Light rail con­nec­tion

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS | OPINION | YOUR SAY -

IT’S ALARM­ING if in our lo­cal and State Govt de­part­ments, no one ca­pa­ble of co-or­di­nat­ing a pre­lim­i­nary strat­egy on this sub­ject can be found, and even more so, that ac­cord­ing to Steve Dick­son MP, ap­par­ently an ex­pen­sive cop-out is un­der con­sid­er­a­tion.

Decades of short-sight­edly planned de­vel­op­ment, based on greed rather than need, have landed the Coast with a grow­ing and ir­re­versible traf­fic/park­ing prob­lem.

In the early 1980s, the Poet Lau­re­ate John Man­i­fold de­scribed as crimes “pol­lu­tion that makes our skies go dim... and the vil­las thick as lice, that cover Bud­erim”.

Surely, lo­cal sur­vey­ors should be able to eval­u­ate ac­cess points to and, where pos­si­ble, ex­ten­sion of ex­ist­ing rail­ways.

Se­lect­ing town cen­tres, tourist des­ti­na­tions, in­dus­trial cen­tres, hospi­tals, uni­ver­si­ties, air­ports etc and col­lect­ing sta­tis­ti­cal data to es­tab­lish pri­or­i­ties would not present great dif­fi­cul­ties.

The big chal­lenge to con­nect those points with, per­haps, a light rail, or sus­pended mono­rail public trans­port sys­tem, with the least im­pact on ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture, de­vel­op­ments and en­vi­ron­ment, will re­quire a great deal of engi­neer­ing re­search, which should be started early.

The dif­fi­cult task of re­cruit­ing a com­mit­tee of rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the var­i­ous in­ter­ests served, ca­pa­ble of con­struc­tive, pro­gres­sive and ra­tio­nal thought, should start now.

— Bram Smit Bud­erim

PHOTO: WAR­REN LYNAM

FES­TI­VAL TIME: Tyson, 8, and Leo, 4, Caroll with Ava, 7, and Asher, 6, Kinch­ing­ton test out a teepee.

PHOTO: HUGO SHARP

HARD ACT TO FOL­LOW: Grin­spoon will be one of the head­lin­ers at the Caloun­dra Mu­sic Fes­ti­val.

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