Canberra Matters columnist PAUL COSTIGAN reports the an ACT integrity commission is almost a reality.
SIMON Corbell says the Magistrates Court car park opposite the Melbourne Building in the CBD will continue to offer convenient parking for people accessing the city by car, with a light rail construction compound previously proposed for the site now planned for a different area.
“Capital Metro Agency has worked closely with key stakeholders, including tenants of the Melbourne and Sydney buildings, and their concerns about the need to maintain the current level of parking at the Magistrates Court car park with minimal disruption have been heard,” Simon said.
“Through negotiations with Canberra Metro an alternative option to house a site storage compound for the light rail project has been identified and approved by the ACT Government meaning there will be no interruption to the Magistrates Court car park.
“The Environmental Impact Statement for the Capital Metro project identified the Magistrates Court car park as a crucial compound site during construction. However, further negotiations between Canberra Metro and the ACT Government have resulted in an agreement to locate the site storage compound at the Canberra Olympic Pool car park instead.
“The EIS was always a conservative document and in this case we have managed to secure a better outcome for stakeholders.
“The agreed alternative allows for a reduced site storage compound located within the Canberra Olympic Pool car park, with a smaller site office component being placed within the current Canberra Visitor Information Centre site at Dickson.
“The Canberra Olympic Pool car park site is currently occupied by the contractor working on the Constitution Avenue upgrade works.
“Using that existing compound will be the least disruptive to the Canberra community, while maintaining the same level of parking at the Magistrates Court car park.
“This outcome is a win for the Canberra community and demonstrates our commitment to engage in meaningful consultation over the duration of the light rail project.”