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The perilous path to Parliament gets a budget look-in

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Megan Doherty

Greens Senator Bob Brown has long campaigned for a better pathway to Parliament House.

Greens Senator Bob Brown has long campaigned for a better pathway to Parliament House. Photo: Andrew Sheargold

Greens Senator Bob Brown once said tourists walking from Civic to Parliament House "end up running for their lives" and "scrambling up banks through trees" such is the unfriendly nature of the road and path network, particularly around Capital Hill.

He has long championed a pedestrian pathway from Civic to Parliament House and now the soon-to-retire senator may be able to claim it as part of his political legacy.

The Federal Government has not yet agreed to fund the construction of the path.

But there is $100,000 in the kitty to find out whether it can or should be built - a feasibility study for a Parliament House Walk.

Senator Brown has for years been calling for a direct, uninterrupted walkway, saying Parliament House is "the iconic building of the nation's capital and the pivot of democracy, and visitors to Canberra should be able to easily access it".

"The existing route is an obstacle course and a clear walkway would be a tremendous boon for tourists and pedestrians," he said.

The ACT Government also supports the project, with Roads ACT considering signage for the walk as part of a broader signage project.

"With Canberra celebrating its centenary in 2013, the Parliament House Walk has the potential to be a great birthday present", Senator Brown said.

10 comments so far

  • Oh, for God sake! Just build it! $100K that this study wastes would go a long way to putting down at least 100m of the track!

    Commenter
    Liberte
    Location
    Canberra
    Date and time
    May 09, 2012, 2:24PM
    • Agree, it's need, so just do it

      Commenter
      Jitterry
      Date and time
      May 09, 2012, 2:41PM
  • Why do we need another path? There's a perfectly good easement between Old & New parliament House.

    Maybe a sign directing tourist (& pedestrians) near West Block might be a betted and significantly cheaper option, but given this government's propensity to spend without thinking (especially on ideas proposed by the greens) it seems to be a foregone conclusion.

    Commenter
    Julia Rudd
    Location
    the Lodge
    Date and time
    May 09, 2012, 3:26PM
    • You can't even walk from Civic to the other side of the lake without taking your life into your hands. It's ridiculous.

      Commenter
      John
      Date and time
      May 09, 2012, 3:39PM
      • You can if you take the footbridge between Civic pool and Commonwealth Park but most tourists won't know that.

        More signposting could be a cheaper option if this Bob Brown path doesn't go ahead.

        Commenter
        Wally
        Date and time
        May 09, 2012, 4:52PM
    • Use the $100k to build the path - don't waste it on a feasability study which will result in a recommendation to build it anyway!

      Commenter
      LOL
      Location
      Canberra
      Date and time
      May 09, 2012, 4:12PM
      • Our Governments employ huge numbers of public service personel with the full range of qualifications and skills but whenever we want anything built they have to go outside and get a consultant to do a feasibility report on whether it should be built or not, how it should be laid, where it should be laid and that'll be $100,000 (gst inc) thank you very much. Its a footpath for gods sake, just get some people to walk up the hill the easiest way, plot their course, measure 1 metre either side and lay the concrete. God why wasn't I born a consultant?

        Commenter
        Brian G
        Date and time
        May 09, 2012, 4:12PM
        • Regarding your birthright query, please note it has been referred to our consultant for reply.

          Commenter
          Arthur McKenzie
          Location
          Canberra
          Date and time
          May 10, 2012, 8:39AM
      • A $100,000 feasibility study? Clearly I need to get into the feasibility study game because it's a gold mine. Oh, that's right, we need to make sure the proposed path isn't in conflict with Walter B Griffin's completely overrated vision. No doubt, when the path is about to proceed, someone will discover that it will interrupt the native habitat of the world's last living hairy three eyed lady bug.

        Commenter
        JezCan
        Location
        Turner
        Date and time
        May 09, 2012, 4:47PM
        • Just goes to show how much Bob knows about the National Capital (limited to only between the airport/accomodation & parliment house) not to know that a right turn from Commonwealth Ave at Coronation Drive and then onto Queen Vic Terrace will take you to parliment house. So you can solve this with better signs, by the way I've never seen anyone walking anyway. Typical pet project from the loony greens.

          Commenter
          Bulldog
          Date and time
          May 10, 2012, 12:49PM

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