Cockburn Gazette - - OPINION -

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And the Lib­eral Party el­e­ment that pro­motes Roe 8 is in­deed 60 years out of date.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.

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