Fast Buck$, Coorabell
Another sign that the Byron bypass has nothing to do with traffic problems and everything to do with shadowy real estate sharks has come to light.
Acting on information supplied by a resident I cunningly disguised myself as an ageing hippy dipshit and got into a chat with an employee of the site electrical contractor.
He confirmed that not only one but quite a few large electrical cables have been laid under Butler Street, designed to carry three-phase power (commercial) and measuring 240 Noz, by which he must have meant circumference. His hands described a cable about 75 mm thick, which fits in with what my informant saw too. When I went back to confirm a detail the worker had clammed up. It seems that not only the lead contractors Hazell Bros but the subcontractors too are sworn to silence with an appropriate clause in their contracts.
A clue came earlier last year when someone indirectly connected to Council staff suggested to Butler Street residents that they would get their land rezoned ‘commercial’ if they toed the line.
What I see ahead is that the bypass will no longer be a bypass; it will become an extension of the CBD. Some bright spark will then inevitably move to get Jonson Street made into a pedestrian mall, meaning that the ‘bypass’ will actually become the main drag traffic-wise, and that calls will soon arise to create a real bypass farther out of town, which will further compromise the Cumbebin swamp and so on.
These real estate types and their ex-politician pimps (the people who really give the orders in this Shire) certainly plan that far ahead. With Simon at the helm they’ve got an excellent chance of success.