Vehicle bridge to Maggie a definite non- starter
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,