Started by Buzz Killington, January 02, 2008, 06:10:16 pm
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Quote from: ABC NewsDevelopment in the Molonglo Valley in Canberra's west has moved a step closer with the naming of the first three suburbs in the area.ACT Planning Minister Andrew Barr says the suburbs have been named after poet Judith Wright; architect and town planner Sir John Sulman; and public servant Dr Nugget Coombs.He says the development - between Belconnen and Weston Creek - is expected to start by the second half of the year."The initial development would start in the north-western area," he said."So the names that the place name committee have recommended would be for those first suburbs at the Weston Creek end."About 33,000 homes are expected to be built in Molonglo, housing up to 73,000 people. "The development is being planned to set a new standard in suburb design and development," Mr Barr said."It will achieve greater energy efficiency, higher water efficiency and quality, and better links to open spaces and transport."
Quote from: The Canberra TimesStromlo will go within three years By Scott Hannaford and Peter Brewer Development on open land to the west of Canberra will start within three years, beginning a dramatic reshaping of the urban landscape and preparing for a possible population of half a million by 2032.The ACT Government issued its vision for the expansion of Canberra yesterday, the draft Canberra Spatial Plan, which will see fundamental changes to the shape and population density of the national capital.Under the plan, foreshadowed by The Canberra Times yesterday, the fire-ravaged pine forests at Stromlo will make way for up to 12,500 houses, with suburbs stretching from the western edge of Lake Burley Griffin to well beyond the Molonglo River. The land would most likely be developed by the Government.Planning Minister Simon Corbell said housing would start in the Molonglo Valley by 2006.The Kowen forest to the east of the city has also been reserved for 8000 homes once Stromlo is completed.In the longer term, Kowen is also seen as having the potential for 26,000 dwellings, but Mr Corbell said the ACT Government would still have land available west of the Murrumbidgee River if it chose to reestablish its pine forests.Gungahlin would also be extended further north to meet the NSW border with up to 28,000 additional dwellings.Planners have turned their back on previous development concepts, such as building along transport corridors to the north of Canberra at Gooromon-Jeir in nearby NSW, instead casting a 15km radius out from the city centre, with all development in the next 30 years to be contained within that circle. A smaller 7.5km radius from the city shows the areas that will be substantially in-filled in the next 15 years.A bushfire abatement zone will surround all new and future housing areas of the ACT and a protection zone will be put around the airport which will prevent housing in areas that may be affected by aircraft noise, including areas of NSW such as the proposed Tralee development.Land around the airport - regarded by the planners as a vital transport hub - has also been identified for further industrial development in such a way that it can be included in transport plans and that further expansion of the airport is not restricted.Town centres and in particular Civic will become the focus of urban redevelopment with the goal of creating higher density areas and revitalising the city centre with more business and residential accommodation of up to 41,500 new dwellings in existing areas.A corridor taking in Fyshwick, Mitchell, Hume and the airport could also be developed as an important employment area.The draft plan has invoked strong criticism from town planners, the Opposition and cross-bench MLAs, environmental groups, Queanbeyan City Council and the National Capital Authority, which controls much of the land which would be affected. A number of building and industry groups welcomed the draft plan, saying it created a way forward for the city, especially Civic. Mr Corbell said the future developments would give Canberrans a greater choice of where they wanted to live, would allow people to work and live in the ACT rather than see revenue go to NSW, and would change the focus of transport away from cars towards public transport.Conservation groups are concerned about some general aspects of the plan, particularly the continued growth of Gungahlin where development will encroach on the habitat of endangered birds like the Brown Treecreeper.The Conservation Council believes biodiversity in the region is being ignored, as Yellow Box Red Gum grassy woodlands and natural temperate grasslands to the north of the city go under the bulldozers.Planners believe new urban developments such that in the Molonglo Valley offer the opportunity to investigate alternative forms of public transport, such as light rail or, preferably, an O-Bahn busway. O-Bahn buses, which are guided along a concrete track and can be switched into service on normal roads, have been operating in Adelaide since 1986. An O-Bahn bus system also allows the ACT to phase in clean, green hydrogen-powered public transport.The public will have until mid-December to comment on the draft plan, with the final plan expected to be issued early next year.
Quote from: Busnerd on January 02, 2008, 08:23:48 pmNow we have to keep the darts to get a Wright dennis dart in WrightBut will it be called Coombs or just Coomb?Are there any other suburbs with a and S on the end like that?
QuoteAndrew Barr, MLA, 2 January 2008FIRST THREE SUBURBS OF MOLONGLO NAMEDMinister for Planning, Andrew Barr, today announced prominent Australians Judith Wright, Sir John Sulman and Dr H.C 'Nugget' Coombs will be honoured with the first three suburbs of Molonglo to be named after them.Molonglo is located to the west of central Canberra, between Belconnen and Weston Creek. Up to 73,000 people are expected to live in about 33,000 homes in the area from about 2008-09 onwards."Molonglo, along with Gungahlin, is a priority for the Government and will increase Canberra's land supply and provide more affordable housing," Mr Barr said."The development is being planned to set a new standard in suburb design and development. It will achieve greater energy efficiency, higher water efficiency and quality, and better links to open spaces and transport. Houses will have minimum five-star energy ratings."It is a great pleasure to announce Wright, Sulman and Coombs will be the first suburb names in the new development."SUBURB OF WRIGHTNominated for a Nobel Prize for Literature, Ms Judith Wright wrote on issues such as nature conservation and the rights of indigenous Australians. She fought to save the Great Barrier Reef from mining and oil drilling and to establish the Great Barrier Reef marine park. Ms Wright was a long-time resident of the Canberra region.SUBURB OF SULMANArchitect and town planner Sir John Sulman was Chairman of the Federal Capital Advisory Committee. Through this role, he was greatly involved in the early development of Canberra and influenced how it was built.SUBURB OF COOMBSDr H.C 'Nugget' Coombs was one of Australia's most outstanding and influential public servants, serving and advising seven prime ministers over 30 years. He worked to achieve a distinctive social, economic and cultural place for all Australians, particularly Aboriginal Australians.Mr Barr said planning for Molonglo would continue through to next year with the first land release expected in 2008-2009. Over time, names will be required for more than 12 suburbs in Molonglo.
Quote from: Chris_Guru on December 27, 2011, 09:28:32 pmQuite possible that the road may adopt both names for that section. Has been known to happen in other cities, though normally both roads continue at each end of the shared name section. I assume John Gorton will terminate at Streeton/Cotter intersection if it even goes down the current Cotter Rd alignment.
QuoteCotter Road will remain between the Tuggeranong Parkway and the new intersection (Intersection 1) Cotter Road and NSA arterial.http://www.tams.act.gov.au/move/roads/construction_projects/north_south_arterial
Quote from: Buzz Killington on December 28, 2011, 09:33:48 pmIt's at the intersection with whatever depot that is about halfway between Streeton Dr and the new Cotter Rd/John Gorton traffic lights.
QuoteThank you for your enquiry dated 27 December 2011 concerning the extent of John Gorton Drive in Wright/Coombs. The alignment of John Gorton Drive starts at the left turn of the Cotter Road as shown on the attached plan in Disallowable Instrument 2011-87. The road will not split the Cotter Road into two separate roads, ie the section of road from Streeton Drive will remain as the Cotter Road.
Quote from: smitho on July 18, 2012, 11:38:47 pmContruction of earthworks and stone retaining walls for the Molonglo Ponds in the Wright/Coombs precinct appeared near completion in late June, as did North Weston pond. These features are all clearly visible from Cotter Rd.O'Connor/Dickson wetlands developments along Banksia Rd haVE also been completed recently.
Quote from: Bus 400 on August 04, 2013, 10:30:48 pmAlso I did find the street names for Coombs. Next thing is to actually open those roads.
Quote from: Buzz Killington on June 26, 2014, 09:38:52 pmI was under the impression that it would be located at the top of Kirkpatrick St and would have a fast food outlet attached.
Quote from: smitho on June 26, 2014, 07:57:12 pmNew service station intended for both Weston Ck and Molonglo communities is to be located on the Cotter Rd. Precise location is not known, but my guess is that it'll be on the westbound carriageway after the Tugg Parkway overpass.A bit unusual being located on what will be a busy arterial road and nowhere near a local or group centre. Doesn't seem a very clever proposal.
Quote from: smitho on July 02, 2014, 12:52:56 amWhy introduce needless congestion onto urban arterial roads when it can be avoided by smart planning? European countries (possibly excepting Britain) know about smart town planning and avoiding these kinds of bad siting decisions. Methinks it is the almighty dollar dictating the Cotter Rd site.Anyway, wrong to suggest that Canberra hasn't got service stations on arterial roads....years ago, NCDC was pressured to permit two sites on Northbourne Ave / Federal Highway.
Quote from: Bus 400 on July 02, 2014, 11:33:06 pmAre we forgetting about the Shell & BP service stations on Melrose Drive in Phillip or the BP on Canberra Avenue in Kingston (or Manuka if that's the case)?
Quote from: King of Buses on December 28, 2014, 06:46:24 pmI believe it is John Gorton Dr like the building in Parkes on routes 2 and 3
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on December 29, 2014, 10:14:05 amMy guess is that the bridge you are referring to is not actually crossing the Molonglo River (yet), just the valley.
Quote from: ACTbusspotter on December 31, 2014, 09:13:58 amDid some further internet searches (including looking at the satellite images on Google Maps). The thing being built is a combined "sewer and pedestrian link bridge". (Refer to ACT Budget 2014-15 )There are no plans at present for the John Gorton Drive crossing of Molonglo River.