Canberra Times: Stanhope eyes ACT funds for parkway

The 30 January 2010 edition of the Canberra Times is reporting that the ACT Government has revealed for the first time that it is willing to provide $125 million of the estimated cost to construct the Majura Parkway. It has also revealed that it wishes to redirect the $30 million allocated from Infrastructure Australia to fund the initial portion of the Majura Parkway to other road projects in Fyshwick. There are another seven infrastructure projects in the ACT government’s infrastructure wishlist pitched at Infrastructure Australia. The article has been reproduced berlow:

Canberra Times: Fears Duntroon ovals to be annexed (Majura Parkway)

The 16 January 2010 Canberra Times reports that the Department of Defence has concerns that the alignment of the proposed $250 million Majura Parkway will annex and displace existing Duntroon ovals and create noise problems for residential areas. This issue reenfoces the concerns that the Council has already made with regard to the propsed alignment of the Majura Parkway. You can read related articles on the NCCC web site about the Majura Parkway by following this LINK. The article has been reproduced below:

Correspondence Received: Feedback relating to Majura Parkway Draft EIS (road realignment)

Correspondence received in response to earlier questions sent by the North Canberra Community Council to Tony Gill (Roads ACT) and Neil Savery (ACTPLA) as to rationale behind need for major road re-alignment of the proposed Majura Parkway to provide a rail corridor. The return correspondence has been reproduced below:

Canberra Times: Stanhope says fatality highlights road need

On 21 September 2009, Canberra Times journalist David Stockman, the Canberra Times police reporter, wrote a story with comments from the ACT Chief Minister insisting that the recent fatality was further justification of the need to expedite the building of the Majura Parkway. The North Canberra Community Council accepts that there is a need for the upgrade of the Road to Dual Carriageway for both safety and traffic capacity issues. However the council has rejected outright the need for the realignment of the road due to the severe environmental impacts this will have.

New traffic pressures in North Canberra expected

Residents of inner north Canberra suburbs can expect a major increase in traffic in their suburbs unless new local traffic arrangements are developed. That was a key message delivered by Mr Tony Gill in his presentation to the North Canberra Community Council on 19 August. Mr Gill, Director of Roads ACT, outlined a number of major traffic developments that will affect North Canberra residents in different ways.

Chronicle: Redundant by 2026 – $250 million traffic solution

The August 25 2009  edition of the  Chronicle ran a story written by Rebecca Thisleton reporting on the proceedings at the August meeting of the North Canberra Community Council where the Majura Parkway was discussed. Greens Member for Molonglo Shane Rattenbury said the Majura Parkway was the wrong starting point for easing traffic snarls in the inner north. “Somehow we’ve ended up locked into this vast, 100 kilometre-per-hour road, and I don’t understand why this has been the option selected when you could have the existing 80 kilometre-per-hour road duplicated, it would not require the millions and millions of dollars …

Public submissions with regard to Majura Parkway Draft EIS now available online.

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!).