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Which suburb will *win* the race to host a diplomatic precinct?

johnboy 13 December 2010 31

The Canberra Times reports that the National Capital Authority is hard at work to find a new place to stick embassies joining Yarralumla, Deakin and O’Malley.

Bear in mind though that the lucky suburb getting the nod won’t be getting those lovely Swiss or Japanese.

The 25 new embassies will largely be from busted arse kleptocracies (who didn’t manage to set up an embassy before now) possibly selecting consular staff for their willingness to run drugs, guns and blood diamonds through the diplomatic bag conventions.

Add to this that they are largely beyond the law, and you’re going to have some great neighbours.

Suggestions below as to which suburb should be the lucky one?

[Also for those reading the CT article, the NCA’s predecessor was the National Capital Development Commission (NCDC), not the National Capital Development Authority]


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31 Responses to Which suburb will *win* the race to host a diplomatic precinct?
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somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn somewhere_between_bundah_and_goulburn 1:40 am 17 Dec 10

Waltaroo said :

To be fair they should really be north-side.

The high commissioner of PNG used to live in Amaroo – his granddaughter used to go to my high school.

AFAIK there were a couple of embassies that used to be based in the old Benjamin Offices in Belco (Source: 1993 Gregory’s street directory).

spinact spinact 8:32 pm 14 Dec 10

troll-sniffer said :

At the risk of being sensible, and therefore unsuited to posting on this threasd it would seem, I think if I were NCA I’d be taking a good long hard look at the large swathe of land that separates the current embassy zone from the lake, right around from behind the PNG HC to the open spaces behind the YMCA Yacht Club. I know some of the land is earmarked for a new lodge etc but there’s an awful lot left.

What they should be doing though is asserting their right to properly manage the territory by selecting a large block of Deakin and Forrest and declaring it an embassy zone, and booting out all the snooty hoity toity types who think it’s just so je ne sais quoi to live there…

The problem with ‘open space’ is some hippy will come along and say it’s endangered native grass land and the sole habitat for some species of Legless Lizard (snakes perhaps?) or the not so rare Clueless Bogan.

S4anta S4anta 10:20 am 14 Dec 10

Nothing would be more Australian than basing the new dippo precinct in a suburb named Kenny.

georgesgenitals georgesgenitals 8:27 am 14 Dec 10

Thumper said :

Crace.

That surburb really should have a “dis” added to the front of it.

gingermick gingermick 11:02 pm 13 Dec 10

The Queanbeyan flood plain.

I-filed I-filed 10:12 pm 13 Dec 10

Holden Caulfield said :

Charnwood.

Charnwood, or possibly Macgregor… after all, it’s the “developing countries” apparently that are going to be needing the space …

gp gp 9:15 pm 13 Dec 10

Kambah.

boo boo boo boo 9:09 pm 13 Dec 10

What about the end of Empire Circuit where the Westlake workers settlement was. Huge block of land and already in a diplomatic precinct. That area could be divided into quite a number of large blocks.

p1 p1 8:11 pm 13 Dec 10

Make some of the larger embassies share some of their land. The US has a massive block, surely they could give some of it to Iraq or North Korea or something?

Felix the Cat Felix the Cat 8:02 pm 13 Dec 10

Waltaroo said :

To be fair they should really be north-side.

Charnwood?

sepi sepi 7:48 pm 13 Dec 10

i didn’t know they had to be in a precinct. what about the random embassies in red hill etc?

Primal Primal 6:55 pm 13 Dec 10

What are those new ones called? Wright, Coombs and Somethingorother.

Waltaroo Waltaroo 5:59 pm 13 Dec 10

To be fair they should really be north-side.

screaming banshee screaming banshee 5:38 pm 13 Dec 10

I can’t believe no-one has suggested Nicholls

watto23 watto23 5:16 pm 13 Dec 10

Parts of the Woden end of Deaking would be relatively easy to have put to use – there’s an Embassy for some such little known nation there already on the corner of Carruthers St

I knopw the Botswanan Embassy is pretty far south in Deakin. And there is a lot of land marked for embassies but not actually in use like Irans block of land in Yarralumla.

I just hope we do get more embassies here, i hate sending my passport away to get visas to visit the ‘stans for example.

Indi Indi 1:55 pm 13 Dec 10

Parts of the Woden end of Deaking would be relatively easy to have put to use – there’s an Embassy for some such little known nation there already on the corner of Carruthers St

Mobsta Mobsta 1:22 pm 13 Dec 10

Does it _really_ have to be in the ACT?

troll-sniffer troll-sniffer 1:05 pm 13 Dec 10

At the risk of being sensible, and therefore unsuited to posting on this threasd it would seem, I think if I were NCA I’d be taking a good long hard look at the large swathe of land that separates the current embassy zone from the lake, right around from behind the PNG HC to the open spaces behind the YMCA Yacht Club. I know some of the land is earmarked for a new lodge etc but there’s an awful lot left.

What they should be doing though is asserting their right to properly manage the territory by selecting a large block of Deakin and Forrest and declaring it an embassy zone, and booting out all the snooty hoity toity types who think it’s just so je ne sais quoi to live there…

busgirl busgirl 1:03 pm 13 Dec 10

I reckon Curtin will be next on the list…it’s a good pick location-wise.

D2 D2 12:51 pm 13 Dec 10

Oaks Estate.

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