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Journeys : April May 2009
Street-smart Opinion W We asked: How many cars do you have in your household? Why do you have that number? e have one, for environmental reasons. We try to catch public transport and walk where possible. Living where we are at the moment, it’s easy – but we do need a car for a few things like shopping, long trips and getting to places that aren’t easily accessible like visiting family out of town. Kathleen Flanagan North Hobart W O O T truck, a ute, a car, a four-wheel-drive and a runabout (an old light truck for carting hay). I’ve got a business and a property. Sometimes I do think it’s too many but I have a few staff and each vehicle has a different use, plus there is always one that is broken down. I Ian Groski Longreach, Queensland Photos and interviews by Kelly Madden 12 April / May 09October / November 08 e have two, one’s Mum’s and one’s Dad’s. I’ve driven them both before. I wouldn’t mind getting a HiLux. At the moment I get Mum to take me places. Billy Logan Riana ne, because I can only afford to have one – it’s a Mitsubishi Magna. Chris Lee Burnie T Eric Hartill It is good to finally see some action on southern highways after decades of being ignored. he great pity is that much is still to be done and the work will require many millions to address, including the maintenance that has been allowed to extend beyond acceptable time frames. For instance, why has the sunken subsurface on the Brooker Highway between Risdon Road and the pedestrian overpass not been repaired? This section has existed for over a decade in that condition while traffic dodges around it. There are numerous major arterial roads and streets that require line markings to be repainted. Parts of Macquarie Street have lines that are not really visible and on a heavy- volume roadway this is unacceptable and dangerous in wet conditions. The exit bend through Strathhaven Drive at Berriedale has worn-away line markings that may well cause a head-on incident with vehicles exiting from the Brooker Highway. ne car, at my Dad’s. There’s three of us at home and he usually drives or I get public transport or a lift with friends. Tyleena Reading Penguin wo, one for myself and one for my wife. It’s more of a convenience thing than anything. John Green Acton live in Queensland, out at Longreach. I’ve got five motor vehicles. I’ve got a The underpass on the Claremont Link Road has two opposing turning lanes approaching each other directly underneath it and the markings are worn to the extent that it is almost impossible to correctly enter these lanes, creating an even worse head-on scenario. Missing cats-eyes reflectors are not replaced, nor are line markings repainted often enough at the major intersections on the Brooker Highway. All of these situations should be attended to regularly, especially prior to conditions worsening over winter. Over twelve months ago the authorities completed installation of national-standard directional signage along the Brooker Highway/ Northern Outlet. However there is some difficulty in reading a number of the signs until a driver is very close, due to the line of sight being blocked by the foliage on trees that were not pruned as the signs were put in place. Aurora seems to have a continual problem with lighting malfunctions. Over the last six months, up to 10 highway intersection lights do not automatically light-up on dusk at the Berriedale intersection. This seems to be an equipment problem requiring attention. Because of the location it is not possible for the public to record pole numbers in safety, but surely Aurora would be aware of the problem after six months of outage? I cannot understand why Aurora does not have a weekly patrol of the highways around greater Hobart, because while it may be OK for the public to give them pole numbers in a suburban street, it is unacceptable for major expressways. What I do find incredible though is the continual lack of attention to general inspection and maintenance for items that while possibly not directly controlled by DIER, should ultimately
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