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The Zumba Zone goes under the hammer

By johnboy 30 June 2011 23

50 Marcus Clarke

The Australian brings word that Lang Walker is looking to sell the DEEWR bouncy castle for $280 million.

Mr Walker, who remains cashed up after selling most of his massive property holdings in 2006 for $1.25bn, told The Australian he was upbeat about the prospects for Canberra and would wade deeper into that market after the DEEWR project went “exceptionally well”.

“We have had over the years a pretty good exposure to Canberra. We have a major industrial estate down there and finished last year a 40,000sq m commercial building to DEEWR on a 15-year lease,” Mr Walker said.

“We probably know a lot more about the Canberra market than we did a few years ago. We think there is a fair bit of depth down there. The second-grade office space has been hammered very heavily.”

Just as long as they can keep a lid on the zumba.

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Gungahlin Al 2:15 pm 01 Jul 11

breda said :

Al said:

“It is now that millions of taxpayer $$ were sunk into fixing it. Two years ago it was worse than any Gungahlin road ever has been. How soon we forget…

It probably great for you in Qbyn never having to be concerned about how much the ACT Government (i.e. us) has to spend on roads – particularly to support commuters from over the border, many of whom end up rat running through the back streets of Watson, Hackett and Ainslie.”

Al, you are a strong advocate for your area and that is fair enough. But, in the bigger picture, it makes more sense to build infrastructure where there is demand for it than to build it and hope that they will come. You seem to resent the fact that BBP is a success, and that it is not located in Gungahlin (where expenditure on roads would be just fine, according to you).

As others have pointed out, the location is quite accessible to large swathes of Canberra and surrounding regions. It is just petty to say that nothing should be built anywhere near Queanbeyan because they are just a bunch of freeloaders. As you know perfectly well, Canberra/Queanbeyan is effectively one economy these days, like Albury/Wodonga or the Qld/NSW border area.

It is a bit rich to simultaneously complain about traffic (rat-runners) while seeking increased traffic in the form of an employment hub which would attract people from all over the region.

Have no problem with offices in Qbyn. If I were despot, I shift the ACT border out to encompass Bungendore and Yass. Entire social, geographic and economic catchments in the one jurisdiction.

I have always promoted a balanced approach. You are interpreting that as a polar position, and it is not correct.

breda 1:57 pm 01 Jul 11

Al said:

“It is now that millions of taxpayer $$ were sunk into fixing it. Two years ago it was worse than any Gungahlin road ever has been. How soon we forget…

It probably great for you in Qbyn never having to be concerned about how much the ACT Government (i.e. us) has to spend on roads – particularly to support commuters from over the border, many of whom end up rat running through the back streets of Watson, Hackett and Ainslie.”

Al, you are a strong advocate for your area and that is fair enough. But, in the bigger picture, it makes more sense to build infrastructure where there is demand for it than to build it and hope that they will come. You seem to resent the fact that BBP is a success, and that it is not located in Gungahlin (where expenditure on roads would be just fine, according to you).

As others have pointed out, the location is quite accessible to large swathes of Canberra and surrounding regions. It is just petty to say that nothing should be built anywhere near Queanbeyan because they are just a bunch of freeloaders. As you know perfectly well, Canberra/Queanbeyan is effectively one economy these days, like Albury/Wodonga or the Qld/NSW border area.

It is a bit rich to simultaneously complain about traffic (rat-runners) while seeking increased traffic in the form of an employment hub which would attract people from all over the region.

Gungahlin Al 1:25 pm 01 Jul 11

qbngeek said :

BBP is actually quite centrally located for people who live in the Inner North, Civic, Queanbeyan/Jerrabomberra and the entire southside. It seems to me the only people doing the whinging are the people from Gungahlin who have an over-inflated sense of self worth and believe that the rest of us should come to them, even though the roads around Gungahlin are laid out in a way that creates traffic and, form what I know from people who live and work out there, the telecommunications infrastructure would crap itself in about 20 mins if there were any decent sized offices out there.

BBP has been mentiioned as a location for my workplace to move to and the biggest reason for that is because it is centrally located for all the staff. If we moved to Gungahlin like you seem to think we should then about 80% of us would be driving out there from other parts of the ACT and Queanbeyan. HOw does that make more sense than 20% of the staff driving to BBP??

Your argument on the load on the road network is stupid. The road network at BBP is much more capable of handling traffic than the roads around Gungahlin. The Gungahlin town cente becomes gridlocked with 100 cars there, what would happen if there were 3000 there each day.

It is now that millions of taxpayer $$ were sunk into fixing it. Two years ago it was worse than any Gungahlin road ever has been. How soon we forget…

It probably great for you in Qbyn never having to be concerned about how much the ACT Government (i.e. us) has to spend on roads – particularly to support commuters from over the border, many of whom end up rat running through the back streets of Watson, Hackett and Ainslie.

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