Run­ning fes­ti­val off the track

Townsville Bulletin - - OPINION -

ON Satur­day Au­gust 19 Townsville Run­ning Fes­ti­val will close the Pal­larenda road be­tween 5am and 1pm.

In 2016 I sug­gested that an al­ter­nate route around the Ross River Lin­ear Park would be pos­si­ble and would not re­quire any road clo­sures. This has been ig­nored. Townsville Run­ning Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers have a “duty of care” to Pal­larenda res­i­dents as in the event of a med­i­cal emer­gency e. g. heart at­tack, stroke, snake bite or fish­ing ac­ci­dent.

It will take emer­gency ser­vice ve­hi­cles in ex­cess of 30 min­utes to do the round trip be­tween Bun­dock St and Pal­larenda in­stead of the nor­mal time of less than 10 min­utes.

Also, dur­ing the road clo­sure pe­riod the ap­prox­i­mately 800 res­i­dents of Pal­larenda, who have no in­ter­est in run­ning, will not be able to go about their nor­mal work, so­cial and recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties ( in­clud­ing catch­ing flights from Townsville Air­port) with­out ex­ten­sive de­lays, as the road clo­sure means that the five- minute trip be­tween Pal­larenda and Bun­dock St will take ap­prox­i­mately 30 min­utes and only two round trips per hour be­tween Bun­dock St and Pal­larenda will be pos­si­ble. FRANK OSBORN,


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