March 11th 2008
Greens launch Island policies
Attacking Townsville City Council's involvement over the problems associated with Nelly Bay Harbour, Greens and Community Voices' candidate, Jenny Stirling, launched the team's policies for Magnetic Island promising a Nelly to Arcadia board walk completion; a batching plant location review; resolution of the city loop bus service and landscaping of the harbour breakwall, among her promises.
"TCC's excessive pandering to developers has created an abysmal situation at Nelly Bay Harbour for all users. Since its opening, the community has experienced enormous difficulty with luggage handling and, for all the taxpayer's money spent there, the walkway is still exposed to the elements," said Ms Stirling.
"Placing the barge terminal right beside the ferry terminal has resulted in ongoing bottlenecks around a carpark that was never going to handle ferry and supermarket needs.
"Many Islanders find the design of the harbour entrance a hair raising experience when the wind and waves bear directly across the ferry's approach route and the first impression of the Island created for visitors has been blighted by what many locals and visitors describe as ugly and innaproriate architecture for the beautiful World Heritage tropical island.
"TCC's enthusiastic endorsement of this disaster from the start cannot be ignored and I hope that when local voters make their decision on Saturday they will look for a team that puts the community's needs first."
"While acknowledging the value of TCC's waste water treatment plant on Magnetic Island, it was also a requirement from the EPA that high level treatment be undertaken.
"What is more worrying is the allowing, within the city plan, of residential developments to occur in very low lying and vulnerable areas on top of the water table.
"In future, there should be more attention paid to community needs and wishes and less to developers' priorities. We have to get the balance right, said Ms Stirling.
"While we recognise that what is done is done Community Voices are keen to work with the community to make the Harbour area more attractive and see through the necessary landscaping that we believe should have been completed on the breakwall years ago.
As for their polices for the Island, the Community Voices claim that, if elected, they will:
* Review town planning decision to locate batching plant at Picnic Bay
* Fund board walk around the Island from Nelly Bay to Alma Bay
* Resolve issue concerning the closure of the waterside footpath beside Blue on Blue at Nelly Bay
* Resolve the City Loop bus issue to the satisfaction of Island residents
* Continue on with free green waste disposal
* See through the completion of landscaping on the Breakwater
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