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Summernats traffic arrangements

By johnboy - 5 January 2011 55

With Summernats starting tomorrow the Department of Territory and Municipal Services is giving notice of the traffic changes they’re planning for the event:

• Delays are to be expected on Flemington Road. Motorists are advised to use the Gungahlin Drive route to and from Gungahlin. Alternative routes will be signposted.

• The possible closure of the southbound carriageway of Flemington Road between Lysaght Street and Randwick Road if significant traffic congestion is experienced. The northbound carriageway will remain open to traffic. Buses and taxis will still be able to use Flemington Road in both directions between Northbourne Avenue and Randwick Road.

• Stirling Avenue will be closed between Northbourne Avenue and Aspinall Street in Watson.

• Phillip Avenue and Swinden Street will remain open to traffic at all times.

• Delays are also to be expected on Northbourne Avenue near EPIC, although access along Northbourne Avenue will still be permitted. Motorists will be encouraged to use the signposted alternative routes of Antill Street and Wakefield Avenue.

• Additional parking will be available to the north of EPIC, accessed via Sandford Street or Wells Station Road.

• An ‘Alcohol Fee Zone’ will be created along Aspinall Street, Stirling Avenue, Northbourne Avenue, Lonsdale Street and the Federal Highway, as well as short sections of Wells Station Road, Phillip Avenue and the parking area north of Exhibition Park. These zones will be signposted.

• ‘No Parking’ and ‘No Camping’ signs will be erected on both sides of Northbourne Avenue

The ‘Nats this year are running from 6 January to 9 January.

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55 Responses to
Summernats traffic arrangements
EvanJames 1:54 pm 05 Jan 11

“I have never thought about it but why don’t we have V8 Supercars in the Nations Capital?”

Because the last time they had it, it sent WatersEdge broke?

On other unrelated forums on the internet the last few weeks, I’ve seen various boganish people talking about how much they’re looking forward to heading to Canberra for the Summernats, and not once has any of them mentioned cars. They do mention Having Fun, Getting Drunk (very), Letting It All Hang Out, and various unspecified action to do with “chicks”.

I also would like to see a proper cost benefit analysis. Some businesses make some money (many of whom travel to Canberra for the event to flog stuff), but how much is spent on law enforcement, fixing the filthy mess, the vandalism, the damage to people’s own private property, and of course the noise and stench that the residents nearby have to put up with.

Chop71 1:27 pm 05 Jan 11

H1NGO +1

I have never thought about it but why don’t we have V8 Supercars in the Nations Capital?

H1NG0 1:12 pm 05 Jan 11

“Ah Summernats. Let the whinging begin. Don’t you just love it when the Canberra left wing greenie latte set object to anything which has anything to do with male culture/boganism/the real Australia beyond the ACT. Most of us just sit back and have a wry giggle as they spout their precious, highly predictable nonsense.”

I love motorsport and car shows but Summernats is a festering turd of an excuse for a car festival. I am not a greeny in the slightest sense of the term either. Personally, I would love to see them ditch Summernats and concentrate on brining back the V8 Supercars. Look what it has done for Townsville, Gold Coast and Homebush. Those are proper motor festivals.

LSWCHP 1:07 pm 05 Jan 11

“Ah Summernats. Let the whinging begin. Don’t you just love it when the Canberra left wing greenie latte set object to anything which has anything to do with male culture/boganism/the real Australia beyond the ACT. Most of us just sit back and have a wry giggle as they spout their precious, highly predictable nonsense.”

What a knob. Someone like Francois Dillinger makes some pretty reasonable comments regarding this gathering of arsehats, and the benefits or non-benefits thereof, and the only response from this tool is to start waffling furiously and meaninglessly about left-wing greenie latte drinkers.

This is the least worthwhile post I have ever seen on this site. I know I’m just feeding a nasty little troll, but somehow I just can’t stop myself.

Spectra 1:05 pm 05 Jan 11

Most of us just sit back and have a wry giggle as they spout their precious, highly predictable nonsense.

Meanwhile, of course, the other side of things is just as predictable and nonsensical. I’m with niftydog – if that’s “The Real Australia” then let’s just build a wall around the ACT border – I’m quite happy to have nothing to do with it. (Of course, having been to some of the rest of Australia, I’m happy to report that that is not in fact the case).

niftydog 12:59 pm 05 Jan 11

I had the misfortune of working at a few Summernats, and if that is “the real Australia beyond the ACT” then I am a chocolate cake with frosting and sprinkles.

georgesgenitals 12:56 pm 05 Jan 11

C’mon guys, it’ll all be over before you know it… Might be fun to have a walk through Braddon this Friday night!

John Moulis 12:20 pm 05 Jan 11

Ah Summernats. Let the whinging begin. Don’t you just love it when the Canberra left wing greenie latte set object to anything which has anything to do with male culture/boganism/the real Australia beyond the ACT. Most of us just sit back and have a wry giggle as they spout their precious, highly predictable nonsense.

Lilli 12:17 pm 05 Jan 11

..or perhaps I should email TAMS and ask what fee patrons must pay in order to drink alcohol in these areas?

Lilli 12:16 pm 05 Jan 11

Hmm, I wonder if this ‘Alcohol Fee Zone’ is another revenue raising tactic!

Francois Dillinger 12:13 pm 05 Jan 11

Probably the most irritating part about it all is that complaining makes you a prude in some people’s eyes. I’ve got nothing against motorsports or special interests groups getting together (especially in Canberra and bringing tourist money), but Summernats really is the pits.

I’d like to see a proper economic analysis (christ I do sound like a prude) of the costs and benefits to Canberra.

Sure there are increases in hotel/motel bookings and an increase in dosh spent around the city, but there are huge externalities associated with hosting the event, not least of which the huge police presence required to keep the rabble under control. Of course, not all attendees are rabble (I’d be putting family and close friends in said basket if it were the case) but you’d have to be deaf blind and stupid to argue that there isnt a spike in anti-social behaviour and crime ‘co-inciding’ with the time and place.

Putting aside those horror stories we all know of the watson motels rooms being trashed beyond recognition, I think there is a strong argument to say that the event doesnt belong (at least in its current form) in Canberra.

eyeLikeCarrots 11:54 am 05 Jan 11

January 10th – my favorite day of 2011

H1NG0 11:49 am 05 Jan 11

I can almost hear the douche

EvanJames 10:42 am 05 Jan 11

Any weird looking car sightings yet? I haven’t seen any.

Francois Dillinger 10:38 am 05 Jan 11

Summernats… Canberra’s annual four days of purgatory.

What more can be expected when the visitors need to be actively informed that they cannot camp or park their cars on Northbourne Avenue.

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