Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Poor Planning Puts Us Back at Square One

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Poor Planning Puts Us Back at Square One

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MOST of the people who will attend the C[pounds sterling]review of FlexiLink and services optionsC[yen] (March 17 and 19) may remember the introduction of the Rocket Age Co a time when the failure of a rocket was viewed as a very serious, or otherwise catastrophic, event.

Back then, after an operational failure, the C[pounds sterling]rocket scientistsC[yen] would invariably gather to investigate or review what in many cases was a soul-destroying event.

As a result, their course of action was to carefully look over and examine all of the issues, determine the cause or causes of the failure, then develop rectification processes before starting again.

The many attendees at the FlexiLink review meetings may not be C[pounds sterling]rocket scientistsC[yen].

But they will undoubtedly be able to relate to TransLink management the fact the introduction of FlexiLink services in some Ipswich localities has been a complete failure, like many of those rockets in years gone by.

If the FlexiLink service proposal had been properly investigated, competently planned and efficiently implemented, there would have been no groundswell of dissatisfaction among affected residents and, therefore, no need for a review and the costs associated.

Because FlexiLink is definitely not equal to, or better than, the bus services it replaced, it is imperative the status quo should remain (ie: return the buses) until such time as a customer-friendly, reliable and cost-acceptable public transport service can be developed for those bus routes deemed to be poorly patronised.

JOHN GRAHAM

North Ipswich

Keep heart

MY husband and I are in our 70s and our water bills are higher than ever, but we have to pay it.

How many Australians have the same problem? How much extra money are they making from the public?

A lot of us pensioners are struggling to keep our heads above water.

With insurance companies not paying for floods, my heart goes out to these people.

We pay rates but up our street not much gets done. …

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