On 23 March 2010 the City Chronicle published an article written by journalist Carmen McIntosh discussing the concerns and the impact of the Sandford Street extension would have on the North Canberra region. The article has been reproduced below:
Reproduced below is the North Canberra Community Council response to the to the scoping exercise for the EIS on the Sandford (Morisset Street) extension.
Previously the NCCC had made a submission in regard to the EIS Proposal – Sandford Street extension (currently Morisset Street) to the Federal Highway. ACTPLA has now provided the NCCC with the following email response:
Earlier this week we published an article advising that ACTPLA was consulting and seeking comments and feedback with regard to a proposed EIS for the proposed Sandford Street extension (currently Morisset Street) to the Federal Highway. We are pleased to advise that the documentation has now been received and it is available for viewing as online documents or downloadable as a .zip archive. View the documents online (via Scribd.com) Download the documents as a .zip archive The NCCC would be pleased to include contributor feedback in any response as the Council has repeatedly indicated concerns about traffic issues and impact …
The Council has received correspondence from the ACTPLA Applications Secretariat in regard to the a possible EIS Proposal: “Sandford Street extension (currently Morisset Street) to the Federal Highway-200900355-600/0 Gungahlin (numerous blocks)” UPDATE: ACTPLA are now advising the following: “With reference to the email for EIS Scoping Document dated 9 November, 2009 please be advised that the applicant is not seeking an s211 exemption as stated in the email. Please review the request for scoping documentation and draft your responses accordingly.” ACTPLA are seeking comments from the North Canberra Community Council in relation to this proposed EIS document and in particular …
ACTPLA has made available public submissions in regard to the Majura Parkway – Draft Environmental Impact Statement. To access these submissions click on the following link to the ACTPLA Draft Environmental Impact Statement webpage and scroll down to towards the bottom of the page (NOTE: there is no shortcut to jump directly to the submissions!).
The North Canberra Community Council has obtained permission from the Walter Burley Griffin Society Inc, to republish their submission on the Majura Parkway EIS.
The North Canberra Community Council recently made a submission in response to the Majura Parkway Draft EIS. The NCCC submission included 7 key concerns and recommendations. [scribd id=18004173 key=key-1q9zxk0w6wg5ri8m6mlh] A full copy of the NCCC submission is also available for download in PDF format.
On the 14th of July, The Canberra Times ran an article reporting the ACT Government position on a very fast train (VFT) linking Canberra to other eastern seaboard cities. It appears that the Majura Parkway upgrade route has not been predicated on the real traffic and transportation needs but rather “pie in the sky” conceptual plans for a VFT route which are unlikely to see the light of day in the near or foreseeable future.