Fast rail promise derailed
Another election promise proving to be all spin again. It seems the project for a fast regional rail network report is nowhere to be seen. Professor McNaughton investigated four potential high-speed rail routes that included a southern coastal route including Wollongong and Nowra. This report was announced in the lead-up to the last State Election in 2019 which the Members for Kiama and South Coast where telling everyone the day before. Now it seems the State Government is sitting on this report and doesn't seem to be serious in following up on this soon. An update to the community is needed and we will be watching the Budget Estimates next week.
We hope this is not another commitment we'll have to wait 10 years to see. Remember, 10,000 people signed a petition calling for the upgrade to the Nowra to Bomaderry line for passenger services and still continue to express their concern about the delay.
P. David, Unions Shoalhaven
Watson deeply misguided
Councillor Watson is deeply misguided if he thinks we need more mayhem through Nowra: how would six lanes improve the debacle that already exists? A flyover will only speed traffic flow for a hundred metres or so, then all the lights and roundabouts will bring it back to gridlock. A bypass is the only sane option. People that need to go to Nowra won't use it but everyone else will. It's time Cr Watson had a very, very long rest and let sensible people manage the debate.
J. Hill, Culburra Beach
Patchwork approach fails us
Patching the frayed ill-fitting coat again will not deliver warmth and weather-proofing. Increasing lanes for highway, suburban and village traffic, hacking Bomaderry and Nowra, does not improve the town and may deliver more choke points like Hillcrest, Kalandar, Central, Flinders. Construction destroys the old township character and drives users to the brink of frustration.
Compare Berry's traffic outcomes: a by-pass flows fast and freely; a unified village has peaceful pedestrian soul again!
Patching the old hospital promises the same outcome: existing site is inaccessible and undersize; original buildings fail present and emerging medical management. Compare hospital services' historic growth in Sydney: out of Macquarie St, out of Camperdown, moving to serve the growing city. They grew out, without destroying their adjoining open spaces.
Nowra Park for hospital expansion would likely be followed by taking showground land for carparks! Why destroy this visionary parkland and riverfront precinct? Preserve the precious park space for the re-purposed old hospital complex, the whole urban population, and our visitors.
Cost-benefit of hospital options must consider resident values and rights AND the massive opportunity to reinvent the old site.
Cost-benefit of the highway and by-pass options must also weigh all outcomes and real experience.
Cut-price ad-hoc solutions for country folk smell like metropolitan party politics. These big decisions should be professionally guided, informed by local growth needs.
The old traffic and hospital assets still have value, but should not be presumed to be answer to the needs of the whole community for the future.
D. Marshall, Culburra Beach
Bypass will choke the CBD
I support Greg Watson's plan. A bypass will not work, instead it will concentrate traffic into the CBD.
J. Kallus, Kangaroo Valley
No vision for the future
Back in the day politicians were respected when elected by the people for the people and used to listen to their constituents. But locally it's their way and that's it. What a disgraceful attitude by some of our modern day politicians who have no vision for tomorrow.