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LETTER: Future alternatives

SIR, – I read with interest your editorial, March 28, 2018,‘The Wimmera, yes we exist!’
In regards to Melbourne I agree that it is a ‘glaring red flag for a state that has a capital city slowly choking itself with a seemingly uncontrolled and costly urban sprawl’.
And I as many other people living in country Victoria have to travel long distances, wasting time and money to receive services for my health.
Urban planners seem to look no further than the area of Melbourne.
Health organisations and our rural councils in western Victoria should push for a halt to the cancer-like spread of Melbourne.
All shipping for Victoria and beyond arrives there to go where? Using totally congested roads. Dangerously overloaded airport facilities. Hours of commuting traffic, road repairs to upgrade and expand. Air pollution from industry in residential areas.
Shipping has to go through Port Phillip Bay to reach Melbourne, wasting hours.
There is a whole corridor from the south – Portland – to the north – Mildura – in western Victoria where exists a multitude of dying small towns.
There should be an urgent push for an alternative port in the west at Portland, with its deep and open seaport.
This push should also include: A new freeway from Portland to connect to the Glenelg Highway and a ring road around Hamilton, going further north to connect to the Western Highway and ring road around Horsham – all to go to Adelaide to the west or to the east to Melbourne.
There could also be a new national and international airport in this area and a new ferry service in competition with the Spirit of Tasmania going to Stanley, north-west Tasmania.
Along the new corridors a development of new residential areas would remove the overcrowding of Melbourne and include commercial development and all other logistics to cope with a larger population such as education, governments and medical facilities, public transport facilities and freight. This would attract medical experts, specialists and hospitals.
This would open and develop the west, which would bring the small towns here into the new age and bring with it services, which are currently minimal, and technologies of the future.
Astrid van den Akker-Luttmer
Warracknabeal

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Posted on Apr 4 2018

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