Media release – SOS Hobart, 12 October 2021

PUBLIC FORUM ON FERGUSSON’S FIFTH LANE FOLLY – WHAT ARE THE ALTERNATIVES

SOSHobart2021 will hold a public forum this Thursday, inviting Hobartians, state and federal parliamentary representatives to hear their concerns and present possible solutions.

In April this year, 17 households in Dynnyrne Road learnt of the Tasmanian Governments plan to compulsory acquire their homes to extend the current bus lane on the Southern Outlet. Whilst no official reprieve has yet been delivered to these residents, the fifth lane has been widely rejected by traffic experts and the broader community.

“Families have been devastated by the Government’s clumsy and now belligerent pursuit of this project,” said Meg Smith of SOSHobart2021. “Seemingly endless subdivisions south of Hobart and bigger roads accessing the city simply equals more cars in an already congested city centre.”

The Tasmanian Government has embarked on a PR blitz seeking to justify their fifth lane, including labelling it a ‘transit lane’ and detailing the limited traffic management changes downstream that do little more than fiddle at the edges. Yet State Growth have failed to propose any innovative and modern solutions and no low cost/ no cost alternatives have even been considered.

“This is a dinosaur response to a modern challenge. Hobart is not the first city to experience growing pains, and we should be looking for twenty-first century solutions rather than reaching for lazy and outdated responses,” said Ms Smith.

“We are seeing nothing that reigns in mass-subdivision in the southern suburbs, nothing that seeks to change commuting behaviour and very little increase in public transport options.

“Instead, families and their homes are to be sacrificed at massive taxpayer expense.”

Public Forum

When: Thursday 14 October 2021

Time: 1:15pm – 2:15 pm (sharp)

Where: Hobart Town Hall (COVID capacity restrictions apply)

Several guest speakers have agreed to attend including urban strategist Steven Burgess as we challenge politicians and public servants to do better.