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Wheelbarrow95

Same problem occurred with Fort Wayne. Hamilton have reached the population of nearly 400,000 and started to crash when CXL loads Hamilton. Fort Wayne stopped working when FW was around a million people. Looks like Hamilton is now gone. >:(:angry:

Seriously, what is happening with my CXL?

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As you might notice in the most of the pictures, North Hamilton is mostly houses with small shops, and Hamilton City is growing at a fast pace. Hamilton City Council have no choice to actually intervene North Hamilton's sleepy inner housing suburb into a true inner city district. Hamilton City Council and RetailsWilloughby allied up together into a development for a new shopping centre with the car parking space of 8,500; and will be located at Meyers Street, North Hamilton. Hamilton City Council seriously considering the concept of North Hamilton 2020 Plan, Flinders Park, the oldest park in the city will be expanded to a larger park, including a proposed site within Flinders Park to develop Telstra Stadium.The road through Flinders Park will be widened to ensure a smooth traffic flow into the CBD and outwards from the City Centre.

Hamilton City Council will widen Schnoell Road, the busiest artery in Hamilton to a four-lane road, rather than two-lane road. If this project has been approved by Hamilton City Council and Government of Willoughby, and if you live within the Flinders Park expansion zone, Hamilton City Council will relocate your house/apartment and invest you $100,000. The City Council will purchase you a true suburban home at north-west, including 2 years of tax-free life. Flinders Park was established by Sir Flinder in 1850s, and remains an important role for Hamilton, including Queens Domain. Hamilton Sports Park and Northshore Park both was a new park, established in the late 20th Century.

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Picture: This is the suburb of Northshore/Morris Park. Hamilton City Council wants to redevelop this area into a beautiful "satelite city centre", including

many of the cafes, nightclubs and a small cathedrals. The area highlighted in red is set to demolish and replace to a better area with better

designs, better life. Within the picture, you can see Hamilton Northshore apartments - top left and Hamilton Sports Park - top, including the development of a new baseball stadium which it is yet to be named.

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Picture: This is the proposed plans for Flinders Park expansion. The areas highlighted in light green and blue is set to be demolished and be replaced with a larger park. The areas coloured in purple is set to demolish and replace with higher density buildings, to expand the look of Hamilton skyline. The areas coloured in white (bottom centre) is set to develop a better small markets corner with 3 new large trees being planted. The areas coloured in brown/beige (between Sebel Tower and Hounslow Central) will be a new retail hotspot. The areas highlighted in yellow (and a purple line) is the site for a new shopping centre as mentioned above under the North Hamilton 2020 Plan. All of the purple crosses over the houses, it will be demolished and replaced with higher density apartments, or a new offices/retail or mixed building.

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A $558 million project to improve the life for Hamilton through sports, recreation and being active is coming into reality. Hamilton Sports Park development was approved yesterday at the City Hall, to resolve the big haul for more sports and clubs to encourage young children to get fit and healthy. $558 million development includes the demolishment proccess. The old buildings near Hamilton Northshore have been demolished and leave an extra 3.3 acres of grassland to develop on.

As part of Hamilton Sports Park, the new football stadium will be built, along with the expansion of Flinders Park and Hamilton Northshore parkland, including Queens Domain. Once when it is completely finished (it is actually finished anyway) , the residents would be able to enjoy a walk on the connected pathways from Hamilton Northshore to Flinders Park through Queens Domain and Hamilton Sports Park. As part of the $558 million funding, 487 new trees have been planted, including four new long connection pathways.

Hamilton Sports Park, Queens Domain, Northshore Park and Flinders Park was all seperated but with this project, it is now one huge park.

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It will be officially launched to the public in few days time. The images for Hamilton Sports Park will be released soon. So, keep in and tuned!

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The largest road-relating infrastructure have just launched yesterday by Hamilton City Council, Government of Willoughby and TransHamilton Authority. The newest and longest road tunnel will be built under the lake from Cessnock to Weston City. The tunnel is approximately to be 3.4 kilometres long, under the seabed of Lake Tuggeranong. "It will provide a faster access for the motorists and possibly bus route from Cessnock to Weston City with the fixed toll of $3.30 to use. The tunnel is expected to be completed by soon as 2011 with the contract negiotations with Benson Constructions." Mayor announced at the Congress.

The tunnel is officially named as NSBT, or if you prefer, North South Bypass Tunnel, and it will become the chain of M9 motorway, connecting from existing M2 motorway (at Cessnock) to Midland Road (at Weston City). The tunnel will provide a faster access for up to 60,000 vehicles, especially the trucks, freight vehicle and heavy trucks because Weston City is home to Hamilton's newest industurial district. Government of Willoughby is willing to fund 70% of the funding for the tunnel. The tunnel will cost Willoughby and Hamilton alone $2.8 billion to build, including the running cost of $1,750 per week. However Hamilton City Council convinces to the city that Hamilton will get a huge revenue from the tolls. If 60,000 cars did use the tunnel every day, then Hamilton will recieve the revenue of nearly $200,000 per day.

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The location where the North South Bypass Tunnel will be located at - under Lake Tuggeranong.

The tunnel will be able to fit four lanes, so which means two lanes per direction, with the speed limit of 100 - but at the enterance or exit of the tunnel, the speed limit is 70. The tunnel will be 60.8 metres under the sea bed, with the drilling boring machine equipped. North South Bypass Tunnel will be the longest tunnel in Willoughby upon the completition in May 2011. (Today date is December 30th, 2010)

Hamilton's motorway system will recieve a huge benefit from the tunnel because people from Cessnock can reach to Hamilton Airport within forty minutes, rather than using M2 motorway, then M4 (or M8) to Airport, which it will take them at least 50 to 70 minutes. Hamilton City Council will roll out new bus line by 2012. The new bus line will be a direct from Weston City to Cessnock to provide a faster journey. Around 60% of the residents who live at Cessnock, work at Weston City while 18.6% of Cessnock teenagers go to Weston City High School. Cessnock is a very small community, up to 19 kilometres away from Hamilton CBD.

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At Millbank Circle, the oldest upper-class district in Hamilton which it was developed in 1890. Hamilton City Council is now considering to demolish entire Millbank Circle, the beautiful old "town" into a modern highrise mecca. Over 40,000 people have signed the petition to stop this development movement. You can too! "The old homes, which it was built in the 19th Century at the oldest district of Hamilton is set to demolish, what is going on?" the local of Warrawyte told hamiltonnow.

The house at this address, Number 18 Millbank Circle, West Hamilton was the mayor residence for over 200 years until the recent mayor have decided to build himself a new modern house at Gavett Hill, 12 kilometre east from the CBD. That house was sold for $14.6 million dollars, because it was built in 1864 specifically for the Governor of Hamilton, then the generations passed down as a residence for the city mayor. The City Council urged to announce to the city that Millbank Circle itself will be saved however the houses and rowhomes dating back from 1890s will be, sadly, demolished to allow the development of modern highrises along the Circle.

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This area of Hamilton is extremely old, and some houses dates back to 1850s is still alive. The northern areas of Hamilton is mostly industurial and retail, but now we have witnessed a transition from old industurial district into a modern suburb. Hamilton City Council have approved to demolish a small set of land to allow the development of Telstra Stadium, and Telstra Stadium will be a large football stadium for Hamilton. Hamilton Bombers football club will be using Telstra Stadium as their homeground. After the completition of Telstra Stadium development and a launch of Hamilton Bombers, and then Bombers will join the national football league. Every Saturday night, it will have some intercity football games held at Telstra Stadium. The first scheduled game will be Hamilton Bombers v Maine Tigers, and it will be located at Telstra Stadium.

This picture was taken by the professional skydiver, Andrew Schultz.

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The existing M4 motorway which it links from Hamilton CBD to northwestern suburbs is a time-waster. Every day, it chokes up with thousands of cars in a traffic jam every morning when the workers go to their work in the City Centre. Hamilton City Council have recieved a lot of complaints from the locals, and demands to improve the M4 motorway.

Hamilton City Council knew that M4 couldn't be improved because once when the construction begins at M4, then the motorway would be closed, then workers will be forced to use the suburban road to the city, which it will take them around two extra hours to get to their work. The City Council have decided to build a new motorway which it also links from City Centre to the northwestern suburbs. The new motorway is M8, and it connects from Collins Street in the City Centre to M4/M8 Interchange at McLaughlin (northwestern suburb).

The construction have just completed and opened to the public, and the percentage of usage at M4 is 84% but dropped to 49%, and more and more people use the new M8. The new M8 motorway is entirely evelated, and links directly to the city without any exits, it is similar to the method of expressways and freeways. Hamilton's city-wide traffic jam have reduced a little bit because of an addition of the new motorway. Hamilton City Council is now considering to toll M8 motorway, because it would provide a revenue to the City's economy. The proposed fixed toll price is $2.80 to use the two-kilometre motorway. The old M4 motorway won't be closed and demolished. M8 now adds to the motorway system in Hamilton with four of other motorways.

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The speed limit for M8 is 90km/ph, and is 10km/ph faster than old M4.

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An international airport for Hamilton, it have been discussed since 1980, and it finally came into reality. Hamilton City Council approved all of the proposed plans for Hamilton's first airport. The airport have been officially named by TransHamilton Authority as Hamilton Airport on 8th December, 2010. The large national conference took place at Ried Conference Centre at Warrawyte Tower to decide if Hamilton Airport is to be the nation's major hub for the air transport. Maine Airport is quite small, so that why Hamilton Airport took an advantage.

Hamilton Airport architects, who designed New York's JFK (previously Idlewild Airport) and it gave a big thumbs up due to its unique bug-shaped airport terminal and one long east-west runway. Hamilton Airport is able to handle up to 6.8 million passengers per year, and the airport is due to be expanded in 2025. Greg Triolles, CEO of HAC (Hamilton Airport Corporation) mentioned that "Hamilton Airport will have the flight connections to Dubai, Paris, London, New York, Moscow, Sydney, Singapore, Johannesburg and Madrid. With all of these flight connections, Hamilton Airport will be quite busy."

The public transport system is expected to change soon because TransHamilton Authority is in the rush to connect Hamilton Airport to the CBD with the high frequency free-pass buses for the tourists and visitors. The new bus line - Skybus, which it will run every 15 minutes from the airport terminal to Adelaide Square Station, and the bus journey takes up to 25 to 35 minutes - depending on the traffic.

Over 15% of Hamilton residents took part of the city-wide protest over the airport development and its location. hamiltonnow reporter asked one of the local, Maxine Hewell, who outraged over that her house was right front of the runway end. Mrs Hewell, 38, who have two children and a husband will be forced to move out because of dangers and noise issues. Her house's backyard is extremely ugly because of the high barbed wire taking over the views. The plane will roar above her house every 30 minutes, or so. The first plane which landed at Hamilton Airport is Boeing 777 QF836, Qantas flight from Sydney Kingsford-Smith Airport to Hamilton. The flight took 4 hours 56 minutes.

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This famous photo was taken by co-pilot Andrew Field.

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This picture was taken by TransHamilton Authority helicopter.

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The most recent snapshot of the new Terminal 1, and northeastern parts of Airport City development - including

Hilton Hotel Airport Central.

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What is Integrated Transport 2030?

In 2009, around the same time when bus network was approved as a public transport option for Hamilton - Government of Willoughby launched the largest public transport project ever undertaken for Hamilton (Maine have a different project since 2006). The "project" is Integrated Transport 2030, which Government of Willoughby and Hamilton City Council work together to provide the best possible public transport for Hamilton, with the deadline of 2030.

The plans of Integrated Transport 2030 include the extenstive bus network around the city and to provide the World Class public transport system for Hamilton. The aim for this project, which it deadlines in 2030, to increase the usage of public transport from an average of 9% to 28% in twenty years. This project will also assist another project, which it was set by Government of Willoughby - Sustainable Hamilton 2012, to reduce the Carbon Dioxide percentage in the air from 12.6% to 10% by two years.

This map, which it is roughly designed by TransHamilton Authority, and THA claims that this idea will definately help the issue of traffic congestion, existing bus overcrowding and the development of future public transport system. As you can see that there are numerous of bus lines linking directly to the City Centre from the outskirts, and it is an example to show that the people who live in the suburbs could easily catch the public transport to the City Centre, where they work.

The image below explains you pretty everything about Integrated Transport 2030, and what Government of Willoughby and Hamilton City Council aims by the deadline of 2030:

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There are no ideas for the underground rail plans, because Hamilton City Council believed that Hamilton is too small to handle the underground rail system. Hamilton City Council and TransHamilton Authority agreed that if metro rail is any of need, it would be ready to public by as late as 2050.

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Adelaide Square Station is a brand new bus terminal in the city.

The idea of bus as a public transport for Hamilton was very new, and it was first discussed at the City Hall in 2009; to provide the best public transport possible for Hamilton. Adelaide Square site was chosen to be site for the largest bus station in Hamilton, and able to manage 12 bus lines around the city. Only a year ago when you have to rely on your friends or family relatives; or yourself to drive around Hamilton, but now you can catch 3 different bus lines which it covers almost everywhere around Hamilton. The bus lines are; 864 865 and 866. The number of lines will be expanded in 2012, as part of the Integrated Transport 2030 Project.

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5 | Park life

Hamilton loves the parks.

Every year, Hamilton City Council spends $10 million on the parklands and every five years, there are one new large park. At the moment, there are nine "large" parklands within 5 kilometres of the City Centre. The largest parkland is the Angel Hill, which it has just became the national park because Hamilton City Council wanted to protect Angel Hill park. The oldest park is Flinders Park, which it was landscaped in 1863. In the early 1900s, there are five new parklands, including Queens Domain. Hamilton, the city itself revolves around the parks and trees and even there are so many tree-lined roads around the inner city. The image below, it was taken by Lucas Tregal from a helicopter.

1ST PICTURE: As you can see Hamilton Northshore (bottom right), Westgate Motorway (centred), Mt Stromlo (middle left) and the City Hall - before King George Square was developed (middle right). The long parkland (bottom centred) - it is the Queens Domain, which it was landscaped in 1922, except two man made lakes which it was added in early 21st Century.

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2ND PICTURE: The second picture shows the landscape and surroundings of the oldest park - Flinders Park, with its unique triangle design. As you can see the cylinder-shaped building, it is the Sebel apartment tower. Sebel is the first "tower" to break 30 metres mark in 1964, and also first apartment tower ever built in Hamilton. After the development of Sebel, Hamilton CBD (Central Business District) began to grow taller.

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250Alice is the tallest tower, which the construction was just completed and dominated Hamilton skyline with staggering 283 metres up in the sky, beating the former tallest - Central Plaza 2 which it roses 252 metres up. 250Alice is designed by Hamilton-based architects Harchitect, and was developed by X3M. 250Alice is the mixed use building, with at least twenty floors occupied by retail and office, and up to fifty floors as private residential apartments, including studios and penthouses. The top floor, Floor 73, is the famous floor for its striking views from its observation deck and the Cafe73. 250Alice started the construction in 2007, and delayed the scheduled completition date due to the workers strikes in 2009. Nowaday, 250Alice looks so beautiful, and fitted very well with Hamilton skyline, but still looks rather unique because it is like a tall popping pencil standing at the far end of the City Centre.

The picture below was taken by TransHamilton Authority helicopter on the day of its completition and was released to the media for national coverage because it has just became the national tallest tower by four metres, beating Maine's Inglis Tower. Despite that Hamilton is second largest city in Willoughby, and is not the capital city, and yet Hamilton is the tallest city in Willoughby, by the height of every skyscrapers added to one height.

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"Today was one of most rembarkable day of our lives! Get out of your house, and drive straight to the troubled Westgate Motorway. Why is that? Westgate Motorway, for first time, is free of traffic jam!" Traffic Control reporter told hamiltonnow Newspaper. "Read the annual Sunday Mail, or tune in to Channel 10 for hamiltonnow news tonight at 5:30pm to check out the rembarkable point of our lives." - "Westgate Motorway was always troubled with traffic congestion, and one of highest usage of car traffic in the country of Willoughby, but today, I mean, now at 11:30am when we saw the motorway was almost free of traffic jams!" Steven Fair told to Transport for Hamilton (Government Transport Department).

But it won't last long until the peak hour at 3:30pm until 8pm.

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Hamilton Northshore

Tower One Tower Two Tower Three Tower Four

Hamilton Northshore is undeniably largest development project ever undertaken in the City of Hamilton, with the development area totalling up to 2,6 acres, including one large block of four apartment towers. Within the project, Hamilton Northshore, it includes the large man made lake deliberately designed to parrallel the Eastern Link motorway. Hamilton Northshore project has been completed, and now 5,667 inhabitants live within the apartment building with the striking views of the City Centre, and the views of suburbs and lakes with the motorways.

As part of the Northshore project, four new basketball courts, skatepark and an Aquatic Centre have been built to increase the ideology of being fit, active and recreation. Nowadays, the sport, recreation and relaxing method of living is extremely popular in Hamilton, the sport is flourishing here. The city loves sport, and willing to spend thousands on a single part of sport. Hamilton Northshore is within the Prime Development Zone (PDZ), so which means, all of the inner city houses will be demolioshed in order to allow the redevlopments of higher density apartments, commercial or offices.

The prices for one apartment block on the Tower One (with the views of the City Centre) is $436,000 or the base rent price of $556 per week; and the shocking gap of apartment price between Tower One and Tower Four. The prices for Tower Four (with the views of the North/Eastern suburbs) is $214,700 or the base rent price of $392 per week. Come over, and purchase your very own apartment, or studio, or a penthouse, perhaps? The apartment is selling out fast.

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