The beauty of the Troy Bridge Road op­tion

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The Ed­i­tor

We read with in­ter­est two let­ters in Dubbo Photo News last week. Mr O’brien [Let­ter to the Ed­i­tor, “Coun­cil should stop stalling River St Bridge”] agrees that the River St Bridge will be no help in a flood and that we need a by­pass. Un­for­tu­nately, how­ever, the River St Bridge would not help with con­ges­tion, even in the short term.

We need the by­pass now and the round­about needs to re­main to dis­cour­age trucks com­ing through the mid­dle of town and res­i­den­tial ar­eas.

Widen­ing Why­lan­dra St by re­mov­ing kerb­side park­ing will cause lo­cals to back out of drive­ways straight into the path of heavy ve­hi­cles. Garbage and re­cy­cling trucks will block traf­fic in high­way lanes when col­lect­ing res­i­dents’ bins.

With is­lands down the mid­dle of the high­way and no left/right turns, there will be more traf­fic queu­ing in the side streets search­ing for ac­cess to Why­lan­dra St.

Although the River St Bridge may de­crease traf­fic in Ersk­ine Street, this will be at the ex­pense of in­creas­ing traf­fic on Why­lan­dra St. The only way for ve­hi­cles to get onto and off the River St Bridge in West Dubbo is to pass in front of the lo­cals try­ing to cross the Serisier Bridge.

Newell High­way traf­fic us­ing the River St Bridge would also pass in front of lo­cals try­ing to cross the L.H. Ford Bridge. Both bridge in­ter­sec­tions would be busier and there could be one long tail­back be­tween them dur­ing peak hours and be­yond.

Mr Hod­der [Let­ter to the Ed­i­tor, “Call a pub­lic meet­ing on bridge and by­pass”] also makes some good points. He is wel­come to at­tend a pub­lic meet­ing to be held on Au­gust 28 at 6.30pm at the West­side Ho­tel. There needs to be a bridge south of the L.H. Ford, how­ever most res­i­dents don’t be­lieve Tam­worth St is suitable for a high level bridge.

Low level bridges trap dead trees and other debris dur­ing floods, pre­vent­ing flood wa­ters drain­ing away as quickly.

Whilst we pre­fer high level bridges in gen­eral, the flood plain is so wide at Tam­worth St that a bridge there would be very long and costly com­pared to one at Troy Bridge Rd where the flood plain is nar­rower. Heavy ve­hi­cles and high­way traf­fic would de­stroy the char­ac­ter of this nar­row res­i­den­tial street and make the area danger­ous for the fam­i­lies that live near it.

Trucks and other high­way traf­fic should not be tak­ing long, con­ges­tion-prone de­tours through the mid­dle of town, espe­cially dur­ing floods. This is the beauty of Troy Bridge Rd op­tion – elim­i­nat­ing con­ges­tion dur­ing floods and ev­ery other day too!

Jim Cutts (truck driver) & Ka­rina Mclach­lain,

Dubbo The Ed­i­tor

I com­mend Roger Fletcher and Melissa Fletcher for spon­sor­ing three young em­ploy­ees on their ed­u­ca­tional trip to Darwin and their visit to the Gurindji peo­ple of Wave Hill and Wat­tie Creek (Daguragu).

Be­cause of their ob­vi­ous en­thu­si­asm and in­ter­est in the ‘Wave Hill walk off’, I would like to sug­gest two books that will fur­ther their knowl­edge, at least on this sub­ject.

The first book is by au­thor and trade union­ist Frank Hardy, ti­tled “The Un­lucky Aus­tralians” (Thomas Nel­son Aus­tralia Ltd. 1968). Frank Hardy, on be­half of the trade unions, had so much to do with the cam­paign for Na­tive Ti­tle at Daguragu. The trade unions poured a lot of money into the ef­fort but were also ably as­sisted by the North­ern Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tion. (This was an agency of the Fed­eral Govern­ment, prior to self-govern­ment).

The sec­ond book re­cently pub­lished (by Allen and Un­win) is Ted Egan’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy and is also a must read, ti­tled “My Life, Ted Egan, Out­back Song Man”. Re­fer chap­ters 14 and 15.

It is lit­tle known that Ted, apart from his suc­cess­ful ca­reer as an en­ter­tainer, is some­what of an in­tel­lec­tual and although born in Vic­to­ria has spent the greater part of his life, 60 years and more, in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory.

For over 20 years Ted Egan was Head of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs De­part­ment and, be­cause of this ap­point­ment and his close as­so­ci­a­tion with Abo­rig­ines through his teach­ing roles in Abo­rig­i­nal com­mu­ni­ties, he is able to give a dif­fer­ent but au­thor­i­ta­tive and heart­felt first­hand ac­count of the ‘walk off’ by the Gurindji peo­ple, not oth­er­wise cov­ered in Frank Hardy’s book.

To fur­ther val­i­date Ted’s knowl­edge of events and to recog­nise his achieve­ments gen­er­ally in Abo­rig­i­nal Af­fairs, Ted was hon­oured in 2006 with the Fed­eral Govern­ment ap­point­ment as the North­ern Ter­ri­tory Ad­min­is­tra­tor, the equiv­a­lent of ‘Gover­nor’ in other states. This fur­ther il­lus­trates Ted Egan’s abil­ity, knowl­edge and the re­spect he has earned to speak fac­tu­ally of the Walk-off.

En­joy the books.

Steve Trick,

Dubbo

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