 04 Jul 06

“Harden up” tablets?

How would Viagra help?

vg 4:53 pm 04 Jul 06

Grow a ticker Simon and answer the questions put to you weeks ago. Both you and your government are quick to launch in to someone when you feel personally offended, but won’t answer cogent and reasonable questions put to you on this forum.

You can’t have it both ways. Either answer the questions put to you here or don’t bother posting. This forum is not your personal soap box to only use when you see fit to address the minions.

Take a big dose of ‘harden up’ tablets and answer what is put here

Kerces 4:18 pm 04 Jul 06

And our questions Simon?

Or were they too difficult?

Simon Corbell 4:09 pm 04 Jul 06

Johnboy

I did reply to Mr Snows false allegations, on 666 radio this morning. The ACT Government has an agreed development plan for the City Hill Precinct, which is the result of the Canberra Central Taskforce reccomendations. This development plan, which retains City Hill as a park, is agreed with the National Capital Authority, and will be implemented through an amendment to the National Capital Plan by the NCA.

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