"It's disgusting ...it's ugly"
"We accept the overhead cables have to be there we do not accept that this structure has to be located here"
"The residents have got a strong case"
"They sold us a pup"
THE LAST TIME WE CAUGHT UP WITH THE RESIDENTS OF COLUMBIA CRESCENT AT HALLET COVE ...THE GLOVES WERE OFF
"If governments can run roughshod over ordinary people ....that is appalling ...that is not a government i want to rule us"
THESE GOOD FOLK CLAIM THEY ARE BEING RAILROADED BY THE STATE GOVERNMENT OVER A PART OF THE TWO POINT SIX BILLION ELECTIFICATION OF THE NOARLUNGA LINE
"I think it's a travesty to be putting this up on a scenic street"
"Absolutely!!!...i mean that's the whole point of the problem"
WHILE THE TRANSPORT BIG WIGS AND THEIR BROCHURES PAINT A PICTURE OF MINIMUM ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ALONG THIS TRAIN LINE ...THE REALITY IS... EVERY ONE POINT SIX KILOMETRES THEY HAVE TO HAVE ONE OF THESE OVERHEAD WIRING SYSTEMS...KNOWN AS AN OVERLAP
"And they are going to put one right here"
AND HERE'S ROUGHLY WHAT IT WILL LOOK LIKE ....THE VIEW DOESN'T STAND A CHANCE
"No the view is destroyed forever"
WHILE SOME MODIFICATIIONS MAY MAKE IT LESS UNSIGHTLY THE DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE'S ROD HOOK RECKONS HIS BOFFINS SAY IT CAN'T GO ANYWAY ELSE
"We've gone back to our designers who are experienced in designing ...twenty five thousand volt systems and that is what they are doing here ...we've said if it can be changed, change it ...they've told it can't"
BUT NOW IT'S ENGINEERS AT FOURTY PACES...SINCE OUR LAST STORY THESE FOLK HAVE BEEN VERY BUSY....HIRING THEIR OWN INDEPENDENT ENGINEERS
"We felt it was pointless trying to argue with the government unless we had a basis in fact for what we were proposing"
BOTH ENGINEERS REPORT THAT THE LOCATION OF THE INFRASTRUCTURE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SET IN CONCRETE
Independent engineers report:
"The most suitable alternative location b is likely to be 160 metres to the south of the existing overlap (proposed rail structure) on land known as lot 101 Christie road Lonsdale"
IT'S IN A CUTTING SO THE VISUAL IMPACT WILL BE MINIMAL
Independent engineers report:
"The section of track is relatively straight and appears accessible for service vehicles and within the 1.6 kilometre range required for the overhead wire run as described by DPTI"
"Well there you go...what's the problem?"
DON'T KNOW....BECAUSE EVEN THE RAILWAYMEN ARE NOT GETTING THE SIGNALS
Deputy Rail Commissioner
"DPTI advises that it has exhausted it's investigations and confirms that it will remain in its current position"
AND LOCAL MEMBER AND TRANSPORT SERVICE MINISTER CLOE FOX MAKES THREE
"Our engineers who are not looking at just one section of track they are looking at thirty six kilometres of track advise us that is not the case....i should say one thing ...we are not being bloody minded ..we're not"
BUT THAT DOESN'T STACK UP WITH WHAT FIVE RESIDENTS HEARD THE GOVERNMENTS ENGINEERS SAY AT A MEETING CALLED OVER THE MATTER
"We went through the constraints that were put up by the department and one by one the engineers were able to tell us they could each be overcome..they actually said that?...they said that we all heard them say that"
GOVERNMENT ENGINEERS AND TWO INDEPENDENT ENGINEERS ...A PRETTY GOOD CASE FOR THE LOCALS YOU'D THINK?
"When you've got independent experts saying that there's a credible alternative that needs to be taken seriously"
ALSO INDEPENDENT..... FEDERAL SENATOR NICK XENAPHON HAS TAKEN UP THE RESIDENTS PLIGHT
"This is going to be an incredible eyesore that will damage the value of residents homes but this will be an eyesore for everyone who goes past there"
HE HAS CALLED ON TRANSPORT MINISTER TOM KOUTSANTONIS TO INTERVENE
"I'm just hoping I can engage with him on this i think this is something that can be resolved with the benefit of the community and the benefit of the environment"
IT MUST BE SAID THESE PEOPLE FROM THE BEGINNING HAVE TOLD "US" THEY WERE NEVER CONSULTED OR INFORMED ABOUT THIS PARTICULAR RAIL INFRASTUCTURE
SOMETHING THE GOVERNMENT DENIED
BUT BASED ON NEW INFORMATION CLOE FOX TODAY FINALLY ADMITTED THE RESIDENTS OF COLUMBIA CRESCENT...
"Did not receive flyers they did not...absolutely nothing very good that's right and they didn't receive the invitations now i found out this morning when i was talking to rod hook that the company that had been employed by the department to do the letterboxing and do the door knocking of this particular area has actually been sacked ..they were let go as a result"
WORK BEGAN TODAY ON THE RAIL EQUIPMENT THAT WILL BLIGHT THE AREA.....BUT NICK XENAPHON SAYS WORK SHOULD COME TO A HALT
"Let's have a short pause here, let's take a deep breath and sort this out, because once those poles and wires and ugly infrastructure is up there it will be forever"
"Chloe ...look at that view...can you imagine the view with all that infrastructure?...yes"
"This is development....is it progress?...it is progress ....and any cost?...no this is project ...this is ahm....this is.....ahhhh....progress which has an enormous benefit for the greater community"
"If there's a viable credible cost effective alternative let's go down the path rather than wrecking the neighbourhood"