October 17th 2007
All sides positive on walkway
The election for November 24 has been declared but, even in the week prior to the Prime Minister's weekend announcement, our Liberal Member for Herbert, Peter Lindsay was promising to find all the dollars necessary to finish the much-needed Nelly to Arcadia walkway.
Citing public safety grounds, Peter Lindsay said, "Of all the community concerns on Magnetic Island. I believe the Nelly Bay to Arcadia walkway is the community's top priority.
"I understand the council has indicated they are unable to find the money to complete the walkway until 2010.
"I don't think that's right to ask the community to wait that long, with the increasing pedestrian and bicycle traffic between the two bays it is a very dangerous situation indeed," said Peter Lindsay.
Magnetic Times also sought the views of Labor candidate George Colbran whose spokesperson was keen to assure readers that George, if elected, will work hard on a range of projects in Townsville and Magnetic where he owns a house.
"If he is convinced the community wants it he will get behind it," the spokesperson said but added that, "George challenges Mr Lindsay to explain how he intends to find the money? Where will the money come from? And will Mr Lindsay guarantee he will deliver the money prior to the ballot box? The Island deserves more than a headline grab."
Peter Lindsay had originally told Magnetic Times he would "get the money now" but qualified this, after the election was called on Sunday, to make it a commitment on his re-election, adding that people knew of his ability to get money for his electorate.
"I have undertaken to get the entire amount from the Australian Government so the project can proceed as quickly as possible," he said.
Not only did Peter Lindsay promise to support the completion of the dangerous hill section but also the completion of a 2.5 meter walkway right through to Alma Bay. He claimed that Townsville City Council had advised that the cost of the project is about $2.3 million but Magnetic Times sources suggest the real figure to be closer to $3 million for the hill section alone.
Greens' Candidate Jenny Stirling shared Peter Lindsay's vision, saying, "As the Townsville City Council is unable to fund the walkway until 2010, I pledge that, if elected, I would seek funding for the walkway from Nelly Bay to Arcadia, including the section from the Geoffrey Bay foreshore to Alma Bay as a matter of priority.
Peter Lindsay added, "There's no point in having a walkway terminated sea level in Geoffrey Bay and have it go nowhere except back on to the road.
"The current situation on Magnetic Island with the interface between traffic and pedestrians is an accident waiting to happen - not that accidents haven't already happened," said Jenny Stirling who sought, "an environmentally sensitive and culturally appropriate approach".
"This project is easily justifiable as a sustainable development: one that enhances the community's safety, well-being and profile as centre for sustainable development in line with its 'solar cities' focus," she said.
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