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Journeys : MNJ Aug Sep 2011
A dive in the archive Life on the move In 1961 a proposed Metropolitan Master Plan went on exhibition in Hobart. Professor Peter Scott, head of the Department of Geography at the University of Tasmania, addressed the Hobart Rotary Club about the plan. It was extensively reported in the RACT’s Motor News and provides food for thought 50 years on. The plan provided for residential expansion in Hobart’s northern suburbs but Professor Scott argued that this growth “poses considerable problems for future traffic flow.” In 1960, Professor Scott had conducted a survey that showed that car ownership was considerably higher in areas west of the Main Road through Moonah and Glenorchy, than east of the Main Road. Lenah Valley had the highest level of car ow nership in the entire Hobart area – as high as one vehicle for every 2.5 persons. “East of the Main Road however, ratios were ever ywhere above five, and at Goodwood, even above ten. Yet only one urban expressway, the excellent Brooker Highway, is aligned along the easter n fr inge of settlement,” Prof Scott said. He argued that the Brooker Highway was too far-removed from the expanding residential areas where car ownership was highest. What was needed, he suggested, was a western expressway r unning parallel to the Brooker Highway, but further inland. “I can readily appreciate that it is much easier to plan a southern or eastern outlet through open country than a north western motorway through partially built-up areas,” he said. “But it would be much easier to plan such a motorway now, when a minimum of resumption, demolition, and over-head construction Stuart Bridges finds some intriguing ideas on traffic planning in the April 1953 issue of The Tasmanian Motor News We have clinics in: Hobart, Rosny, Kingston Beach, Glenorchy, Launceston, Devonport with regular visiting services to many other areas www.audioclinictas.com.au FREECALL 1800 057 220 FREE HEARING AIDS FOR PENSIONERS Prepare to be surprised The latest range of digital hearing aids provide astonishing results - delivering crisp, clear sounds to help everyone enjoy conversations, TV & radio again! Take advantage We are an accredited provider of free hearing aids & services to all eligible Pensioners under the Australian Government Hearing Services Program. Ask us how to apply today - conditions apply. 42 August / September 2011 5% OFF* across the store *Excludes advertised specials & benchmark trade specials as displayed in store. Call 6234 3021 95-97 Brisbane St, Hobart. Opposite K & D Warehouse
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