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CONVOY PROTEST TO CANBERRA CREATES PROBLEMS BECAUSE IT WAS SMALLER THAN EXPECTED

CONVOY PROTEST TO CANBERRA CREATES PROBLEMS FOR BUSINESSES

The ACT Government will seek a better financing deal from the Commonwealth to help pay for major national events after being hit with massive costs to ensure yesterday’s Convoy of No Confidence proceeded smoothly.

Only a small fraction of the thousands of people expected to take part in a Parliament House rally actually arrived in Canberra.

About 300 vehicles took part in the Canberra leg of the convoy, which culminated in several hundred people rallying on the lawns of Parliament House to demand an early election.

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Thousands of Canberra residents took the day off, worked from home or arrived at work late to avoid the traffic chaos which was expected to accompany the arrival of the trucks, four-wheel-drives, caravans and other vehicles in the convoy.

The decision by so many people to stay off the roads and the smaller-than-expected size of the convoy meant that many major roads were free-flowing during the morning peak period.

Chief Minister Katy Gallagher welcomed the smooth passage of the protest but said the Government was unhappy with the wasted effort by ACT Government agencies in managing the event. Northbourne Avenue and the Tuggeranong Parkway both recorded declines of 25 per cent in traffic levels between 8am and 9am yesterday as commuters tried to avoid the congestion that never materialised.

There were 400 less vehicles on Northbourne Avenue in the one-hour period and 770 less on the Tuggeranong Parkway.

Plans to coordinate traffic lights on Northbourne Avenue only had to be activated twice throughout the morning.

Ms Gallagher said she would be having words with the Commonwealth Government over the ACT having to shoulder the brunt of protest actions.

August 23rd, 2011
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