Letter to the Editor - April 2: Rethink the road plan
ON READING the article in The Advocate about the protesters in Pioneer Park I was dismayed to read how the mayor feels the destruction of the trees and the koala habitat, as well as the loss of green space for our town, is somehow justified because of the "shady characters" doing drug deals in the park after dark.
To me the most important issue here is not about the koalas or trees, not even about the loss of car parks, even though all of these do matter. The problem is by opening up this corridor to traffic it will create more headaches that it solves.
The entire precinct is home to numerous businesses that provide human services.
There are several businesses that service mental health clients, and others that provide counselling.
There are services that assist people with disabilities, including Autistic children that are very sensitive to noise. There are settlement services for our newly settled refugees. There is also Centrelink, and the library and swimming pool.
This is where the traffic will be directed, straight into the precinct where the services for our most vulnerable are situated, and where there is a high traffic of people accessing these services.