Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

JOHN Dou­glas’ re­al­is­tic and un­bi­ased “over­view” of Fre­man­tle’s ex­ist­ing and fu­ture traf­fic man­age­ment problems (High­way of hope, Gazette, June 21) ex­poses the hys­ter­i­cal rantings of those who have con­sis­tently used red her­rings to di­vert at­ten­tion from ac­tu­al­ity.

Their ob­jec­tions to road pro­pos­als have been fo­cused on truck freight move­ments, ig­nor­ing the on­go­ing un­nec­es­sary cost to the en­tire mo­tor­ing community, which is being de­nied the ob­vi­ous ben­e­fits of the planned road net­work.

While most of their protest is po­lit­i­cally in­spired, those liv­ing near the proposed ex­ten­sions of the net­work are nat­u­rally con­cerned at their pos­si­ble loss of se­cluded amenity.

Un­for­tu­nately, this is called progress in which the well­be­ing of the en­tire community has to be con­sid­ered be­fore in­di­vid­u­als.

It will be a dis­as­ter if a fu­ture La­bor gov­ern­ment turns back the clock to the Dark Ages.


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