Eyre Highway Closure

 
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
This is interesting...

https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-01-15/calls-to-upgrade-trans-access-road-after-eyre-highway-closed/11866330?pfmredir=sm
ANR
It's not interesting.
It's just PLAIN BLOODY RIDICULOUS.
The fewer people out there on their own the better.

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  ANR Deputy Commissioner

Thanks for chiming in, YM.

I think today's pollies and key bureaucratic decision makers lack imagination and problem solving skills. This could be because back then, people had to manage with the limited resources available. Today, there is a phobia and paralytic hesitancy about decision making  in general, and taking responsibility, even though we have never before had this volume of information available on demand, at our fingertips.

Why are simple things so difficult? Why was it easy to blow $100m in sports grants recently?

As I said before, if it can't be done by rail, then build another road. At least the pastoralists will have some benefit all year round.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
'Why was it easy to blow $100m in sports grants recently?'

Simply because she could.

Politicians, senior bureaucrats, municipal councils/councillors and big business sooner or later reach a level where do not have to obey or follow either the letter or spirit of the law. They become responsible to no one and are a law unto themselves. Just look at the banks but there are many others eg Transurban, oil companies and the energy company companies etc etc most of whom have been given these 'rights' by incompetent  governments.

It's just corruption, lies, spin, half-truths, misleading statements and snouts in the trough and they almost always get away with it in Australia.
  Bulbous Assistant Commissioner

As I said before, if it can't be done by rail, then build another road. At least the pastoralists will have some benefit all year round.
ANR


No need for sealing the rail access track, as the Laverton to Alice Springs road is planned for full sealing over the next few years. The gold mine traffic (Yamarna, Gruyere) will drive the first section, and carried on to Warburton. Then the sealing will be done through to the NT as a second stage. Good access for (occasionally) heavy traffic, and not too far out of the way to be discounted as a second route should the Eyre Hwy shut again.

A year ago it took over eight hours to get road trains from Laverton to the Gruyere Gold turn-off (~170km), and they might make three return trips before needing a good rebuild due to the damage suffered on those trips. Some haulers started refusing to move aggregates and materials out there as the damage to the trucks was far too great.

Cheers,

Matt
  ANR Deputy Commissioner

Matt, there are a lot of outback roads or tracks that have been left unmaintained for ages. When you ask google for distance between point A and point B, and it is 200 km, and then you see 6 h next to it, you shake your head thinking it can't be true. Especially if you have been on it before,  and it has previously taken half that time.

That is, until you are driving on it at 40km/h with tyre pressures at 20psi because it is better to ride the shoulder or make your own tracks, rather than blow tyres or bust the suspension/steering.

It is inevitable that many outback tracks will be sealed and will have sound business cases.

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