Bus layover threatens parkland in Turner, says residents

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Proposed plans for a new bus layover in Turner

IN a bid to stop the city west bus layover from being relocated and built on a green space in Turner, more than 380 Canberrans have signed an online petition, which will be presented in the ACT Legislative Assembly tomorrow (August 27). 

Residents who have signed the petition want to alert the assembly of the inadequate community consultation on the current proposal to relocate the city west bus layover on Marcus Clarke Street to the corner of Barry Drive and Watson Street in Turner. 

The proposal will also see 25 buses and staff facilities replace a temporary gravel carpark and extend into green space to the west and north in, what the petition calls the “Turner Parklands”, further up Watson Street.

The petition, led by Turner resident Sara Edson, is concerned about the loss of parklands and visual amenity, traffic management and safety and the noise and fumes.

“Protecting Canberra’s green spaces and ensuring there is adequate community consultation is integral to good urban planning,” Sara says.

“Residents, businesses and workers, a childcare centre, seniors’ centre, commuters, ANU North Oval, bike skills track, churches, and pedestrians and cyclists using the popular shared pathways would be impacted, and amenity lost once construction commenced,” according to the petition, which is addressed to the speaker and members of the Legislative Assembly.

“Canberra is one of the world’s most liveable cities. This urban open space connects to other green corridors in the inner north and should remain protected. The Griffins’ vision was for a garden city, defined by sustainability and democracy.

“Your petitioners, therefore, request the Assembly to request a community consultation process that reviews the loss of parklands and visual amenity, traffic management and safety, noise and fumes associated with the proposed bus layover in Turner Parklands.”

The petition closes at midnight tonight and will be presented in the ACT Legislative Assembly tomorrow.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Oh please. It is a flood-zone car park currently. It is not on parklands – there is a nature strip further north, but it is an absolute disingenuous claim to suggest this is anything but a car park.

    Find things that matter to worry about… this is not one.

    For instance:

    “Residents, businesses and workers, a childcare centre, seniors’ centre, commuters, ANU North Oval, bike skills track, churches, and pedestrians and cyclists using the popular shared pathways would be impacted, and amenity lost once construction commenced,”

    – There are no residences anywhere near the site, bar the ANU hall on the other side of Barry Drive
    – The entry/exit of the bus layover would be off Barry Drive. Therefore, it would have no impact on the shared pathway on Watson Street.
    – Just how will it impact on ANU North oval?
    – The ‘Bike skills park’ is 500 metres up Watson Street at least..

    What amenity is to be lost exactly?

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