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Pedestrians face a safety risk
Colin Lyons believes the speed limit on Coulter Drive needs to be lowered to allow pedestrians to reach the bus stop.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Initiatives haven't improved
access issues to bus stop
''Overall a lot of
money has been
spent, and it's no
A WEETANGERA resident
fears there will be dangerous
ramifications if a nearby road's
speed limit is not reduced.
Colin Lyons began cam-
paigning for increased safety
measures along Coulter Drive
more than 12 months ago.
He requested the speed limit
between Shumack Street and
Springvale Drive be lowered
from 80km/h to 60km/h to
allow pedestrians safer access
to a bus stop across the road.
In response to his request,
Roads ACT engaged a consult-
ant to assess the road who
recommended that some shrubs
be trimmed to improve sight
distance and a pedestrian island
be installed. However Mr
Lyons said the initiatives made
the road even more dangerous,
with the island narrowing the
area through which cars drove.
''Cars could easily mount the
pedestrian island ... by no
means would it ensure ped-
estrian safety,'' he said.
''The keep left sign has only
been there a couple of months
and it's already been knocked
''Overall a lot of money has
been spent, and it's no safer.''
He said a pedestrian crossing
or an overpass would have been
a better way to spend the funds,
but a Roads ACT spokesman
''A pedestrian crossing is not
appropriate given the 80km/h
environment and it is also not
warranted based on the number
of pedestrians and vehicles
using the road,'' he said.
''[Territory and Municipal
Services] has not received any
complaints about these imp-
rovements and we have no
reason to believe they have not
improved safety at this
The spokesman said Roads
ACT had recently completed a
review of speed limits on
arterial roads and the review
had confirmed the 80km/h
speed limit was adequate for
Mr Lyons disagreed, and was
still adamant that the road
posed a serious safety risk.
''I think it's inevitable there
will be more accidents. The
safety issues are still there,'' he
Nikias Diamond builder Dimitri Stramarcos at Bonner shops where
Woolworths will be opened next month.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Shop boom begins
to bloom in Bonner
FROM February Bonner residents
will no longer need to travel to
Gungahlin for their groceries.
Woolworths will open before the
end of the month, with a Woolwor-
ths Liquor, Coffee Guru and Chick-
en Gourmet stores to follow.
Mark Thompson from LJ Hooker
said he was still looking for two
more tenants for the complex.
''We're talking to a couple of
businesses,'' he said. ''Ideally we'd
like to see something like a baker, a
newsagent or a hairdresser.''
Mr Thompson said interest in the
local shops had been strong.
''We're keen to make sure we get
the best mix of shops for the area,''
he said. ''We could have filled it up
with restaurants but that's not what
a local shops is about. It's about
providing real activity and services
that the community needs.''
Chicken Gourmet owner Gerry
Sanfrancesco saw Bonner as an
opportunity to expand his business
and move away from the city, where
he operates two stores.
''I'm always looking for other
spots and I think it'll be great out
there,'' he said. ''The area is really
He hopes to open his takeaway
store after Easter, with more of a
focus on pizza and some healthier
''We're trying to target families
at home,'' he said.
Hawker Village upgrade plan overkill
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Friends of Hawker Village spokesman
Warren Prince criticised what Mr
Dawes labelled as an ''open and
transparent'' consultation process.
Mr Prince said the Land Develop-
ment Agency had made ''secret deals''
with shop owners in a bid to gain their
support for the plan.
''It's obvious there are deals being
done,'' he said. ''Why should one
stakeholder get a massive benefit when
the biggest stakeholder is the com-
munity? ''It's public land, the land
does not belong to the government, and
we're entitled to get the best bang for
While he said the Government ought
to consider scaling back the plan, he
questioned the cost of such an exercise.
''Is the government prepared to
spend even more money ... when the
majority doesn't want it at all,'' he
''How many plans can you come up
with? ''The LDA in my opinion is bent
on getting this development through.
There may be reputations at the LDA
on the line if they don't get it
While comments on the plan
officially close today, Mr Dawes said
he would be willing to accept late
To have your say on the Hawker
Groups Centre master plan, visit
THE inaugural meeting of the
Ginninderra Falls Association -- the
working group to establish a
National Park -- will be held in two
weeks time to formally incorporate
the group and its supporters.
The meeting will be held on
February 14 from 7.30pm until 9pm
in the Community Room of the
Canberra Ornithologists Group
president Chris Davey will give a
presentation on Birds of the
Ginninderra Gorge and
Murrumbidgee River Corridor.
For details of the work so far and
future events, see
FIRST SHIFT IN NEW STATION
ACT Policing will officially move into
its new Belconnen Police Station on
the corner of Benjamin Way and
Market Street today.
Officer-in-charge of Belconnen
Police Station Sergeant Matt
Corbitt said this was a significant
milestone for ACT Policing,
providing officers with a state-of-
the-art police station.
''The former Belconnen Police
Station on Lathlain Street has
served its time, and is well past its
use-by-date,'' he said.
The 2800sqm building will house
more than 100 police officers and
staff, and feature facilities such as a
public access foyer and counter,
five holding cells, incident rooms,
welfare counselling, an area for
victims of crime, a muster room and
breath analysis area.
PIZZA DRIVER ROBBED AT
A PIZZA delivery driver was robbed
at knifepoint on Saturday night in
The 26-year-old Domino's Pizza
driver was dispatched about
11.50pm to deliver two pizzas to an
address in Hawker. When he
arrived at the address he realised
that the street number provided did
The driver got out of his gold Ford
Focus to try and locate the person/
s who ordered the pizza. A short
time later he was approached by
two men, with one thrusting a knife
towards his neck and the second
person putting the knife towards his
The men made off with two pizzas,
a Domino's pizza warmer and a
small amount of cash.
The men are described as wearing
black face masks, white hoodies,
gloves and three quarter length
MAN ROBBED AT BUS STATION
ACT Policing is seeking witnesses
to an aggravated robbery of a man
at the Belconnen Community Bus
Station on Wednesday, January
About 3.15pm the 37-year-old man
was waiting to catch a bus when he
was approached by an unknown
female asking for money.
After giving the woman some coins
he noticed his bag missing. When
he asked other nearby passengers
where his bag was a woman
pointed in the direction of the
When the man asked the female for
his bag back she produced a sharp
metal object and threatened him.
The man gave chase however the
female picked up some broken
glass and threatened the man
The female was last seen in
Chandler Street entering the
Belconnen Labor Club.
The offender is described of
Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander
appearance, aged in her mid to late
20s, about 160cm tall with long dark
hair and a slim build.
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