How do I reconcile this?
In my suburb of Richmond (Victoria) as part of the City of Yarra, I have been impacted by left-wing self-interest groups and the Greens.
These are singular agenda groups who do NOT govern for all the constituents but for their own purpose which is biased and one-sided.
High rise residential developments are becoming commonplace. Each developer provides a car parking space for about 70% of the apartments and argues for a waiver of car spaces by leaning on the local green themes - reduced car numbers, public transport, more landscaping.
They win their waiver.
There is a main road linking major industrial and commercial precincts in Yarra, and neighbouring surrounds and the CityLink and connected freeway routes.
This road is wide enough for two vehicular lanes in each direction to accommodate the traffic load that is growing each year and alleviate the struggle for every residential side street that feeds into it.
The Council in their Green wisdom ten years ago planted Plain trees ON THE ROAD between parking stretches to create a boulevard look just before the expansion of Citylink was completed and the opening of (then) Melbourne’s only Ikea store.
Welcome to Burnley Street - Richmond’s latest car park….
I pay an annual parking fee for the privilege of having ONE car for my family of four. And for this do I receive ANY privileges for parking across Yarra? You guess the answer….
Every eating place that opens in Yarra seeks a Waiver of Parking provisions. They each have this granted. Richmond is a targeted location for its cafes, restaurants and clothing outlets. Cars from OUTSIDE the city come in and smother my suburb.
Do the parking fines collected and my annual fees provide car parks?…
And let’s not forget the brilliant bicycle strategy of the City of Melbourne to take possession of a vehicle lane both directions, on each feeder road into the CBD and convert them to cycle lanes.
This suits the local residents.
Meanwhile the tens of thousands of cars that NEED to travel in and out of the CBD are restricted to a single lane on these roads, choking the arteries that feed the businesses of this thriving centre that has taken thirty years to recover from it’s grey, dying centre.
So we have existing, congested suburbs being choked, restricted and irresponsibly managed with green biased councils and lobbyists, supported by leftist unions and associations.
SO WHERE the f**k are they when our State Government is bending over forwards to invite COMMERCIAL interests to develop land marked and legislated as National Parks?
Or is the money involved just too much to dismiss?