Fast Buck$, Coorabell
The Greens’ excuses for the proposed bypass show they aren’t the party that’s going to save the planet.
Councillor Lyon paints a picture of cars stuck in traffic emitting fumes. Solution? Typical rightwing engineering proposal: build a bypass.
Once the bypass is open there’ll be a perception the problem is resolved, leading to larger inflow – back to square one. Meanwhile the roundabout near the cop shop will further slow down the traffic exiting town over the railway line.
I didn’t move here to get caught in traffic jams, so there are situations that make a bypass inevitable if not desirable. The present proposal offers illusionary benefits that don’t justify the outlay.
There is a perception that state government grants are ‘money for jam’ to be grabbed for whatever reason, regardless of benefit.
When the bypass was proposed 20 years ago the only traffic problem was on Shirley Street at morning peak time. These days there are jams all over the place: traffic from Suffolk Park, traffic from the direction of the lighthouse, traffic exiting town after 3.30pm, and the 9am jam extending dangerously for at least one kilometre along the freeway itself.
None will be in any way improved by the bypass, and some may be made worse if the bypass generates extra traffic from the south.
The shit will likely hit the fan long after the current councillors are gone, especially if there’s a court challenge to Council’s negligent handling of the wetlands issue.