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What’s going on with the Tharwa bridge

By johnboy - 15 February 2007 10

[First filed: February 13, 2007 @ 12:18]

Interesting, back at the start of the month John Hargreaves put out a media release announcing the development application for the replacement Tharwa bridge had been lodged.

“Minister for Territory and Municipal Services, John Hargreaves, today announced that a development application and a preliminary assessment report have been submitted for the new bridge at Tharwa.

“ACT Planning and Land Authority will make available the documents for public inspection, in accordance with the Land (Planning and Environment) Act 1991 and will receive written public objections or comments.”

Now Brendan Smyth in another media release says this is not so:

“We have now confirmed that, as at close of business on Monday, 12 February 2007, this is not the case: a development application for the new bridge has not yet been lodged with the ACT Planning and Land Authority,”

Another egregious cockup? Or a plan to mislead?

UPDATED: John Hargreaves appears to have been taking lessons from his master in the use of “The Angry Voice” he’s put out a blistering media release announcing that the application has in fact been submitted.

“The suggestion that the Development Application for the Tharwa Bridge had not been submitted is absolutely incorrect. The Development Application was submitted on January 17th 2007.

“It is disturbing that as a former Planning Minister, Mr Smyth does not have an understanding of the ACT planning process. This is either incompetence or gross mischief at the expense of the Tharwa community.

Which makes the bit down the page a touch confusing:

“Roads ACT is currently working with the ACT Planning and Land Authority to finalise the complex details of the project.”

So they’re still working on completing the application after all?

What’s Your opinion?


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10 Responses to
What’s going on with the Tharwa bridge
Maelinar 1:08 pm 15 Feb 07

Don’t you remember Thumper ?

We’ll get into your make believe vehicle that he promised us with all of the rest make believe equipment that he promised us, with the lot of hype that engenders complete distrust in the validity of anything that is being said.

His made up submission is probably on the desk of the planning officer as I type, it’s just that the planning officer doesn’t have the ability to see the ethereal plane.

Thumper 12:42 pm 15 Feb 07

“It is disturbing that as a former Planning Minister, Mr Smyth does not have an understanding of the ACT planning process. This is either incompetence or gross mischief at the expense of the Tharwa community.”

Equally,

It is disturbing that the current Planning Minister, Mr Hargreaves does not have an understanding of the ACT planning process. This is either incompetence or gross mischief at the expense of the Tharwa community.

Makes you wonder if Mr Hargreaves has any idea of what is going on. it’s probably all down to the interpretation of the word submit.

caf 5:29 pm 13 Feb 07

Well it’s certainly not listed on ACTPLAs web site, but that could be for reasons other than it not existing.

Sammy 5:28 pm 13 Feb 07

forget abouth Tharwa so they can sell it to NSW

Typically if you want to sell an asset, you don’t run it down to the point of worthlessness before attempting to do so.

lateralis 4:34 pm 13 Feb 07

Perhaps they want to keep the bridge closed in the hope Canberrans forget abouth Tharwa so they can sell it to NSW?

Al 12:49 pm 13 Feb 07

OK – I stand corrected – haven’t been out there since it closed.

Sammy 12:49 pm 13 Feb 07

Here is what I mean in image form.

The blue line comes from the Monaro Hwy. At the end of the blue line, the green line goes to the bridge, and the red line via the detour.

Not that much difference really.

I guess if you spent a lot of time driving between Tharwa and Conder shops, it could get annoying.

Sammy 12:34 pm 13 Feb 07

why are all the signs everywhere along the Monaro Hwy etc still pointing people Tharwa

If you were coming down the Monaro Hwy, you wouldn’t travel any differently to Tharwa via the detour, as you would via the bridge. So, i’m not surprised signage along the Monaro Hwy hasn’t changed.

Al 12:31 pm 13 Feb 07

What I’d like to know about said bridge, is why are all the signs everywhere along the Monaro Hwy etc still pointing people Tharwa along a road that can’t get them there??? Tourists would be m,ighty cheezed orf if they drive all the way out there just to be turned around at the last. Surely the signs can be temporarily changed to point people to the detour instead or just blanked out??

Thumper 12:23 pm 13 Feb 07

“Another egregious cockup? Or a plan to mislead?”

Very difficult to tell given the amount of both we have seen over the years. however, I’m leaning towards the latter.

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