Sorry everyone, I’m in favor of the Outback Highway. This …

Comment on LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route by Rex Neindorf.

Sorry everyone, I’m in favor of the Outback Highway. This is a major national development which should have been completed many years ago. This project along with several strategic rail corridors are urgently required.
The sealing of the highway will be a beacon for the tourism industry. It will provide us with a much needed major new coach route and easy access to our region for domestic travelers. In the NT and WA especially the sealed highway will pass many Aboriginal communities presenting them with the best opportunity they will ever have to finally leap into the 21st Century. The benefits for these communities will be wide ranging.
Most importantly many new travelers will pass these communities giving them the opportunity to open new businesses. Much better option than receiving benefits.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the bush, I grew up in the country, I still live in the country and The Australian Bush must be protected and preserved at all cost. You are right to point out though, Russell, that the wild bush does have value and yes it should be more than just a “transit zone” and this project delivers more than that, in spades!
Ian, many, many people have been working on this project for many years in order to see it come to fruition. They have consulted many people across the three states (I’ve just upgraded us to a state), I’m sure a very detailed cost-benefit analysis has been undertaken and I’m equally as sure that many remote Aboriginal communities will be amongst the biggest beneficiaries of this marvelous project.

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LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route
I’m still trying to understand why Russell has brought alcohol consumption into this debate. Let’s just debate the benefits of the road here, shall we?

LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route
Hi Ian, this site mentions the fact that a full cost- benefit analysis is being undertaken.

LETTER: Time for a third sealed national route
Hi Ian, yes a full cost-benefit analysis is being done right now. Details are on the Outback Highway website. I’m hoping that Bob, Russell and perhaps even yourself have had a chance to chat with the Mayor over this issue as I am sure he will convince you all of the importance of this project.
[Hi All … we’ve invited the Mayor to participate in the discussion here. – ED]

Recent Comments by Rex Neindorf

Open speed limit starts tomorrow
Dallas @1 posted Feb 3rd is correct, slashing a wide strip on each side of the road will greatly increase safety.
I understand Marks @8 posted Jan 31st point of view. Old vehicles in poor repair will always be a hazard, no matter which speed they are being driven at.
I have been in the Territory since 1997 and lasted a decade here driving on roads with no speed limit until limits were enforced and I survived.
It is a fact that most deaths in the NT are attributed to fatigue, alcohol, lack of wearing seat belts and vehicles which are in poor repair and or overcrowded. Speed was and still is way down the list.
When I was traveling on open speed roads I was mainly doing 160km/h. Very occasionally would I be passed meaning that most people drove at a limit which they determined was safe.
Mark, there is nothing to stop a car doing 200km/h on any road, it’s just illegal but it still wouldn’t stop them.
Fatigue is far more likely to set in whilst doing 110km/h on a long straight stretch of road than doing 160 on the same road as when doing 160 I guarantee you are far more alert whilst driving.
As for driving at night doing these speeds, no way. Open speed is only safe during day time hours.
At dawn, dusk and even night time high speed would be an absolute danger to all concerned. Too many animals roaming and not a lot of fencing! I hit a horse a few years ago now around dusk doing about 90. Came out from behind a tree and did not see it at all until it was right in front of me.
I now have FLIR thermal imaging fitted to my vehicle which works exceptionally well. Coming back from Adelaide last year whilst sitting on about 100 in the middle of the night FLIR picked up three cows on the road well before I could visually see them. Dark cows are very hard to see at night but they give out a bucket load of heat.
It all comes down to driving with common sense and unfortunately it does not matter if there is a speed limit or not common sense is not always there. I would dare say that traveling a few of the speed limited and heavily policed eastern seaboard highways is and always will be far more dangerous than our newly open speed stretch of road.

The crucible of alcohol legislation
Is this fiction Russell? Only 14% of Indigenous Territorians are at risk of long term harm by alcohol? Or is it simply they are dead before the meaning ‘long term’ kicks in?

Editor injured in hit and run
Interesting to note that another person was cleaned up last Friday night near Maccas as reported in yesterday’s local printed paper. This hit and run routine appears to becoming commonplace around town. The one in town however should be easy for the cops to trace via CCTV you would think. Just one of the benefits of having a good security camera system in operation even though the local camera system is not as good as it could be.
Anyway Erwin, best wishes for a fast recovery and maybe you can also chase up and report on the other hit and run.

Mall skater’s $576 fine: is it fair?
Don’t worry Peter, October 15, 7:42am: Eight-year-olds won’t have to carry ID as anyone under 10 cannot be charged for anything in this country. Eleven-year-olds and over however better start packing their birth certificate!

Someone is going to die at this crossing, say councillors
We drove past the Heavitree Gap pedestrian crossing today and yes people were crossing at the southern end of the fence, all except for the one man who was leaning against the fence taking a piss in full view of all the passing traffic. This is by far the flashiest urinal I have seen in a long time!

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