There is another road tunnel through a hill near Byron …

Comment on A bridge too far? A tunnel may be the answer. by Charlie Carter.

There is another road tunnel through a hill near Byron Bay on the north coast of NSW.
The M1 motorway goes through it. I estimate it is about 200m long.
I take the discussion seriously, or at least parts of it, with the primary purpose being to open up The Gap again to improve the flood flow.
Even 30% seems worthwhile, and the cost benefit should be able to be calculated, and compared with other flood mitigation proposals.
However, the concept of allowing flood water through the tunnels is ridiculous.
One of the important functions would be to ensure N-S access for emergencies during floods.
Rod Cramer is correct that Honeymoon Gap would also be impassable in a flood event.
I don’t agree with Domenico that ideas should not be discussed, but he seems to be confusing discussion of an idea (this) with discussion of a Government proposal (the gallery).
Any serious look at the future of Alice would not project a great population increase. “Industrial Development” just ain’t gunna happen.
Two lanes of road in one tunnel, and the railway in another (perhaps with an emergency road lane beside it) in another should suffice.
To write off Aboriginal approval seems premature, given that The Gap would be freed of its main desecrations.
Of course it will never be pristine, Alex, but it would be a hell of a lot better.
Dr Ongo, of course the river slows and spreads, you would expect that once it is free of The Gap squeeze.
Research by Water Resources in the 80s showed that bed level causeways have little effect on flow.

Recent Comments by Charlie Carter

Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
What on earth is John Bell talking about? Something that did not happen in 1983?
Anangu didn’t have ownership of the land then.
If the “Charlie” referred to is me, I wasn’t in the NT then, and have never had any role in the management of the park.
Who the hell is Clyde?


Now that the Rock can’t be climbed, visiting it will cost more
Trevor: I have been a guide at Uluru Kata Tjuta NP. In answer to your specious query, may I suggest;
1. Yes, walk around the rock, slowly.
2. Walk into Walpa Gorge, then watch the sunset at Kata Tjuta (and have an evening picnic).
3. Walk the full Valley of the Winds walk.
4. Spend a few hours in the cultural centre.
5. And yes, you’d probably want to see the sunset on Uluru.


The Territory: It’s a gas!
Gas is well (pun intended) on the way to being a stranded asset.
It is not “clean”.
It will survive as an interim back up fuel for a short while.
See the analysis.


NT Government’s climate response compromised by fracking
Also, a couple of relevant points.
The fracked gas will be incredibly expensive.
It is only viable with lots of taxpayers’ subsidies.
By the time it comes on stream, if ever, it will be an unacceptable fuel source on climate change grounds.
A stranded asset (aka an enormous liability).
Business as usual for the Gunner Government offering last century responses to 21st century problems.


That’s why we all live here
It was bloody marvellous even from the backyard in Eastside.


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