GET PLANNING BACK ON TRACK
WHETHER it is Roe 8 and the wetlands, bottlenecks in the city or just sheer convenience, roads are always a quick fix for moving people and freight.
Australians love their cars, and their trucks. Heck, it’s a big country. Population allows little scope for developing options.
But once you get into the city, that outlook should and must change.
On an energy-used base alone, it is 20 times more efficient to use rail or public transport generally, than the car or the truck.
But with all the booms we have had since I arrived in this great state, the fact that Steve Portelli (Much to read, Gazette, September 27) can look to Roe 8 as “60 years of vision will be realised” means he is looking through the wrong end of his binoculars.
Sixty years ago, it may have been the answer, but not now.
People will have to start to pay for their convenience, either as a planet or as a local community.
And the Liberal Party element that promotes Roe 8 is indeed 60 years out of date.
How do the big mining companies efficiently and economically move the ore – by rail.
That is how this must be looked at.
We have already wasted too many years of someone saying this is the only way to do it.
It isn’t. It will cost. But isn’t that “planning for the future”. NAME and address supplied.