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All ACT public libraries will be closed this Wednesday to allow all staff to attend the annual planning day.
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NBN Co has released their rollout maps. Go to this page and click on Gungahlin on the left.

You'll see marked as already under way is all of Amaroo and Ngunnawal, as previously promised, but also all of the Gungahlin town centre and across to Yerrabi Pond! Bonus for all you lucky folk.

But for the rest of us, we're marked as "Work to commence within one year." This is also as promised by NBN Co at the recent GCC meeting. So it is all getting close now. Of course this area does not include those suburbs already covered by Transact cable.

Of interest in the maps is the little bit shown as "Service available" - meaning already complete. That's the new estate being built by Bob Winnell in North Watson.
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This should be a great day for Canberra folk with an interest in space and science!
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Could the ACT Government actually be getting serious about light rail to Gungahlin? - Alan Kerlin
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New Park & Ride facility on Flemington Road across from EPIC now open. Just wish to point out that this comes from our idea in a submission we did in 2007! - AK
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NBN cabling being laid down Flemington Road near Mitchell on Friday
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In Gungahlin we are very conscious of the Canberra Airport, it's office blocks stripping jobs from our town centre and the potential impacts of aircraft noise. But that doesn't stop a lot of us being fans of planes and flying. Meaning the Canberra Airport Open Day is very popular, and it's on this Sunday 25 March 2012, from 9am – 2.30pm.

The event has been held bi-annually and two years ago the attendance was about 15,000. So earlier you go the better. The airport advises that people turning up at 1pm will likely be disappointed.

Activities landside
• Face painting and glitter tattoos
• Jumping castles
• Australian Federal Police sniffer dog demonstration
• Australian Federal Police demonstration by explosive team
• Australian Federal Police vehicles on display and their mascot Kenny Koala
• Defence Recruitment display
• ACT Gliding club
• Model aircraft display
• Food stalls
• Canberra Airport display on their $420 million terminal
• Plus more displays to be confirmed.

Activities Airside
• Bus tours of the airfield
• Flying display by Matt Hall Racing
• Qantas aircraft
• Qantalink aircraft
• Virgin Australia aircraft
• Royal Australia Air Force Hercules C130-J (TBC)
• Royal Australian Navy helicopter (TBC)
• Australian Federal Police fast roping demonstration from helicopter (TBC)
• Variety of aircraft from Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Aircraft including Super Constellation, Catalina, Lockheed Neptune, Douglas C47/DC3, De Havilland Caribou
• Brindabella Airlines aircraft J41
• Nangchang aircraft
• CT4 aircraft
• Cessna 182 aircraft
• L39 aircraft
• Tiger Moth aircraft
• Brumby aircraft
• Dragonfly aircraft
• EC-120 helicopter
• Airport Fire Brigade
• Plus more aircraft to be confirmed.
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Good folk of Gungahlin, please keep the evenings of the 13th and 14th of December open.

13th will be a special NBN Update meeting - lots of detail on the process of the rollout, installation details, etc. More detail as soon as we've locked down the venue.

14th is our regular GCC meeting and we already have LDA coming to talk about the "Nicholls Community Village" development plans, and Alistair MacCallum from AMC Architects to present plans for a large office development on Anthony Rolfe Ave - yes that's right - local jobs! By Geocon, who developed the Abode hotel.
And we'll have a couple of bottles of Christmas cheer and nibbles to follow our last meeting of a pretty eventful year!

- Alan Kerlin
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ACT Light Rail are asking some valid questions, after finding this response in the Government's own FAQ section on their website:
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Q: Why aren't you considering light rail?

A: The study will consider short, medium and long term options for improved public transport in the Northbourne Avenue corridor. In the short to medium term, this will be through the use of buses, with measures to give them priority over general traffic ensuring service reliability and faster travel times.

The design of the Northbourne Avenue corridor will incorporate future provision for light rail within the corridor. At present public transport passenger numbers within the corridor are in the order of 1500 per hour during the peak, which will continue to grow as Gungahlin develops further, residential density consolidates in the inner north suburbs and employment is consolidated in the CBD. Light rail would be considered be more viable as public transport passenger numbers approach 5000 per hour during the peak.
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Given that the ACT Government are making a point of being seen to be supporting the light rail option, these questions from ACTLR warrant answers:

"Why would you wait until passenger numbers reached 5000 before providing a better solution? Who determined this 5000 figure?"

Given the above evidence, one wouldn't have to be too much of a cynic to think the pro-rail comments are merely pre-election tactics...

- Alan Kerlin
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A more extensive article from Canberra Times on the Gungahlin light rail bid. AK
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The official word on verge maintenance via Twitter from @tamsmediaroom: People are reminded of their responsibilities in maintaining private gardens & nature strips next to public footpaths. AK
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From @ACTIONbuses: Don’t forget to have your say on the planned network improvements for 2012. Feedback closes in one week.
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Gungahlin Community Council (GCC) is a voluntary, not for profit, community-based association operating in the Gungahlin district of Canberra, in the Australian Capital Territory.
 
This area covers the north-northwest of the ACT between the ACT/NSW border, the Barton Highway to the south, and the Federal Highway to the east, including the village of Hall.
 
Our objective is to preserve and improve the social, cultural, economic and environmental well-being of Gungahlin and the Gungahlin community.
 
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