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We have a ten year infrastructure plan – Ooops, not any more

By johnboy - 1 June 2010 13

Plan cover

One would think that something like a Territory Plan would cover something like infrastructure.

But that would be to ignore the pressing need for planners to have something to do when not fouling up the things that accidentally work.

On that note Mr Stanhope has announced a ten year infrastructure plan.

New schools in Molonglo and Eastlake, more CIT campuses, dedicated bus lanes, the redevelopment of ageing high-rise public housing developments, a new Supreme Court and a transformed public health system are among the infrastructure priorities contained in the ACT Government’s first ever Infrastructure Plan, released today.

Released by Chief Minister Jon Stanhope, the 10-year document will be updated annually and includes not just short- and medium-term infrastructure priorities, but visionary long-term projects such as the VFT, and discusses the potential for new funding models for major infrastructure.

I guess it’s good to have a wish list all written down.

UPDATE: Liberal Leader Zed Seselja is making merry with typos in the document and the lack of new announcements:

“We did not expect such a thin, slap-dash document so full of mistakes. Normally, typos are just unfortunate and not worth comment, but I would hope the Chief Minister, in his infrastructure master plan, could at least spell ‘Gungahlin’, ‘Belconnen’ and ‘Tuggeranong’ correctly (pages 19 & 20), let alone ‘infrastructure’ (cover and contents page), ‘influential’ (p3), ‘health’, ‘Aboriginal’ and ‘rehabilitation’ (all p13), ‘transport’ (p19), ‘construction’ (p20), ‘condition’ (p21), ‘preparation’ (p26), ‘indicative’ (p27), ‘harvesting’ (p29), ‘facilities’ (p31), ‘government’ (p30) and ‘consultation’ (p34). This document even includes ‘into’ spelled incorrectly (p30), as well as duplicated expressions such as ‘the the’ (p16) and ‘through through’ (p14).

“What must really gall the Chief Minister, who evidently did not read this document carefully or at all, are the incorrect spellings of ‘Maconochie’ (twice, p23) and ‘Arboretum’ (p25). This whole document is an embarrassment to the Chief Minister and his government,” Zed concluded.

FURTHER UPDATE: The Canberra Times has a report on the chaos and confusion in the palpably incompetent Chief Minister’s Department following the shambles:

Bureaucrats in the Chief Minister’s Department were dumping copies of an infrastructure plan last night after the discovery of a series of embarrassing grammatical mistakes and spelling errors…

A statement from the Chief Minister’s Department late last night said the 10-year infrastructure plan was ”temporarily withdrawn as an incorrect version was sent for printing and uploading”.

Apparently a spokesperson has said it is “unclear” when they will be able to find their arses with both hands and a map when the corrected plan will be available.

Which is odd considering they’re saying the problem was just sending the wrong version…

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13 Responses to
We have a ten year infrastructure plan – Ooops, not any more
TAD 6:56 am 03 Jun 10

NoWaste 2020?

sepi 9:24 pm 02 Jun 10

I think Jon needs to hire a few writers and editors, rather than slashing back his staff.

How could they not notice the typo on the cover??

Pork Hunt 6:39 pm 02 Jun 10

Pommy bastard said”

“Dam poor form! Abuse of teh english langige is a V. bad thing!”

Espeshally from tohse in authritah..

Pommy bastard 1:26 pm 02 Jun 10

“We did not expect such a thin, slap-dash document so full of mistakes. Normally, typos are just unfortunate and not worth comment, but I would hope the Chief Minister, in his infrastructure master plan, could at least spell ‘Gungahlin’, ‘Belconnen’ and ‘Tuggeranong’ correctly (pages 19 & 20), let alone ‘infrastructure’ (cover and contents page), ‘influential’ (p3), ‘health’, ‘Aboriginal’ and ‘rehabilitation’ (all p13), ‘transport’ (p19), ‘construction’ (p20), ‘condition’ (p21), ‘preparation’ (p26), ‘indicative’ (p27), ‘harvesting’ (p29), ‘facilities’ (p31), ‘government’ (p30) and ‘consultation’ (p34). This document even includes ‘into’ spelled incorrectly (p30), as well as duplicated expressions such as ‘the the’ (p16) and ‘through through’ (p14).

“What must really gall the Chief Minister, who evidently did not read this document carefully or at all, are the incorrect spellings of ‘Maconochie’ (twice, p23) and ‘Arboretum’ (p25). This whole document is an embarrassment to the Chief Minister and his government,” Zed concluded.

Dam poor form! Abuse of teh english langige is a V. bad thing!

Gungahlin Al 9:47 am 02 Jun 10

Comical report in CT today about how the plan was yanked when the spelling errors and stuff were found, and the printed copies then trashed, together with reports on Jon Stanhope having a not very happy day.

The official excuse is apparently that an old version of the file was sent to the printers by mistake.

Which by extension would mean that:
* there’s little attention to version control
* the final wasn’t adequately proofed before despatch to the printers
* the proofs from the printers weren’t checked properly before sign-off, and
* the printed product was also not checked before the launch event proceeded.
Not just one little error – a whole chain of them.

Sigh…this is the office officially running the show…

bigcohuna1 9:41 am 02 Jun 10

that’s spell cheque isnt it?

BimboGeek 9:38 am 02 Jun 10

If bigcohuna1 will do the monorail song at a town meeting I’ll come along and do the dance!

Maybe all you light rail enthusiasts should take note!

Pandy 12:59 am 02 Jun 10

oh oh oh db84, will this new 2 year plan also include “exploring options like light rail” like in the last plan?

bd84 10:14 pm 01 Jun 10

Looks like Chairman Jon has gone back to use the spell check on the report, the report link is coming up as an 404 Not Found.

One wonders how much has been spent on this new grand infrastructure plan since the last one was released in 2008 http://www.cmd.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/119728/infrastructure_plan.pdf
Do we really need new shiney 5-10 year documents every 2 years? Or is Jon just working up some work for his staff in his department?

bigcohuna1 9:34 pm 01 Jun 10

here’s vision

Monorail

I’m sure they will do it Simposons style (like everything else in Canberra)

Monorail

hey it would get the mass transit freaks a good feeling and get buses off the road (where they hold up traffic) and maybe the cyclists could be ocky strapped to the front or even underneath and they can get all the fresh air they need?

Monorail

Where are the dedicated bus lanes going to come from – existing car lanes – that’s where. Then you have to take a Bus – smart kolektiv thinking Kameraden Nohope.

and overhaul the health system – 1 hospital ??!!

it can all be fixed with a Monorail !

Gungahlin Al 2:50 pm 01 Jun 10

Indeed JB – written down is what we’ve been asking for. So it is good to see – the community is always seeking a degree of certainty on these things, and one of the most common questions I get is “when will such and such happen?”

Interesting to pick through and find a number of things NOT in the 2 year delivery timeframe, despite having been election promises last time around (and I’m sure Zed would argue, the last time around too). Means they are effectively in the next term, and get to be recycled as election promises all over again?

A pity they didn’t list everything peppered through the text in the tables at the back. So guess I’ll have to go create said tables and do the job for them so we can post a succinct summary on the GCC website.

For anyone in the Gungahlin area interested in these infrastructure projects, Tom Elliott and several other senior execs from TaMS will be at the next GCC meeting (7.30pm 9 July Palmerston Community Centre) to talk about where to for the various projects funded in the budget.

georgesgenitals 2:44 pm 01 Jun 10

Captain RAAF said :

If i’ll still be entertaining myself by stealing tulips from Floriade ten years from now I’ll be pretty pissed!

Perhaps in ten years it’s a different young gentleman you’ll be giving them to…?

Captain RAAF 2:25 pm 01 Jun 10

Dragway? Anything to entertain the under 50’s?

If i’ll still be entertaining myself by stealing tulips from Floriade ten years from now I’ll be pretty pissed!

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