ROE 8 DILEMMA
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