TREVALLYN METRO BUS SERVICES
EACH day there are 60-plus mainly empty Metro buses on trips to West and North Riverside and the CBD circuit to the Trevallyn Bald Hill roundabout.
These buses mainly do a circuit and loop at Penrith Street before West Tamar Highway (Route 150) and return on the exact route on which they arrived to return to the CBD.
Any person can catch the bus from all but the hilly bits of Trevallyn to the CBD from either side of the road as the looping only takes a couple of minutes.
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Each day, three of the 60 plus buses on Route 151 travel past the Penrith Street loop onto West Tamar Highway and loop via Cormiston Road and have stops at their medical centre and the Riverside excellent shopping centre.
Hundreds of residents located on the hilly parts of Trevallyn have no access to either of these routes, as State Growth decided their five-minute transit time was deleterious to the empty or lightly loaded buses on Route 151. Thus these hundreds of Trevallyn citizens are denied getting a bus to their medical and major shopping centre for nebulous reasons, which were shown to be frivolous as public pressure then caused Metro to maintain the school buses on the hilly route, thus evaporating State Growth's reasons for closing the routes.
As we have some newly elected state politicians who live on Trevallyn, perhaps they can work on getting these services restored to their constituents.
As all the bus stops on the five-minute hilly parts of Trevallyn are intact the only work required to fix this injustice is with a stroke of the pen.
G Long, Trevallyn.
MUCH has been written in recent weeks about the role pharmacies have in immunising people but little credit has been given to the GP surgeries around the state who since March have been at the forefront in immunising the community. Well done to all of them. Anti-vaxxers talk about their rights but with rights come responsibilities.
Do the right thing and for the sake of yourselves and for the safety of others in the community, book your appointment now.
Joan Barnes, Longford.
NO QUICK FIX TO ROAD TOLL
ANNABEL Richards (The Examiner, October 12) wonders if we could try lowering the speed limit by 10km/h to see if it will reduce road deaths.
Firstly, this is a very expensive exercise and has been tried in Tasmania when the country road limit was lowered by 20km/h.
After tens of thousands of dollars spent, and despite the objections of country folk, a modest and probably unrelated rise in the road toll was recorded for the following two years. The move didn't work. The limit was never changed back.
Lowering the speed limit has several undesired consequences. The traffic density increases, as cars must stay on the road longer to reach their destination, so a 20km/h drop results in a corresponding 20 per cent increase in traffic density.
And because cars are crawling around at 80km/h, people pay less attention, and so accidents can go up.
A study in the US of thousands of five miles per hour (8km/h) changes across the US over 10 years found no statistically significant change in road toll.
Robert Stonjek, Kings Meadows.
FLAWS IN VOUCHER SCHEME
WITH regards to the travel voucher scheme, it would have been better to give them to the participants to then pass them to the supplier, and have the supplier claim the cash from the government.
Currently, the participant is out of pocket until the claim is submitted, which is a disincentive. Secondly, the activities do not offer any significant range for senior citizens.
We are not able to skydive, participate on cycle tracks and the like, and yet where we actively spend significant sums is in restaurants, vineyards, theatres, etc is unacceptable in the system and yet essential when travelling.
Geoffrey McLennan, Deloraine.
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LABOR UNDER FALSE PRETENCES
NURSING is an honourable profession, but Anita Dow's self-appraisal of her nursing career (The Advocate, October 11), is not sufficient grounds to believe that she, or the Labor Party, have the answers to solving problems in the Health Department, the "poison chalice" of all governments.
Labor has demonstrated its inability to lead, with its preselection Rocky Horror Show, continued factional influence, legal action by the president, post-election leadership debacle, the forced reinstatement of a former leader, and now intervention at national level.
It's no wonder they are not in government, when they can't govern themselves.
Contrary to this, Peter Gutwein, coming in at short notice, handled the Northwest General Hospital crisis promptly and effectively, and has been resolute in border closure rules in the midst of the pandemic, while maintaining a strong economy.
Not bad for a beginner.
The Health Department will always be beset with problems.
Fierce competition for government funds by health professionals; high cost of diagnostic equipment and materials; reluctance of doctors to go to rural areas; ever-increasing demands on health services; mental health, drug and alcohol problems; and domestic violence are some of the reasons why managing the Health Department is a nightmare portfolio for ministers.
Let us be thankful for what we have got. There is no perfect health system anywhere.