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Do higher speed limits help?
This photo is from the corner of Settlement
and McKenzie Roads on Friday, January 6, not
a particularly busy time or place.
Obviously it’s ruined somebody’s holiday and
not a good look for passing traffic.
In any kind of enterprise, repeat business is
better, in every respect than one-off business.
When you consider how much is spent on
marketing, at all levels of government as well
as operators in tourist businesses, for best re-
turn, don’t we need to make the town as friend-
ly as possible, to encourage repeat visits and
not turn people off with things like car crashes?
It’s clear, if you inspect traffic research re-
ports, that speed limits reduced to 40, or pref-
erably 30kmh in busy urban streets, mean car
crashes can often be avoided completely.
Any remaining will be very much less in-
jury and damage. Thompson Ave, with three
supermarkets, thanks to planning ministers
overruling planning experts, with angle park-
ing on both sides of the road, is urban traffic
anarchy; even more dangerous for pedestrians
and cyclists than cars. Traffic research finds
that, at 40 or even 30kmh, traffic flow is much
smoother than at 60kmh, driver courtesy im-
proving so that vehicles make turns and merge
into and out of main roads without all the stop/
start aggro at 60kmh.
Unfortunately local experts often get more
glory out of big budget projects for “more, big-
ger, faster, is better” roads.
Could it be that wider and straighter roads
are part of the problem, a reason why so many
drivers can be easily distracted?
In any discussion, authority folks will only
consider rational behaviour by drivers.
For anybody who has ever lived close to a
roundabout like the one at Thompson and Set-
tlement, walking and cycling frequently, antics
by drivers are often unbelievable.
It’s only when police and ambos are called
that crashes are reported or even recorded in
statistics. At this roundabout, you always find
bits of broken glass and plastic.
Example of other craziness. From Saturday,
January 7, out on “wide open road” in a crawl-
ing conga line between Bass and San Remo,
our son and family got caught, in one of those
concertina type car congestion, needing to
brake just a little sharply. Not one but two cars
behind suddenly swerved onto the shoulder to
avoid shutting his rear end.
If that’s not enough, it happened again, with
one car swerving left and the other swerving
right, fortunately with no oncoming traffic.
Elsewhere in the world, you find program-
mable speed limit signs which could slow traf-
fic down, as far back as Bass, to reduce risk of
concertina braking events.
Otherwise, even as close as Melbourne, you
find places where roundabouts have been re-
moved and replaced by traffic lights.
This improves flow for single lane traffic but
VicRoads insist that dual lane roundabouts,
disregarding high cost, flow faster.
Occasionally, you might get a clear, wide-
open road run between Newhaven and Cowes,
when you might be able to accelerate to as fast
as 80kmh. But mostly, you’ll be blocked by
cars at less than 80. The remaining parts of the
road at 80kmh are gradually getting shorter,
replaced by 60kmh. The difference in travel
time, for the exhilaration of a few bits at 80,
amounts to hardly more than one minute time
So how about 60kmh for the whole island
and 30kmh for Cowes, north of Rhyll Rd,
bounded by Coghlans to east and McKenzie to
Let’s get over it!
The private car as we know it, is surely go -
ing to be extinct in the next 10 or 20 years,
gradually replaced by efficient public transport
for inter-urban transport, with car sharing at
How about we favour rather than fight this
Our Federal leaders appear to be pinning
their hopes on leadership and ideas from “the
regions”, especially for jobs and growth.
Can anybody not see real opportunities for
the island community to lead here?
Or do we continue to turn a blind eye to cars
being the cause, and not the solution, of so
many problems, with $millions being wasted
on more roads, feeding our disastrous addic-
tion to cars?
Bernie McComb, Cowes.
Island hospital the only way
Mr Brian Paynter, State Member and rep-
resentative of all the residents of Phillip Is-
land, where are you when we, the residents,
are calling for a hospital?
You know the problems we have here, why
are you not working to solve them?
If you are, why are we not hearing any-
I have written to the Premier, Mr Daniel An-
drews, regarding the problem, who in turn
handballed my request to Ms Jill Hennessy,
Minister for Health and Ambulance Services,
who responded with a whole list of reasons
why we, the residents of Phillip Island, are
being well cared for by Bass Coast Health
and Cowes Medical Centre and a soon to be
built medical hub expected to start some
time this year.
Mr Paynter, I am asking you, can you have
contact with Ms Hennessy and get us off this
merry-go-round and get us a hospital.
You have the backing of all residents and
visitors to Phillip Island, thousands of us,
who have been at the short end of the stick
for many years. Work for us.
I am throwing down the gauntlet, Mr Payn-
ter, are you Minister enough to pick it up?
Allan Droscher, President, Phillip Island
Senior Citizens, Cowes.
Can we have a
review now please?
The previous Bass Coast Shire Council
voted in favour of the demand from Phillip
Island Stand Alone for a review of BCS finan-
cial performance, in particular their failure
to fund Island projects.
Just because the State government didn’t
support the review doesn’t mean it can’t be
And with the saving of $800,000 from the
decision not to proceed with the Cultural
Centre plans, surely we can now afford the
Presumably Councillors Rothfield and Ful-
larton still support it.
Bring it on! Phyllis McKenzie, Sunset
Getting like vicious lab rats
Doesn’t it all happen down here, on the day
after Boxing Day?
Photos here show damage to trees at kids’
playground on Katherine Circuit. One is a
large lump from a large and not so healthy
tree trunk, an obvious hazard for children.
Main one shows branches torn from tree at
kerb side but bigger concern with two trees
planted a couple of years ago, grown to two
metres or so but now broken off leaving just
As we plan for growth, packing more and
more escapees from the city, into a confined
space, must we expect more problems?
Even when this is done with lab rats, they
get alienated, even vicious. Is it time to tell
our leaders that obsession with uncontrolled
growth is a problem, for which there’s no so-
Bernie McComb, Cowes.
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