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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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Greens launch Island policies
Mal Hamilton
March 12th 2008
Jenny Stirling and her team are to be applauded for their commitments, but there is so much more to be said and done. The island's world heritage status needs to be more than just a selling point for real estate. For a start I would strongly advocate the following-
*an effective animal management plan, perhaps even a long term ban on cats and dogs (as much as I love these animals)
*a residential population cap
*building codes or covenants to promote sustainability and sensitivity in all architecture
*proper and adequate provision of green belts and wildlife corridors

For too long Magnetic Island has been treated as "just another suburb" by TCC. A fantastic opportunity to create an example of a sustainable tourist destination and residential area may be forever lost due to a lack of vision and political will. What we have at Nelly Bay is a spectacular failure of the imagination, more like a celebration of greed and short term thinking.

Magnetic Island is a unique and beautiful place that boasts incredible flora and fauna, habitat diversity and excellent representation of all habitats to be found in the Great Barrier Reef region, including terrestrial, intertidal and marine. People don't come here to experience just another built environment, that can be found anywhere.
March 12th 2008
Yes! What kind of fool designed that harbour anyway - i'm no rocket scientist but at least i can appreciate the totally impractical design. The depth and the angle of the entry/exit point is foolish and poorly designed!!! And Yes! Please, please please can we finally get a safe walkway from Nelly Bay to Arcadia so I dont have to a) trek accross mountains for 4 hours b) trek up and down a thousand steps in 35degree heat or c) risk my life walking along a crumbling clifftop. And on the issue of sewage/waste removal on the island... can I just say how SHOCKED i was when I found out that many homes in Nelly Bay (including mine)are not connected to a proper sewage system. Is it just me or is that not totally shocking that in the 21st century Australians are pumping all their sh*t straight into the bottom of their garden. Yes, in India or Uzbekistan we might expect such a thing but Australia....?!!! A supposedly 1st world nation, allowing their citizens to dispose of human waste in the backyard...?!!! I grew up in England in a 500 year old house, and even THAT had a sewage system in place. If the folk of the middle ages can do it, why can't Townsville City Council in 21st century?! Please fix this problem asap, TCC, as I honestly can't stand the stink of sh*t emanating from my ( and all my neighbours) backyards on a humid summers day. Finally, regarding marina "boardwalk", surely the common sense conclusion (although politics + common sense never seem to go togethor so this will probably never happen) is to have an actual wooden boardwalk (like the one's you get through mangroves/forests/etc) hovering an inch or two above the current concrete footpath. This would probably cheaper and more practical than trying to stop the water seeping out of Blue on Blue and making the current path slippy. A traditional wooden boardwalk would look much more attractive, safer and be more cost effective.
Any thoughts? :-)
March 18th 2008
Get real Englishrose. No settlement in the world has reticulated sewerage that doesn't already have reticulated town water. When reticulated town water came to (parts of) the Island in the 1960s there was no way that ratepayers could afford reticulated sewerage as well. In fact, this was one reason why the island retained its 'village character' for so long - having to 'rough it' a bit meant that many people preferred not to stay for long. Horseshoe Bay didn't get town water until about 1980 and couldn't possibly have afforded to retro-fit sewerage over several hundred hectares unless there were new subdivisions. These came in the mid 80s but even then there was no way Townsville City could afford to sewer the whole bay. After all, whole slabs of the mainland were still unsewered.
Unless your 500 year old English house was in a very large city I'll wager that it was not sewered at the time of construction either.

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