Merimbula letters to the editor, October 18

TV guide

Please tell. What has happened to the TV guide? I had it on the desktop of my iPad for easy reference and now it has disappeared. Sometimes change is not for the better. Help!

Beverley Richardson, Tura Beach

Intersection

The design of the new intersection in Merimbula has raised some significant questions. It appears that the sizing of the on road signage may have been understated to the point of being ineffective. Anyone approaching the intersection cannot clearly see the turning indicators painted on the lanes until they are upon them at which point it will be too late to change lanes. Even worse would be that late lane changes that are attempted by frustrated motorists, which will certainly put other drivers, bike riders and pedestrians at significant risk of collision and injury.

As stated by the project engineer, priority has been given to traffic on the bypass road. This is odd given that the same engineer advised us that that source of traffic only accounted for 30 per cent of the overall traffic flow. We now have cars being blocked at the lights and at the corner of Market and Beach streets. This will only be worsened during the peak Christmas holiday season and compounded by the use of the loading zone less than 100 meters from the intersection between the mentioned streets.

The question that needs to be answered is: What plans do Bega Shire Council have to address and improve the problems outlined above?

Trish Culo, Merimbula

Bypass

I am compelled to reply to Anne Wrights Letter of 4.10.2017 regarding the Monaro and Market streets intersection and I couldn’t agree with her more.

The issue of this intersection was brought up many years ago with our Bega Valley Shire councillors at the time voting for a bypass route through Merimbula to Tura Beach to promote the 12,000 people to shop at the new Tura Beach Woolworths complex.  At the time I recall the cost for this was between $3.5million and $5million dollars. Yes, ratepayers money. I, like many other locals, contested this ridiculous expense and asked for a roundabout, but as usual it was knocked back. Just like the Sapphire Coast Dr and Reid St roundabout, I was told at the traffic committee meeting to go home as it was a ridiculous idea. History has now proven a point.

The Monaro and Market streets intersection reminds me of the Camberwell Junction in Melbourne. It might as well be, due to the enormity of it. Hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on this intersection with lights should very well have right-turning lights. Why skimp on the lights to accommodate this extremely overly large intersection.

The Bega Valley Shire councillors in years gone by have refrained to keep Merimbula’s traffic conditions running smoothly, when all it would taken is roundabout at all our congested intersections, namely Sapphire Coast Dr and Main St, Main St and Market St at the Top Fun corner, Merimbula Drive and Market St, Beach St and Market St and also the now dangerous Monaro and Market streets debacle. I do not think for one moment that the planners or construction personnel ever took a physical run for this intersection, nor the councillors who voted this in for construction. 

I would like to stress to the current Bega Valley councillors to stop spending unnecessary exuberant ratepayers’ monies on botched intersections for Merimbula, when the plain less-expensive roundabouts would suffice and probably be a third of the cost. One councillor quoted $24,000 five years ago for a roundabout. Even if that figure has trebled it’s still cheaper than the fiasco created at the Monaro and Market streets intersection.

The locals, the businesses, the ratepayers and tourists have had enough with what the BVSC has done to Merimbula.

Barb Aggenbach, Merimbula   

All about the brass: Bega District Band got a great reception from the audience at the Civic Centre concert with Canberra Brass on Saturday evening.

All about the brass: Bega District Band got a great reception from the audience at the Civic Centre concert with Canberra Brass on Saturday evening.