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Leunig. Toon: Leunig, http://www.leunig.com.au/ used with permission13.03.18 4:30 am8 comments
I’m in the right lane and I don’t even live in Tassie!
#1 ... I Invite you to come to the 1 lane bridge in the causeway country which Hidding is hiding and which will be upgraded in my lifetime, if I live that long, or alternatively a very big fatality occurs in the region and the Northern Member will fix in the new policies which he was along with the AG Premier were released at a Vic Tory party on the night.
Our Globe trotting Hobart Mayor Sue Hickey had 5 overseas trips From Jan’12-Dec’14, costing around $350,000 most of which was ratepayer funded!
No doubt she has both observed and studied traffic solutions that could be applied to our Greater Hobart area during those oversea jaunts, well I hope so!
Sue is now a successful highly sort after addition to the Liberal team officially approved by our more astute Denison voters!
She would be in a privliged position to influence government for an urgent study followed by a 5-10 year Federal funded action plan for the construction of a bypass behind Hobart to service the Southern region includes major additional traffic access other than the causeways to the Sorell area via the Eastern outlet past the airport roundabout which appears to require an overpass to alleviate peak hour traffic buildups.
Wouldnt worry to much about spruiking linear Light Rail and River ferries, an utter waste of time when population levels are too scattered and broken up daily commute is not a desirable feature as travel by car is conveniently used for multi tasking daily functions.
We all realise that dont we!
Cycle pathing within retro fit is working reasonably well particularly in a city even where traffic clutter is increasing but cycling the shorter distances is doing fine.
The bigger picture is getting from Kingston and Midway point which is to far for the daily cycling enthusiast, isnt it!
Could do more with Metro services but they are generally less attractive being slow and expensive than more reliable regular car commutes to and from the city.
I am expecting to see some dynamic moves by our ever dependable Hodgman led government for showing real initiative and letting loose on the provision of new modern roading infrastructure to make Greater Hobart a magnificent place to live into the future!
Allowance for vehicular traffic must be the first cab off the rank before fiddling around the edges with excuses to pursue Light rail, Ferries including that silly half measured Battery point walkway/cycle path.
Physical roading infrastructure is the requirement, get on and build it before the city ends up with too much daily weekday gridlocked traffic congestion.
prioritise access for emergency vehicles etc. to the south for when davey and macquarie st are blocked by
1. extending collins st from molle st to anglesea st along the hobart rivulet and/or
2. extending forest rd in west hobart to macquarie st south.
note importance of st johns hospital and south hobart primary school and the residents of south hobart, dyrryrrne and ferntree who have little other options, and should not have to wait at least 5 years for remediation action before experiencing an event.
re #3 The $350,000 travel expenses figure I quoted from Ald Hickey is incorrect by a country mile!
Those expenses apply for all aldermen on a reporting period between 2012- 2014.
It seems total travel and expenses for aldermen has increased to $470,000 in a most recent period.
Paywall on all newspapers prevents me from obtaining individual details so it looks like a trip to the Hobart library to check out the recent Mercury editions which should show individual breakdown of expenses.
Given the purpose of transportation is to move from one place to another, why not create a senior Council position who is responsible for making sure that the traffic can move? You know…shift to night works for major road repairs, stop closing parking areas, try relieving traffic with public transport…shift University away from high traffic areas…that sort of thing. If no-one is responsible for keeping the people and goods moving, small wonder it keeps stopping!
#6 Mike Bolan you say” shift University away from high traffic area”!
Just the opposite has happened by bringing the Uni into the city which in itself is rapidly turning the place into a clutter trap encouraging congestion.
Honestly Hobart’s CBD is small and is becoming more constricted as increased traffic that has no choice passes through or in the closer proximity of the CBD.
Mike its madness when the Uni has a perfectly good siting behind Sandy Bay, service building would be better to be be either rebuilt or extended on this magnificent and quiet semi bushland site.
Why the hell does the Uni need to come into the City. many people in our neighborhood have raised that issue with me.
Robin, as best I can figure the Uni wants to reduce its profile and courses, plus seeing an opportunity to onsell its Sandy Bay and Newnham sites to developer ‘mates’.
So the move to the city is a means to unload its current sites and attract federal funds to ‘invest’ in city RE. They’ve already intervened in the low cost housing monies by having them used to create international student accommodations. With fantasies like ‘city STEM hubs’ it’s not too hard to sweep our Councils and pollies along with stories of riches and ‘invigorating the city’.
I suspect that’s the guts of it. Note that the VC has taken his cut and run.
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