'Preferred' bypass route a disaster
I would like to express my disagreement with the 'preferred' plan of the bypass from north of Milton to Canberra Crescent. This will leave the narrow stretches of the highway between Canberra Crescent and south of Burrill Lake and the north and south of Lake Tabourie totally congested and dangerous. With the increased population in the area, the existing roads have already become congested in peak hours. It will get much, much worse with more visitors during weekends and holidays. I believe that the only sensible and practical option is to bypass the area between Milton and Lake Tabourie.
C. Ajioka, Kings Point
We need it now
Yes the Milton Ulladulla by-pass plan is obsolete at the southern end but the northern end is not and it is needed now. So just building two lanes of the northern end to Crooybar Rd and the Bishop Ave/Highway intersection off-ramp is not money wasted as it will form a part of the overall bypass. There is no heavy engineering here and it would solve 50 per cent of our problem by spending 10 per cent of the money. So please get this bit going without delay.
G. Sweet, Milton
Let's get this right for once
I'm writing about my dismay regarding the preferred Milton Ulladulla bypass route. I strongly feel that, for the bypass to be effective in solving our increasing traffic problems, it needs to fully bypass our townships including Milton, Ulladulla, Burrill Lake and Lake Tabourie.
I feel that the preferred route is 20 years too late and would be a huge waste of taxpayers money. We already have ineffective traffic solutions in Ulladulla. Two roundabouts that even this week are bumper to bumper with congestion. The roundabouts should both have been double lane which would have allowed local traffic to merge more easily. Also Burrill bridge which would have been so much more effective with dual carriageways south and north. Let's get this one right for once.
D. Pappas, Ulladulla
Fire management questioned
I read with interest the special Currowan bushfire supplement in The Times. One year ago, on Decembr 3, the fire exploded over the mountain onto my property on Boyne Ridge, Termeil. I was able to save my home after a massive all night effort, but my neighbour's house of 30 years just along the road was completely destroyed. The fire then progressed down into Termeil and Lake Tabourie.
Soon after, Rural Fire Service staff briefed me on how the fire had started out near Brooman (lightning). It was allowed to burn with no effort at containment. Had it been water bombed initially, as they requested, then it could have been stopped.
I wrote a detailed submission to the NSW Bushfire Commission of Inquiry on the basis of this information. My submission was accepted in full and I was informed that it would be published along with the other submissions. However it was not published.
The fire eventually morphed into the Morton fire. Lives were lost, livelihoods were lost, many properties were lost and untold psychological damage resulted.
Much has been written and spoken about the Currowan fire since it ended. However nowhere have I seen or heard anyrevealing commentary on the initial management of the fire. It was therefore regrettable to read the comments of RFS incident controller Mark Williams in the supplement.
He said that he wouldn't change a single decision made during the fire season. He said it became apparent very early that the fire would not be extinguished by manpower alone. What about water bombing the initial ignition point then, as RFS members were calling for? The Clyde River was very close by and there were no other fires burning in the Shoalhaven at that time.