Mitchell Caravans has been forced to close due to bungling Bueurocrats at the ACT Government. Following the rain in March, these idiots couldn't decide whether to upgrade the road or repair it, so instead they closed it! The outcome was that our business collapsed and a number of innocent parties and ourselves lost thousands. Apparently that doesn't matter.
The Labour Party protects the jobs an interests of these idiots over the welfare of the greater community. Heaven forbid a few useless publics servants should lose their jobs! IF YOU HAVE BEEN AFFECTED, DO NOT VOTE LABOUR AT THE UPCOMING ACT GOVT ELECTIONS. - SEND A MESSAGE!
If you would like more information on how this ridiculous situation came about - read below.
Here are the details relating to the road closure and how it has impacted on Mitchell Caravans. The road was actually closed twice, firstly following the road flooding in March and then later in April.
1. 1st March Morisset Rd closed due to flooding.
2. 5th March. Flooding over Morriset Rd subsides but road remains closed due to potholes
3. 16th March. Morisset Rd still closed
4. Mid March. We have a visit from ACT Roads advising that they may close the road. They have been advised that road works to upgrade the road will commence in May and asked us to advise. We stated that we would be ok with the road closing as long as sufficient advertising was done for us and we were compensated for the loss of business as it would save ACT Roads significant costs for repairs that would be dug up in six weeks.
5. Late March. Morisset Rd reopened without any repairs being done.
6. 2nd April. Due to the impact on the number of people through the yard while the road was closed, we started recording a daily log of visitors in case the road was closed again.
7. 12th April. Secured a permanent job with TransACT commencing 21st May to inject further capital into Mitchell Caravans.
8. 20th April. Advised by ACT Roads that the road was going to be closed again until further notice.
9. 30th April. Road Closed
10. 1st May through to 8th May. Discussed verbally with ACT Roads on how long the road was to be closed. They were dependent on advice from EDD on the road upgrade that was expected to start in May but had not received any advice they could pass on.
11. 8th May. Discussed with Tony Gill the status of the road and he advised me to formally write in to him stating our situation.
12. 9th May. Letter sent to Tony Gill ACT Roads
13. 15th May. Discussed the situation further with EPIC and got the contact name of the Project Manager for the road upgrade at EDD, Mike McGrath. Tried to contact Mike and he advised me that plans to upgrade Morisset Rd were subject to the ACT budget and that he couldn’t comment. I explained our situation and he offered no assistance.
14. 16th May. Wrote to David Dawes the Director General of EDD stating our situation and requesting assistance from EDD. No response has been received from this letter.
15. 29th May. I spoke to the Planning Officer (I did not record the name) in charge of the approval process for the widening of Morisset Rd within ACTPLA. He stated that the planning had been completed and all approvals had been processed for the upgrade of Morisset Rd. There were still two options on the table with the upgrade. One was to widen the road to 4 lanes and the other was to leave it as two lanes and that the decision for this was with EDD. The only required approval was for budget to be approved for the work.
16. 30th May. Following discussions with support staff within EDD about the lack of response, they recommended we contact Andrew Barr, the Minister in charge of EDD requesting if he can provide assistance. An email was sent to Andrew Barr on the 30th May
17. 7th June. Road works commenced to repair the potholes and the road was reopened.
18. 25th June. Mitchell Caravans placed into voluntary administration due to cash flow issues
19. 27th June. Received letter from Andrew Barr advising that the road had be reopened and that development of Morisset Rd is subject to environmental issues with the development of the suburb of Kenny. The delay because of the environmental issues is contrary to the advice provided by ACTPLA and further misinformation.
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