A maximum of perhaps 211 spaces. Is this possible?
Taking away on the other hand
A ground eye view Photos Junita Grosvenor
TRANSLINK ZONES AGAIN
The powers that be in teir Ivory tower in George St are at it again.
I caught them at it last time in 2013. They must think the electorate is either stupid or amnesiac. Here on the Bay Islands we are a stupendous 5 Km from the mainland. That is 5,000 meters OK?
It seems that government meters are different from the ones we use.
We should have always have been in zone 8 from day 1.That is the zone that Weinam creek is in, Victoria point.
We all know this, but to be sure, especially for newcomers to the Islands, I did a journey from Macleay to Redland Bay. Yep, there it is, a six zone journey! Seems we are in Zone 12. That is the same zone as Helensvale!
THE SPOIL PIT
Here are some facts. I first approached the 'powers that be' years ago, Peter Dowling, Mark Edwards and Karen Williams. I was not getting on my 'high horse' at that time. It was when people were parking in there illegally and breaking in past the gates. That was long ago. Parking was bad back then, but was not yet catastrophic. Some of you may remember that.
I got all the usual platitudes - 'Yes, it is important, I'll look into it, etc,etc.'
Only when I cane back from hospital in a wheelchair did I properly realise that this was an urgent situation. Shame on me, I know. But that is human nature, not to notice something until your nose is rubbed in it.
Mark Edwards told me it was an operational matter (I also asked if parks in the secure park could be made available for mobility scooters - again an 'operations' matter),I was later told it was State land. Approval had been given, though. Still nothing happened. I received a rather curt letter from Mark Edwards, saying it was Translink's responsibility and I should contact them. No contact details or name were given. So how did he know? I thought it was my council rep to at least offer to help, give me a contact, anything. I still have the email.
A recent Bayside Bulletin article was incorrect in stating there were about 58 spots to be made.
Not quite accurate. And, as usual, I can prove it. I may not be totally accurate, but I used Council's own Red e Map, and used the images of existing cars, made provision for smaller cars and motorcycles.
I got 211 extra spots. Count 'em.
I also put in the tracks (in Yellow) that could be taken as well as a second entrance.
An islander took some photos which make even 58 spots look questionable.
The Council giveth, The Council Taketh. Praised be the name of the council..
But wait, there’s more! They have changes the playing field. All the zones are changing in the great name of “efficiency”.
Now we will be in Zone 5, which is exactly the same thing, but with a different name, is all.
To be fair our local State Member Matt McEachan, hasstarted a challange entitled
Join the fight for a fair go!
Now I appreciate the gesture, but, frankly am a little dubious about any possible success. After all, it was the LNP Newman government who introduced this discriminatory system in the first place. Naturally I wish him the best of luck, but he’ll be up against some long term LNP heavyweights, who are unlikely to just say ‘Whoops, terribly sorry, we stuffed up”
Exerpt from Bay Island News Group
As you may have seen there are plans afoot for a public meeting with regard to the Translink Zoning. Unfair, Discriminatory are some words used. Both Andrew Laming and Kim Richards have indicated their willingness to participate. All other candidates have been invited as well as Matt McEachan.. Cr Mark Edwards is not on Facebook and therefore unavailable to this forum. I shall send him an email out of courtesy.
Kim Richards has kindly offered to do the printing, I thank her for the offer, however Andrew Laming has access to government funding.
I am preparing a tri fold flyer, the most efficient use of paper , printing and delivery costs.
Please give me your input requirements, as soon as possible. If it rains, demending on the date, the Progress hall may be available. We wil have to check ob a date and tides. It was suggested to hold it on the beach close to the barge ramp. BYO Chair. Media will be invited.
An Initiative of Concerned Islanders, Ann Hagen and Bay Island News Group.
It is finally going to happen! CCTV cameras are going to be installed not only at weinam Creek, but also on all four of the Islands.
Although there is no word of when this miracle will actually happen (Ill ask) nor where they will be physically situated either.
Another item was missing from press reports, rather sensitive, admittedly. That is, what coverage will they have and what provision i there against vandalism? We have all seen the spy movies where the baddies spray the poor unsuspecting camera ith paint, havent we? mounted high up is, of course an option. But I have already thought of a way to beat that, but I’m not saying, just in case.
While obviously welcome (gifthorse’s mouths, notwithstanding) why has it taken so damn long? Travis Place put forward a proposal ages ago (no joy) and it was only $5,000 for one installation!
And again, being cynical, Some have questioned Andrew Laming’s involvement on social media.Well it was a federal iniative and that is Andrew Laming, balliwack, so he does have some measure of responsibility,
Now Col McInnes is a great guy, but I wonder how much (if anything) the chamber had to stump up?
For more of this story have a read of Judith Kerr’s article o the redlandcitybulletin, credit where credit is due to the bully
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU
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Monday, 27 June 2016
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(What a stupid phrase - did somebody drop it from a great height?)
Mark? or Matt?
Matt? or Mark?
WHAT WE HAVE
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WHAT WE’LL GET