READER'S VIEW: For the good of the region, forget bypass
I READ in The Morning Bulletin (25/11/2015) that the council is still pushing for a ring road/Rockhampton bypass.
If any councillor/Mayor or state representative approves such a project, that will be the end to Rockhampton/Capricorn Coast small businesses.
As stated before, we need projects to generate income, generate economic growth, and generate confidence in the public sector. But bypassing a major regional city is the most damaging idea I have heard of.
The southern highway leads to Rockhampton; the northern highway leads to Rockhampton; the western highway leads to Rockhampton. This is for a reason - to keep Rockhampton alive - and you want to bypass.
Now councillors, don't tell me it's entirely the Mayor's idea; you all sit around a big table and discuss the agenda.
Vision is about what is good for the future, what is going to help this region grow; bypassing takes away, it doesn't give.
Trucks and trains are the backbone of this region, and also the livelihood of many, many businesses that offer employment to hundreds which in turn keeps our region alive.
By bypassing a major regional town you give the opportunity for people/tourist/visitors to carry on; we need to make these people stop, look, spend.
For the good of this region, forget the ring road/bypass.
The best vision is to keep traffic flowing through our town.