Memo Matt Quagliotta (Inner West Courier) and your plaintive cry February 19 – “is it too much to ask for to have a road system in the nation’s largest city that actually works”.
Yes, Matt it is too much to ask for. Take some time to read up on the years and years and years that it took to get the Sydney Harbour Bridge built and know that everything takes decades to get through all the obstacles in this country – in this state..
We started with a ferry boat rowed by a Jamaican Negro convict licensed to ferry (rowboat) people across this Harbour – rapidly becoming a great obstacle as the colony grew. Blues Point was named after Billy Blue, the ferryman.
Every government that came along seemed to have big ideas and some even extended to world-wide competitions but every time an idea was agreed on, the government changed until finally in 1932 – well over 100 years after the first white settlement, the Bridge was finally opened – and even this was a comic opera.
So Matt, we can look forward to many more years of to-ing and fro-ing and pollies wanting to have their finger in every part of it. I calculate we will get to the moon before we get the much talked about second airport.