ROE 8 DILEMMA

Fremantle Gazette - - OPINION -

The ROE 8 cam­paign has shown us a bit more about our­selves.

Ideally, projects like Roe 8 would en­cour­age a con­struc­tive de­bate about how we want to shape our city, where different opin­ions would come to­gether to en­rich and im­prove the out­come for every­body.

This, how­ever, has not al­ways been the case dur­ing the Roe 8 cam­paign.

In­stead of of­fer­ing con­struc­tive ideas many opin­ions have been dis­mis­sive, show­ing a lack of em­pa­thy and un­der­stand­ing of oth­ers and an at­ti­tude of “not in my back­yard”.

For ex­am­ple, there were peo­ple say­ing “make the road I drive safer, build Roe 8”.

This pe­ti­tion may be very rea­son­able.

How­ever, mov­ing trucks from one sub­urb or “back­yard” to an­other may bring other types of problems to other peo­ple or “back­yards”.

Problems such as noise, vis­ual and air pol­lu­tion could af­fect some­one’s life in many ways.

And this could be as im­por­tant for some as road safety for oth­ers.

In the case of the trucks, if no­body wants them, wouldn’t it be bet­ter to work to­gether to come up with a so­lu­tion to get rid of them so we all win? INGRID HILLMER Hamil­ton Hill

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