THE Second Circuit Action Group, of which I'm a member, recently presented Bathurst Regional Council with a position statement indicating six points that the group believes are critical components in ensuring the city gets the proposed second circuit right.
After all, this circuit, once completed, will be the largest capital infrastructure project undertaken by council.
It appears that our persistent nagging may have paid dividends with the announcement last Thursday of internationally recognised Apex Circuit Design as the successful tenderer for the project - which is, in the group’s view, a critical ingredient in getting it right.
While I would normally favour an Australian company, only one local company made the final three, and my understanding is that the winning tender was superior in more than one way.
So it's bouquets all round to council's staff, who have diligently and methodically put this tender together, aiding the process to get it right.
It will now be a long 84 weeks before the final plan is revealed.
Very powerful incentive
STILL on the proposed second circuit and Councillor John Fry, ever consistent with his Australian Greens allegiances, asked our group if e-bikes and e-cars would be able to run at the new circuit.
I rather facetiously responded that we did not care how bikes and cars were powered; even nuclear would be okay. So long as they had rubber wheels and attracted paying supporters, there was no issue at all.
Clearly, though, I don't think electric bikes and cars would currently generate enough punters through the gate to cover the circuit hire fees.
This may be a totally different scenario in 10 years, however.
Those who forget history
ACCORDING to a recent correspondent, I fail to disclose my political allegiances in this column. The rather melodramatic claim was that my weekly musings are "extreme right wing political conservatism pretending to be mainstream".
I don’t think the correspondent has read my column very often. May I also suggest to the correspondent that people in glasshouses should not throw stones.
In the 2004 and 2008 local government elections, the correspondent, as a candidate, did not indicate his political allegiance to the ALP. Instead, he left the party column blank on his nomination forms, despite his signature in the letters to the editor last Saturday indicating he was a former ALP councillor.
To the best of my knowledge (and I may be corrected), the ALP has never had Labor Party-endorsed tickets or candidates at the Bathurst local government elections.
Now, however, it appears that history is being conveniently rewritten with a proud statement claiming the disclosure and transparency of a former Labor councillor.
So, to set the record straight, my allegiance in this column is to the community and good governance.
If any of my readers, however, remain unsure of my political allegiance, I suggest they see hearing and eye specialists for a check-up or do a quick Google search, as I have not at any point attempted to hide my allegiances nor tried to use this column to advance those allegiances.
COUNCIL appointing an internationally recognised circuit designer for the second circuit precinct.
PEOPLE in glasshouses throwing stones. And those with an airbrushed version of history.