Ve­hi­cle bridge to Mag­gie a def­i­nite non- starter

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

THE hype on a bridge to Mag­netic Is­land needs to be qui­etly eu­thanised. It will never hap­pen. The lo­gis­tics of a bridge con­struc­tion is the easy part.

You can al­most walk to West Point at low tide. The prob­lems on land are those that will be in­sur­mount­able.

Any­one who reg­u­larly uses the is­land’s nar­row par­tially moun­tain­ous roads will be aware that ex­treme care has to be taken due to their width and blind cor­ners.

Horse­shoe Bay Es­planade can’t cope with traf­fic at present so any in­crease in ve­hi­cle move­ments would be worse than chaotic.

The is­land is a Na­tional Park and get­ting ap­proval from the gov­ern­ment to scarf out pieces of hill­side and se­cure other state- owned land to sig­nif­i­cantly widen roads would be like pulling teeth.

There is al­ready a min­i­mum of park­ing at pop­u­lar lo­ca­tions and again with no op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand.

An in­flux of the Ly­cra brigade as well as the in­evitable revheads on the roads would not help tourism on the is­land.

Black River Sta­dium Car­a­van Park owner Bill Condon, like Doug Tarca be­fore him, are to be con­grat­u­lated for their con­tri­bu­tion to is­land tourism and abil­ity to think out­side the square but I feel Bill is off the mark this time.

Maybe some­one should dust off the late Tony Rock’s plans for a mono­rail to Mag­netic. Tony had a high de­gree of en­gi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­ity and I be­lieve had done a full fea­si­bil­ity study and said it was quite doable.

Now that would be iconic and an eye- catcher from a tourist view­point.

Maybe it’s worth Sealink, a pub­lic com­pany with re­sources, hav­ing a look at. GRA­HAM WHEELER,


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