Light Rail Connection
IT’S alarming if, in our local and state government departments, no one capable of co-ordinating a preliminary strategy on this subject can be found and, even more so, that apparently an expensive cop-out is under consideration.
Decades of short-sightedly planned development, based on greed rather than need, have landed the Coast with a growing and irreversible traffic problem. In the early ’80s, the poet laureate John Manifold described as crimes: “pollution that makes our skies go dim ... and the villas thick as lice, that cover Buderim”. Surely, local surveyors should be able to evaluate access points to and, where possible, extension of existing railways.
Selecting town centres, tourist destinations, industrial centres, hospitals, universities, airports, etc and collecting statistical data to evaluate priorities would not present great difficulties.
The big challenge to connect those points with, perhaps, a “suspended monorail public transport system”, with the least impact on existing developments and environment, will require a great deal of engineering input into which research should be started early. The difficult task of recruiting a committee of representatives of the various interests, capable of constructive, progressive and rational thought, should start now. — Bram Smit