Cr Michael Lyon, The Pocket
It has been easy to get frustrated in the last couple of weeks of reading The Echo, which, as a councillor, it is my responsibility to do. Firstly, the lack of celebration or story of the wonderful opening of the revitalised Railway Park, and last week, the article rehashing the rail corridor bypass route, complete with misleading diagram and commentary.
It was then pointed out to me that opponents of the bypass will do everything they can to stop the road, they are within their rights to try, and they see it as their responsibility. My frustration recently has been borne out of the knowledge that all delays to this project are costing our community. Significant amounts of money that could otherwise be spent on improving other infrastructure, or achieving environmental outcomes, as examples.
However, it seems this is a price we will need to pay and we must patiently await the umpire’s decision. Whatever that decision is, I hope we can then all respect the outcome and try to move forward knowing that we are all working hard to achieve what we think is in the best interests of our Shire.