Today’s Canberra Times is reporting that contracts for the construction of the Gungahlin Drive Extension (GDE) have been awarded to a local consortium.
Urban Services Minister John Hargreaves appears confident that work on the GDE will be commencing shortly – expecting that a Federal Court appeal by Save the Ridge will be dismissed. Always wanting to be wet blankets, STR are screeching that the Federal Court will uphold their appeal, and that Hargreaves is counting his chickens too early.
When STR’s Federal Court appeal is dismissed, their only recourse will be with the High Court. Some legally minded readers may wish to inform us as to what section of the Constitution they could argue their case against (the environment is not quoted in the Constitution). If anything, it will simply be another delaying tactic for those concerned about their property values.
STR currently has $70 000 lodged with the Federal Court. Should STR lose their appeal, they will be required to pay this amount to the ACT and Federal Governments. The ACT Government can also seek further compensation from STR for additional legal and administrative costs.