The Beagle Editor,
You have to admire the way our Government departments, at all three levels, manage spin.
I recently enquired, for the fourth time, to the Transport For NSW, a taxpayers funded organisation, on the status of the Moruya Bypass promised by our esteemed Transport Minister and our fearless State Premier before the last election.
I received one response in December 2020 advising that my enquiry had been forwarded elsewhere for a response, which did not happen. I enquired again this week. Apparently, I enquired to the wrong area within the Transport Department. The email box I enquired to each time is for quote "This email inbox is to handle enquiries from media outlets". Unquote
I was unceremoniously directed to the very generic and very non detailed website which says quote "Transport for NSW is making progress building a safer and more efficient Princes Highway and has announced plans for a proposed Moruya bypass as part of the Princes Highway upgrade program". Unquote.
It is amazing that our taxes are paying for the salaries and any work being undertaken on this promised project but a personal response to 'one of the owners' is lost in the ether whereas the fourth estate is cajoled with rhetoric by public Departments own professional spin doctors, and taxpayer funded media only area, just in case journalists write something negative about their ministers. Heaven forbid!
And we all wonder why the general public despises our elected officials - too busy protecting their backsides than engaging with their constitutes.
From an increasing and continually disappointed with our elected officials at all levels, person.
Congo NSW 2537 Transport for NSW have advised on their website: Transport for NSW is continuing to undertake investigation in and around the Moruya area to help identify a preferred strategic corridor for the proposed bypass. During December 2020 and January 2021, temporary cameras were installed at various locations to collect traffic data over the peak holiday period.
Geotechnical investigations are being carried out to get a better understanding of the environmental and geotechnical conditions of the area. This work includes drilling or excavating holes to collect information on soil and rock samples in and around Moruya. Other work being carried out in early 2021 includes vegetation, local habitat and Aboriginal heritage studies and ongoing consultation with Health Infrastructure to enable connectivity with the proposed Eurobodalla Health Service.
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