There’s a rea­son peo­ple were frus­trated at bridge meet­ing

POST Newspapers - - Letters To The Post - Doug Robb Sal­adin Street, Swan­bourne

The let­ter, Shout­ing’s not go­ing to re­solve is­sue – but quiet con­sul­ta­tion can (POST, No­vem­ber 3), did not men­tion the is­sues that con­trib­uted to the frus­tra­tion of many of the peo­ple at the Main Roads pub­lic meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 24 about re­plac­ing the Swan­bourne rail­way bridge.

There is no ques­tion that calmer ap­proaches are much more ef­fec­tive, how­ever Main Roads also needs to be ac­count­able and per­haps even ad­dress some of its ac­tions.

First off, the fly­ers ad­vis­ing of this pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion were de­liv­ered to Ned­lands res­i­dents and not those of the im­me­di­ately af­fected ar­eas, which helped cre­ate some neg­a­tive views from key res­i­dents from the out­set.

Sec­ond, the pre­sen­ta­tion by Main Roads fo­cused more on why the ex­ist­ing bridge needed to be re­moved and less on what the at­ten­dees were wor­ried about – in­creased traf­fic and other im­pacts.

Af­ter ad­vis­ing the at­ten­dees that they had lim­ited time, Main Roads rep­re­sen­ta­tives threw up sev­eral slides show­ing com­plex engi­neer­ing draw­ings of the old bridge foun­da­tions (even if there were struc­tural engi­neers in the crowd, you couldn’t see the tiny de­tails any­way).

As these in­ef­fec­tive slides were shown, it was clear that the frus­tra­tion lev­els were in­creas­ing.

Once again, calmer con­sul­ta­tions are much more ef­fec­tive, but it needs to be high­lighted that there were some un­der­ly­ing is­sues that con­trib­uted to at­ten­dees’ frus­tra­tion.

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