Inlet link not wanted in hamlet
I write in response to the Times’ front-page story, “Linking towns on the cards”.
It refers to a feasibility study to improve access between Scott River and Augusta to boost trade and visitation to the shire’s southern end.
What the article fails to mention is where this “access” is mooted.
A newly formed committee has proposed a ferry or barge would cross the Hardy Inlet to East Augusta giving both sides of the river social inclusion, an escape route in a fire event, plus increased tourism opportunities.
First, those of us who live in East Augusta are more than happy with our social network and the peace and quiet of our tiny hamlet.
That is why we choose to live here. As far as an escape route from bushfires, I fail to see why an endangered populace would be transferred to an even greater fire-risk zone when they would be adequately cared for at several sites close by.
In consideration of a proposed barge or ferry, how many people could be moved at one crossing?
Also, the inlet is subject to considerable tidal movement, strong winds and sandbar formation. There is no objection whatsoever to the building of a substantial sealed road network along Governor Broome Road, connecting to Sues Road for industries in the Scott River/ Nannup shire districts which is a very sound idea.
But to build a link across the inlet seems to have no value at all.
A linkage would be a “game changer” — to the detriment of East Augusta residents.
Those of us who live in East Augusta are more than happy with our social network.