Attachment D – Molonglo 3 East Conceptual Layout (Wsp/Rd 2021), 28.
Update 5 August 2021 Belconnen Bikeway Project Costs
Part 2C Capital Works, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, p 255.
Building a better city – Active Travel – Belconnen bikeway
Revised pratical completion date: Sep 2018
Total expenditure: $250,000
Comment: likely design work
Part 2C Government Contracting, TCCS 2019-2020 Annual Report, p 268
Belconnen bikeway – superintendency
Contractor: Cardno Pty Ltd
Period 24/7/2019 to 1/7/2021
Belconnen bikeway – construction
Contractor: Cord Civi Pty Ltd
Period 9/9/2019 to 9/7/2021
Total project cost: $6,665,793.76
Update 2 August 2021 Why is Kama shut
Comments of Facebook showed dismay at the closure of Kama for cycling. This did not seem to make sense. The wide gravel management trail, from William Hovell Drive in the north to Pipe Flat in the south, through the nature reserved seemed ideal for gravel cycling and provided good access for the Pipe Flat ride. Further, the opening of The Pinnacle Offset Area provide a north south route from Hawker, thus avoiding the dreaded Coulter Drive.
At the heart of Canberra Nature Park lies a conflict between conservation and access. This is recognised in the act and when in doubt conservation overrides access. We can never know what the reason was for the Kama decision for certain, but may presume that the parrots in Kama were of concern.
While the 2019 Draft (Canberra Nature Park) Plan indicated the principal set out in the Planning and Development Act 2007 that if two objectives were in conflict the first took precedence (so that the imperative to ‘conserve the natural environment’ took precedence over that of providing ‘for public use of the area for recreation, education and research’).Draft Reserve Management Plan: Canberra Nature Park, Standing Committee on Planning, Transport and City Services, July 2021, Report 2, 5
Update 6 August 2021 Belconnen Bikeway
Belconnen Bikeway was dug up and block in July 2021 due to construction work beside the Belconnen Skate Park. The bikeway has been opened again but remains unsealed in the works area.
Update 30 July 2021 Belconnen Bikeway
All to July 2021 the Belconnen Bikeway has been blocked again in the same spot as before. There appears no urgency to clear it.
Update 16 July 2021 Kuringa Drive intersection
The signalisation of Kuringa Drive and Owen Dixon Drive has been completed. The works crew has packed up and left. Unfortunately, the bike path along Kuringa Drive has yet to be completed. Hopefully, it will be finished soon.
Update 3 June 2021 Molonglo Bridge Ministerial statement
The bridge will take longer to complete than previously anticipated, with the 2024 completion date falling back to “as early as 2025”. Considering the project has not even started yet, further delays are possible.
The most significant project currently underway in the Molonglo Valley is the completion of John Gorton Drive and the construction of a new bridge over the Molonglo River. The project is progressing well, with the development application approved in February this year. In addition to providing carriageway for private vehicles, the bridge will be future-proofed for light rail and public transport priority is currently under investigation for the intersections along John Gorton Drive. As a key transport corridor, the bridge will also include both on-road shared and an off-road shared path. We look forward to commencing the process to procure a design and construction contractor later this year, with the intent of undertaking detailed design work next year and commencing construction in mid-2023 ahead of the bridge opening as early as 2025.Transport minister Chris Steel, Ministerial statement. Hansard from the ACT Legislative Assemble, 3 June 2021
Update 5 June 2021 Kuringa Drive
Kuringa Drive between Kingsford Smith Drive and Barton Highway is closed due to construction works. This leaves Gundaroo Drive as the best option. What cyclists were forced to accept for years is now affecting motorists. Soon, the work will be completed.
Update 7 May 2021 Pipe Flat
The gate on Pipe Flat, on the west side of the Deep Creek crossing, has been locked. You can get through as it is a step-through gate, and you will have to lift your bike across over the gate. The lack of pedestrian stiles through which you can wheel your bike is a common floor in ACT Environment’s concept restricting car access.