Con­flict of in­ter­est on Mag­gie bridge

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

IN a re­cent ar­ti­cle, Wil­liam Con­don dis­cussed the build­ing of a bridge to Mag­netic Is­land.

I find Brid­get Wood’s re­ply a con­flict of in­ter­est as two di­rec­tors of TEC have in­ter­ests in the port and the ferry.

I be­lieve that the ferry would still have work as far as in­ter­na­tional tourists go and that the bridge would en­hance the is­land’s at­trac­tion, where vis­i­tors find it hard to be able to take their own ve­hi­cles over.

The costs of houses on the is­land have dropped. Ac­ces­si­bil­ity via the bridge would al­low Townsville res­i­dents to work in the CBD but live on the is­land, elim­i­nat­ing the cost of the ferry.

The in­for­ma­tion cen­tres need to be up­graded to cap­ture the trav­el­ling tourists who would stay longer in Townsville and help the econ­omy.

I think that this de­bate war­rants at­ten­tion by the Townsville Coun­cil to se­ri­ously look at this al­ter­na­tive. Con­grat­u­la­tions to Wil­liam Con­don for hav­ing the fore­sight to raise the is­sue and let’s hope that an hon­est de­bate will pre­vail. JOHN WRIGHT,

Black River.

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