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Tuggeranong Town Centre

By aussiebear - 27 April 2011 20

What’s going on in Tuggeranong? 

So much space for rent as shops – just look at the vacancies at the Homecentre as well as both in the Shopping centre and in the area around. 

Also Kmart looks like they can no longer afford stock!!

What’s Your opinion?


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Tuggeranong Town Centre
Skidbladnir 8:39 pm 27 Apr 11

mr reason said :

Interesting also that WBG misspells “territory” as “terratory” in said plans.

I noticed that too (hell, everybody noticed that one but no academic can explain beyond “maybe he just misspelled”), but thats his signature, and there are more Arsenal Town maps and archived information around.
Arsenal Town only made it as far as planning factories, but Dept of Public Works (I think) were concerned about combining small arms manufacturing and national command assets into one potential future military target.
So no sod ever turned.

Grunge hippy, what topic depth/time period are you looking to find out more back to, and what student age/interest level are to trying to cater for?
(Also, I seem to have hijacked a thread…)

Padoof 8:29 pm 27 Apr 11

mr reason said :

“These are his final signoff plans, but the possibility pictured died in 1918, when WWI ended and national priorities changed.”

Interesting also that WBG misspells “territory” as “terratory” in said plans.

The word ‘territory’ has a latin origin – ‘terra’ meaning land. It’s interesting to see how English evolves, perhaps once upon a time it was indeed correct as ‘terratory’.

creative_canberran 7:56 pm 27 Apr 11

arescarti42 said :

creative_canberran said :

The original NCDC plans for the area were far more grand even as late as 1987 when the Hyperdome was under construction. The Lake was to be a hive of activity and the Town Centre, truly at the centre.

Apparently it was originally planned to house 180,000-220,000 people. It actually had 87,000 people living there in the 2006 census.

Back in the 70s the NCDC must have thought that Canberra was rapidly heading for a 1 million + population. If you project current population growth into the future it’ll be 60+ years before Canberra reaches the 1 million mark.

As I previously said, Tuggeranong was to extend west across the river and reach that figure. That was cancelled.

One estimate in the 60s had Canberra reaching half a million by 1990. Didn’t quite make it now did we.

mr reason 7:20 pm 27 Apr 11

“These are his final signoff plans, but the possibility pictured died in 1918, when WWI ended and national priorities changed.”

Interesting also that WBG misspells “territory” as “terratory” in said plans.

arescarti42 7:18 pm 27 Apr 11

creative_canberran said :

The original NCDC plans for the area were far more grand even as late as 1987 when the Hyperdome was under construction. The Lake was to be a hive of activity and the Town Centre, truly at the centre.

Apparently it was originally planned to house 180,000-220,000 people. It actually had 87,000 people living there in the 2006 census.

Back in the 70s the NCDC must have thought that Canberra was rapidly heading for a 1 million + population. If you project current population growth into the future it’ll be 60+ years before Canberra reaches the 1 million mark.

Primal 7:14 pm 27 Apr 11

Evil_Kitten said :

What do you call Myer, Kmart, and Target?

I’d prefer those three to DJ’s and Big W which is why I go to the Hyperdome instead of Woden.

Spot on. Now if only they could move JB HiFi down to Tuggers…

gospeedygo 6:57 pm 27 Apr 11

Tuggeranong has a town centre? I thought it was just a tyre around a tree. But seriously, it probably isn’t terribly viable anymore.

rbw 6:48 pm 27 Apr 11

Skidbladnir said :

complete with a supporting community of workers, and the wonderfully descriptive name of Arsenal Town.

well its still true except they just dropped the nal

Evil_Kitten 6:41 pm 27 Apr 11

Sammy said :

a lack of decent majors (ie. DJ’s or Big W)

What do you call Myer, Kmart, and Target?

I’d prefer those three to DJ’s and Big W which is why I go to the Hyperdome instead of Woden.

grunge_hippy 6:38 pm 27 Apr 11

that stuff is gold skid, I am trying to write a unit for my class about the history tuggeranong and this is very interesting. Anything else you could help with (or at least a direction to start looking) would be great!

Skidbladnir 6:15 pm 27 Apr 11

Tuggeranong has suffered from a severe lack of attention and planning foresight since they tried to establish it. 😐

Offtopic, but if you want go back even further and see the NCDC’s original fever-dreams for the area now known as Tuggeranong, the National Library’s Archive is something of a goldmine.

Modern-day Tuggeranong was to become an industrial munitions facility (designed by Walter Burley-Griffin under the title of Industrial Town Project, Federal Terratory, Australia), complete with a supporting community of workers, and the wonderfully descriptive name of Arsenal Town.
These are his final signoff plans, but the possibility pictured died in 1918, when WWI ended and national priorities changed. 🙁

(For reference, it would be roughly at Point Hut Crossing, with the town ‘hub’ placed where the suburb of Gordon stands today)

rbw 6:11 pm 27 Apr 11

Have a look at the “Promenade” of Tuggeranong Town park and see what leyline is created from this. The line intersects the peaks of Mt Taylor directly through to the peak of Black Mountain. When it comes to the NDC and the Griffin boffins, the placement location of anything significant in Canberra is always by design, not by accident or gross oversight. The town centre is where it is, because that’s where they wanted it due to some obscure anthroposophical or geometric significance to them.

creative_canberran 5:24 pm 27 Apr 11

A little known fact about Tuggeranong Town Centre is that it is actually a huge planning defect.

The original NCDC plans for the area were far more grand even as late as 1987 when the Hyperdome was under construction. The Lake was to be a hive of activity and the Town Centre, truly at the centre.
The plans never came to fruition. The lake became a pond with no attempt to make it a hub, indeed, everything backs onto it. No cafe strips, promenades or boat hire. Just brown water and the storm water outlets from the college.

Even more significant is that it not sits on the edge of Tuggeranong, instead of being centrally located. The location of the Town Centre was chosen in the belief that the new region would extend West across the river. It didn’t and by any measure of the imagination will never given environmental considerations. That means instead of being in the middle like Woden and Belco, it is on the edge of town. It is an annex, a detour, rather than a throughput for traffic.

Sammy 4:34 pm 27 Apr 11

I avoid the Hyperdome at all costs. Vacant shops aplenty, a lack of decent majors (ie. DJ’s or Big W), the poorly-designed carpark, the worst Woolworths in the country (has it ever had an upgrade?). The recently-refurbished underground carpark supermarket (ex Mother Natures) is about the only reason to visit nowadays.

screaming banshee 4:13 pm 27 Apr 11

The lease isn’t held by Nikias et al by chance? If so that would explain it, they are running the centre down so they can apply for a change of lease to build residential units.

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