Ratepayer funds

Whitsunday Times - - LO­CAL NEWS -

HOW much of Whit­sun­day ratepay­ers’ funds have been wasted on the wail­ing wall at the top of the main street of Air­lie sim­ply to en­able buses to turn around at the end of Air­lie Cres­cent?

A sim­ple “No Through Road” sign could have been erected and buses should not need to en­ter this area.

My un­der­stand­ing was that the whole fo­cus of the main street of Air­lie up­grade was to main­tain a vil­lage at­mos­phere.

This meant get­ting large ve­hi­cles to use Water­son Way (the rea­son we were given for its de­vel­op­ment in the first place).

How­ever coun­cil in its wis­dom com­man­deered the old taxi rank on the main street and cre­ated a bus stop, de­spite the pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion process which over­whelm­ingly sup­ported get­ting the buses out of the main street.

Ap­par­ently coun­cil only lis­tens to pub­lic opin­ion when it is in line with coun­cil pol­icy.

Please tell me now that more ratepayer funds are not be­ing used to sub­sidise the lat­est “free” bus ser­vice.

Now we have these ve­hi­cles belch­ing diesel fumes through the cen­tre of town and the al fresco din­ing precinct all night as well.

When is Coun­cil go­ing to ac­knowl­edge pub­lic opin­ion and send the buses via Water­son Way, or was the de­vel­op­ment of the “by­pass road” just a ploy to cre­ate ac­cess to prop­erty for de­vel­op­ers? Rob John­ston Rior­dan­vale

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