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Snow Town (Canberra Airport) prepping for even more growth.

By Jonathon Reynolds - 28 November 2007 33

It appears that Canberra Airport is preparing to go 24/7 as a regional freight hub based on an article in the Canberra Times and copies of the CIA Masterplan.

According to the CT article: “Australia’s largest airport and primary freight destination, Sydney Airport, is constrained by an overnight curfew and is reaching capacity, prompting Canberra Airport to develop the biggest freight hub in eastern Australia over the next 20 years.

I guess the upshot of this is there will be even more office development out at the airport that will side skirt the territorial planning regime (depriving the various town centres any additional office based employment), potentially more aircraft noise as more planes will be flying 24/7 (even though it is cleverly disguised by the ANEF standards), and finally continuation of the ubiquitous traffic problems past the airport precinct (even though some road upgrades are planned).

Members of the public are invited to give written comments about the Preliminary Draft to Canberra International Airport within 60 business days after the publication of the notice. Comments may be submitted in writing to:

Canberra International Airport
1/2 Brindabella Circuit
Canberra Airport ACT 2609

Contact: Alison Howship
Telephone: (02) 6275 2291

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33 Responses to
Snow Town (Canberra Airport) prepping for even more growth.
ant 9:50 pm 28 Nov 07

The road work to be run by the airport won’t fix the traffic bottlenecks, it’ll just move them down to the areas around Majura, Moreshead, and Fairbairn Ave. What it will do is make a grander entrance to the airport. Our taxes will pay for most of it anyway, and Federal Labor said they kick in money to extend the works and make them more useful.

I love the way that objections are to be sent to…. the airport. Not some umpire, some independant arbiter. Nope, you send them to the airport. I wonder what that will do?

Deano 9:50 pm 28 Nov 07

The argument against Snow is that he is making money at the expense of many Canberrans:
Those who have to pay to work at the airport

As opposed to those who have to pay to work in Civic, Woden, Belconnen or Tuggeranong.

Those who have to drive anywhere near the airport

As opposed to those who have to drive anywhere near Gunghalin, Woden, Hume, Calwell, Civic etc during the 15min peak hour

Pialligo who are having their front yards resumed to build roads to the airport

Actually, no land is being resumed and in any case it is closer to backyards, not frontyards.

Northside/tuggers residents who have to listen to the planes

As opposed to Tralee developers who will make a motsa if they can sell their land in the current noise corridor.

And now potentially we will have to be woken up by their planes in the middle of the night.

Only if the airport loses its noise corridor and has to implement noise sharing.

OpenYourMind2 5:33 pm 28 Nov 07

I just hope some of the politicans involved in the original sale of the airport, who arrive in the VIP jets at Fairbairn get stuck in the traffic.

With an extra 1000 people working at Fairbairn, the intersection of Glenora Dr and Fairbairn Ave is sure to be the site of a serious accident before too long.

I like how Mr Snow is estimated to be worth half a billion is throwing a lousy 4million toward the project to rectify the road chaos he has created and ACT residents have to wear.

Is Terry Snow even an ACT resident?

Mr Evil 3:56 pm 28 Nov 07

Yeah, but think of the benefits: pizzas might be $5 cheaper if they can fly the supplies right into Canberra at 4am! 🙂

sepi 1:14 pm 28 Nov 07

The argument against Snow is that he is making money at the expense of many Cnaberrans:

Those who have to pay to work at the airport
Those who have to drive anywhere near the airport
Pialligo who are having their front yards resumed to build roads to the airport
Northside/tuggers residents who have to listen to the planes
And now potentially we will have to be woken up by their planes in the middle of the night.

S4anta 1:08 pm 28 Nov 07

and if the retuen arguement is based around cash revenues not going to the public, CAG is a listed company so suck it in and buy shares.

S4anta 1:07 pm 28 Nov 07

Don’t have a problem. If the Snows can take on the ACT Government and win (while many others do have the tenacity, cash or collective intelligence) I fail to see why most canberrans are up in arms about a few other canberrans trying to kick start an economy that the government cannot.

Mr Evil 12:45 pm 28 Nov 07

I was hoping that Snow might ask the USAF to base some of their B-52s in Canberra – that’d be awesome! 🙂

Jonathon Reynolds 12:27 pm 28 Nov 07

@sepi,

I was thinking about that… I wonder if Stanhope will leverage the fact that there is Labor at both ACT and Federal levels to get the relevant legislation amended so that the Territory once again assumes control for planning at the Airport?

sepi 12:20 pm 28 Nov 07

bugger.

If stanhope hates snow, why doesn’t he legislate against this?

MelonHead 12:15 pm 28 Nov 07

A related article in the CT talks about low cost carriers bringing more tourism to the ACT. Given the current state of getting a taxi at Canberra Airport, you would have to feel sorry for any increased numbers of people arriving here.

Also, how long do we think it will be till we come to know the place as “Snow and Friends Absolute Bonanza of rental properties that incidentally have a runway between them” rather than Canberra Airport?

Thumper 11:59 am 28 Nov 07

yeah then, what about that US underground base at the old Navy site at Lawson…

hey?

Joe Canberran 11:55 am 28 Nov 07

Do you realise that by using the phrase “CIA Masterplan” you’ll now be attracting all the kinds of freaks and conspiracy cranks via Google?

Cool 😉

Skidbladnir 11:37 am 28 Nov 07

Do you realise that by using the phrase “CIA Masterplan” you’ll now be attracting all the kinds of freaks and conspiracy cranks via Google?

Deano 11:28 am 28 Nov 07

I guess the upshot of this is there will be even more people with barrows to push.

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