July 10, 2005
Council transport forum Aug 12th
We have received the following invite from Cr Jan Mangelson regarding a forum on transport solutions. This sounds like a good opportunity to let council know how much we just love the highway and all the noise from the big trucks!
If anyone is going to go, please let me know.
Thank you all for your help and hard work re this issue. It is gaining a lot
of momentum. The forum at long last is taking shape and we have had good
interest already. I will give you a list of the speakers and the agenda
next week. We are sending out a press release on Monday. I would greatly
appreciate it if you could send the flier and invitation out to your contact
people and send me a cc so that I can keep a database. Regards Jan
(More contains the invite from Jan and Tom Tabart, "File" contains the registration form)
PACIFIC HIGHWAY TRANSPORT SOLUTIONS FORUM
BYRON BAY 12 AUGUST 2005
Byron Shire Council is hosting its Transport Solutions Forum with the aim of fostering discussion, sharing information and seeking solutions. It is calling for a long term transport strategy, a plan of at least twenty years, with whole of government agreement to implement.
It has been three years, since B-double trucks were permitted by the RTA on the Pacific Highway, without community consultation and against its own guidelines. After the construction of the Bulahdelah and Burringbar Range bypasses, local communities have been faced with ever increasing problems of interstate heavy transport movements mixing with local and tourist traffic.
The Pacific Highway has become, in reality, the freight corridor for eastern Australia. This has happened without planning and consultation. Only 30% of the Highway has been upgraded to dual carriageway in ten years of the Hexham to Chinderah $2.2 billion upgrade program. On the New England Highway, only 9% is dual carriageway.
While the use of the Highway is increasing beyond its capacity, interstate rail freight and country passenger services have decreased and rail infrastructure is in serious decline.
It is time to review what is happening and to allow local government and local communities to have a say and to hear from federal and state government agencies what is being planned for the future.
We cordially invite you to attend,
Crs Jan Mangleson and Tom Tabart
Byron Shire Council Highway Solutions Forum
Posted at July 10, 2005 12:00 AM
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