The Molonglo Valley commercial centre will be built in the suburb of Molonglo, adjacent to John Gorton Drive. A commercial centre is sorely needed, but it could be some time before we see it.
Molonglo 3 East is in an early stage of planning and the significance easily missed driving by. In the Planning Design Framework the ACT Government outlines what it does and does not want, however, the intention is to leave plenty of space for good urban planning.
While the John Gorton Drive Bridge is well known by now, another river crossing has barely been mentioned. Minister Steel’s presentation last night at the Molonglo Valley Community Forum shed a little light on the subject.
We accept that tidal plains are part of the ocean, but not that floodplains are part of the river. We know that anything on the floodplain will be washed away with the next flood. Nomen est omen.
The Molonglo Valley floods regularly and one of the river level crossings has been washed away – again. This leaves the Molonglo with one less rideable crossing and fully intact cycle path. This might be the first, but it is not likely the last.
The best time to discuss a strategy is when the ACT Government asks for our opinion.
The John Gorton Drive Bridge will be the first bridge completed in the Molonglo Valley. The pedestrian bridge, Butters Bridge, was finished in 2016 and now closed due to construction works. The third bridge is at least ten years off
“Namarag is identified as a vital restoration, recreational and cultural hub for the emerging communities of the Molonglo Valley”. Namarag Molonglo Special Purpose reserve open for consultation in 2019 and 14 people completed the survey. The plans were available to download at that time. Here is the vision of what it should become.
“The park provides sweeping views over the Molonglo River corridor and broader Molonglo Valley.” Namarag Molonglo Special Purpose Reserve lies south of Whitlam on the Molonglo River and is now under construction.
Can the construction of direct and fast cycle highways be reconciled with environmental management? Crossing the Molonglo River is not so easy. ACT Environment is blocking the way.