Light Rail Con­nec­tion

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

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

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