Gyan Moyes, Tyagarah
I was interested to read in The Echo (7 October) about the Council staff approach to Infrastructure Australia for funding to upgrade Ewingsdale Road. I was particularly interested in Cr Basil Cameron’s and State Member Tamara Smith’s comments and opinions on preference for Park and Ride schemes, and on their being left out of the planning discussions.
Firstly, I feel, on Park and Ride that Council lost credibility on such a scheme when they failed to interact positively with Elements Resort when the train service from Sunrise to Byron was established. This was a perfect opportunity to trial Park and Ride without too much expense to ratepayers, but Council could not even manifest an appropriate parking area for those wishing to use the service, or provide signs indicating where and how to use Park and Ride, or manage a workable arrangement with Elements Resort.
Secondly, though I understand that it is reasonable to expect that they would be informed about the plan, Tamara Smith’s and, particularly, Basil Cameron’s comments clearly bagging the road upgrade seems to answer the question of why they weren’t asked.