National demolish their byelection chances with a motorway!
Waterview's vow: We'll block bulldozers
Residents of Mt Albert and Waterview in Auckland are preparing for battle to save hundreds of homes and hectares of green space from road-building bulldozers. "They're not going to destroy the whole of Oakley Creek by chucking a motorway down it," said Avondale Community Board chairman and business association leader Duncan McDonald last night. "They won't get a motorway - the people will lay down in front of the bulldozers. "We'll put this on websites showing all the greenies around the world what they intend to do to Oakley Creek."
The Government announced yesterday it would ditch a Labour Government plan for twin tunnels since costed at $2.55 billion. An alternative route for the 4.5km motorway, to be announced today, will probably require the demolition of at least 300 homes, against the 160 that would have to be cleared around tunnel portals.
Oh God, what a public relations nighmare, can you see it now, old blokes getting dragged away from bulldozers as they cry with the demolition of the homes they've lived in for 50 years? What a dumb idea - National hate public transport, their corporate chums build roads and they like to keep their corporate chums happy and with this decision National seem to have written off their chances at winning Mt Albert to keep those roading giants happy. Former National Party leader Jim McLay is National’s adviser on roads and also just happens to be the head of the Australian Toll Road company, Macquarie in NZ so all those road tolls that Maurice Williams was happily boasting about prior to the election seem with this decision to not only be on the cards but firmly locked in. For National to manipulate the tunnel costs so they can try to argue that it's too expensive is bullshit!
How’s that change feeling folks?