In­let link not wanted in ham­let

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Letters - Tr­isha Bar­toll, East Au­gusta

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.

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