Driven mad by poor roads

Albany Advertiser - - OPIN­ION - John Robert­son Al­bany

Spring has sprung, the birds are twit­ter­ing, bees buzzing, we are clean­ing win­dows and feel­ing good — and our mayor is telling us how well we are go­ing and how well we have gone in the last term.

The Goode Beach mob are telling us how they sup­port progress (not in their patch, of course) and we have the prospec­tive can­di­dates for the forth­com­ing elec­tion telling us how they can im­prove what we have.

We have our Fed­eral and State politi­cians telling us how they will sup­port us, (maybe, it de­pends) and we even have La­bor MP Alan­nah MacTier­nan hold­ing hands with Greens mem­ber Diane Evers at a rally at Mid­dle­ton beach in sup­port of gay mar­riage.

Un­for­tu­nately, all those in­ter­ested in the fu­ture of Al­bany haven’t taken no­tice of our lo­cal roads.

It ap­pears those who have ideals and dreams for our fu­ture, in­clud­ing our prospec­tive can­di­dates, are happy to drive around our city over pot­holes and the other bits re­paired by stomp­ing in a bit of street as­phalt and go­ing on their merry way.

For a pos­i­tive fu­ture, our coun­cil needs to go back to the grass­roots of their char­ter, stop fid­dling with our roads and start ne­go­ti­at­ing with Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ments to have a ma­jor in­put of fi­nance to resur­face our roads, bring­ing them up to the stan­dards of the roads in res­i­den­tial ar­eas of Perth.

They might have a bat­tle when we have our Fed­eral mem­ber Rick Wil­son ad­vis­ing us he won’t sup­port those who voted him into Par­lia­ment if the ma­jor­ity of our coun­try vote in sup­port of same­sex mar­riage and we vote oth­er­wise and WA Fed­eral mem­ber Mathias Cor­mann stat­ing it would be un­fair to take money from other States in ref­er­ence to the GST.

It is up to our coun­cil to demon­strate a bit of “get up and go” and our lo­cal Fed­eral and State mem­bers to sup­port Al­bany and stop treat­ing res­i­dents as in­signif­i­cant.

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