CLEM7 Community Day (28/02/2010)

Since I’ve been busy with my foundation year work, I just managed to post the community day of Australia’s longest tunnel now.

The journey began at Cultural Centre bus stop, that’s where I started and ended my day most of the time. In every bus stops that the CLEM7 bus loop service stops (Cultural Centre, Woolloongabba, Queen Street etc), there would always be one person from the Brisbane city council equipped with a sheet of small paper and pen counting how many persons using the bus.

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This photo was taken while I waited for the CLEM7 bus to come. Platform 4 of Cultural Centre bus stop was specially used for people intending to visit the community day. Some precautions before attending the event were stated.

The bus would drop you off at the Bowen Hills side of CLEM7 tunnel end. There, a standard western-style show was held. The Brisbane city council maximised this event to promote their innovation in reducing congestion in Brisbane. Of course, there are other attractions besides that such as food and drink stalls as well as car exhibition.

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Yup, this kind of funky-styled car was displayed on the community day.

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Along with the funky-styled car, the team from Queensland Fire and Rescue was also there giving children the opportunity to ride on their fire truck.

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Meanwhile, this old-styled bus was there to sell calendars. I believe the money raised was used for charity purposes.

Apart from all the fun stated-above, there was also competition heated up between three Brisbane radio stations; Triple M 104.5FM, 4BH 882 and 4BC 1116 (the last two stations are both owned by Southern Cross Radio). As you know, a battle of rating and popularity among radio stations. What surprised me is that Australia is still using the AM frequency on the radio. In Singapore, there’s no radio station operating on the frequency whereas in my hometown there were about two to three stations still using the frequency.

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Triple M booth

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Since being owned by a single company, 4BH and 4BC used only one booth and they invited a very special guest and that guest is ……
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Brisbane’s Lord Mayor Campbell Newman having discussion with the radio hosts.

Up till now nobody knows when the tunnel will be opened to the public for traffic use. On the community day itself, there was a fun run held earlier in the morning but it turned out to be a disaster as many runners didn’t get enough water. In the afternoon, it was the public turn to walk (not run) in the tunnel.

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This is CLEM7 entrance from Bowen Hills in the north.

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Many people no matter of their race, religion, language, background and age managed to complete the slightly more than 6.8 km walk. When they reached the lowest point of the tunnel, which is 60 m under the Brisbane River, visitors would get a sticker saying that they’ve reached the lowest point of the tunnel or something similar to that. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the sticker even though I managed to get to the lowest point.

Like what I’ve written earlier, Brisbane city council used it to promote their new innovations from the tunnel to ‘bike rental’ scheme.

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A diorama of a normal traffic on the Story Bridge

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If you look from the other side, you’ll notice a CityCat ferry travelled on the Brisbane River.
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And underneath the Brisbane River and Story Bridge, there is a diorama of the CLEM7 tunnel.

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On the other hand, Brisbane will not only have Australia’s currently longest tunnel but also will be the first Australian city to launch the ‘bike rental’ scheme which will be introduced in the middle of this year. The scheme branded as ‘CityCycle’ will have 150 bikes pick-up points across the city with a fleet of 2000 bicycles ready to be rolled out. About payment, I’m not so sure about this but regular subscribers to this service will pay cheaper than tourists or visitors using CityCycle bikes.

That’s not all from the event. There were also booths on Brisbane’s City Hall which currently undergoing renovation, seller of CLEM7 certificate (to prove that you’re among the first 50,000 people to travel in the tunnel) and more. Last but not really least important is this group of Africans entertaining the show.
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That’s all from me for now. There will be a special post about my visit to the lowest point of the tunnel. For now, good night.

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