Meet­ing place

Mercury (Hobart) - - YOUR VOICE - Robert Rod­way East Ris­don Yvonne Stark Bat­tery Point San­dra Gil­more Snug Julie Sch­midt Kingston Beach

Beau­ti­ful, but less­ened

TOURISM is a cruel and avari­cious mis­tress. Bruny Is­land is feel­ing her lash. In the past few weeks more than 10 vis­i­tors to the is­land have ended up in am­bu­lances en route to the Royal Hos­pi­tal emer­gency ward af­ter traf­fic ac­ci­dents on the Alon­nah-Lu­nawanna road, one of which in­volved a minibus. The road had be­come a night­mare for vis­i­tors and lo­cals as huge pot­holes ap­peared dur­ing re­me­dial works to cater for tourists at The Neck. Main­te­nance of this trou­ble­some sec­tion, which con­tin­ues to the light­house, seemed to have fallen off the radar un­til lo­cals aired their frus­tra­tion on one of the is­land’s Face­book pages. Next day the grader re­turned. I have wit­nessed the ef­fects of tourism in an­other town in which I lived, Mar­garet River. The tram­pling feet of tourism threat­ened its coastal en­vi­ron­ment and changes like those at The Neck were op­posed by soul surfers for years un­til they bowed to the in­evitable. Years later those changes have soft­ened and the en­vi­ron­ment has to some ex­tent re­cov­ered. This is how it is with The Neck, IT is piti­ful a mi­nor­ity of en­vi­ron­men­tal­ists have dis­played a neg­a­tive at­ti­tude to­wards a makeover of the pop­u­lar Bruny Is­land Neck. This de­vel­op­ment will en­hance the view and pro­vide an ideal meet­ing place for tourists and lo­cals which is a credit to our State Govern­ment. The know-alls against the im­prove­ments should go to Sandy Bay beach dur­ing the sum­mer sea­son where they will see mo­tor ve­hi­cles parked from one end to the other with­out any prob­lems, in­clud­ing a very good view of the River Der­went.


SURELY the time has come for Govern­ment and coun­cils to un­der­stand our tourism growth is due to our nat­u­ral un­com­pro­mised beauty, not car parks for hordes of peo­ple and buses. If Lord Howe Is­land’s ex­am­ple of cap­ping num­bers on A new way to have your say the­mer­ read­ers have a new way to have their say. It’s free to use, just regis­ter and have your say. For more de­tails and to regis­ter, visit the web­site.

Other look­outs

AN­OTHER op­tion would have been to close the look­out which is on dif­fi­cult ter­rain — af­ter all there are plenty of other more vi­able scenic look­outs on the is­land. The Wine­glass Bay park­ing ground is an­other ex­am­ple of what could go wrong. It now re­sem­bles a shop­ping cen­tre carpark. Good to see the Bob Brown Foun­da­tion speak out against a pro­posed track to Lake Geeves. Is noth­ing sa­cred? There are those who would pre­fer the chal­lenge of wild bush tracks in­stead of gar­den paths. The Three Capes caters ad­e­quately for those who want it easy and ac­ces­si­ble.

Hang­ing on

We used to have a land­line tele­phone that worked if the power went off. Now we have NBN fi­bre to the node, so now we don’t. Progress?


I WON­DER what would hap­pen if the Soc­ceroos were re­quired to fol­low dual-cit­i­zen­ship ex­clu­sion rules?

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