Heavy vehicle plan
In a recent Port Lincoln Times letter to the editor the son of the late Arch Paterson mentioned the old problem of heavy vehicle traffic travelling through Liverpool Street.
When I was a member of the Port Lincoln Chamber of Commerce I was approached by retired farmer the late Cephus Siviour with another plan and asked me to present it to the council which I did.
It was simple and worked.
Most of the roads and infrastructure are already in place as far as I know.
Cephus's plan was to turn the heavy vehicles right as they approached Port Lincoln on the main highway near the airport entrance.
The plan was to build a short road across the paddock near the Dorward Oval joining up with the dirt road winding through the hills across to the bottom of the Port Lincoln golf course, have heavy vehicles cross the old west road and then travel along the road past the prison connecting to the Flinders Highway.
From there the trucks would turn south and travel over the rise down towards Proper Bay road, leaving the highway and joining the railway line, building a road alongside it so trucks could travel parallel under the road bridges until they reached the wharf and silo area.
Very simple, very safe.
Mr Siviour spent time checking the detail and found it should work for everyone.
The gradients for the trucks through the hills were okay.
I spoke to one of the trucking operators and he thought it would work and would probably take around 10 to 15 minutes longer which was not a problem and safer for everyone.
It was popular but costs were a problem.
A very important consideration for the future of Port Lincoln's development and traffic is that the silos may be made redundant when they go past their use by date and a new ocean port is built.
So while Arch's bridge was always an interesting concept, it probably didn't pass the environmentally friendly test and it may have been a short term fix for the grain industry.
Cephus's round the city Winter Hill ring highway caters for fuel and food and freight deliveries long term.
It seemed to be a good plan and still is for those with long term future planning vision.
Hallet Cove, formerly Port Lincoln
Make a change
Let’s begin by saying it is great as councils and community to take a stand on a topic.
On the issue of drilling in the Bight, I am neither for it or against it because it is a complex issue and don’t want to be seen as a hypocrite when I still drive around in a motor car that sill uses oil based products such as diesel.
I would like to ask the question of those councils, who have taken a stand against drilling in the Great Australian Bight - have councils made any changes to practices in the use of oil and oil based products such as diesel?
These councils need to do more than voice concerns; they need to be proactive, moving away from using oil and oil products to reduce the need for further exploration.
It is okay to say, “not in my backyard”, “no drilling in our Bight”, but we also need to consider the impact on other countries environment and backyards that produce oil for us.
All coast lines and habitats on this earth and Australia, deserves the same respect, value and stance that councils are taking for the Great Australian Bight.
Even on an individual level, Have people who joined the campaign, made a change away from oil and oil based products?
Placing the sticker, “Fight for the Bight” on your car doesn’t lower the demand on oil supplies.