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Journeys : Feb March 2011
www.rochesbeachliving.com.au State of the Art Independent Units • 24 hour Emergency Response • Beautiful Gardens & Community Centre • Close to Shops, Restaurants and Beach • 2 & 3 Bedroom Units Available • On Site Care Taker • Maximising Lifestyle, Minimising Stress Call John Crane to inspect. Free call 1800 246 418 February / March 2011 25 Life on the move Council approached their meeting w ith the club! Motor News describes how we explained to the Lord Mayor, Sir Archibald Park, that we had been pressing the State Gover nment on the matter, but with little success. Our R ACT representatives pointed to the benefits of the project which included: • A cost of £1.4 million including some land acquisitions • The creation of a true by-pass, relieving congestion in the ‘inner city circle’ • Seamless traffic flow across Hobar t, linking highways in the south, north and east without touching the city centre Sir Archibald congratulated the R ACT on its initiative, and no doubt in something resembling a mumble, added that finance was the big factor. He hoped the R ACT ‘understood the difficulties under which the Council laboured.’ He promised to reply officially in December. Which he did. ‘Good plan but we couldn’t afford it’ was how the RACT summed up the Council’s response. The Lord Mayor indicated that the HCC had considered a similar plan some time before. ‘Council favoured it ver y strongly, but owing to a lack of finance, it had to be placed on the for ward program of works.’ Where it presumably still remains, 52 years later. It’s an instructive lesson from the archives for Tasmanians struggling to get through Launceston and Hobart ever y day, just to reach somewhere else. Since 1959, other plans have come and gone, and Sir Archibald’s excuse, and the then State Government’s sheer lack of leadership, have proven to be more standard procedure than breath-taking failure to act. So will this generation of politicians do any better, or will road-users in 50 years’ time be in an even worse state, because of our failures in the first years of the 21st centur y?
Apr May 2011