A blog about Lamb Island in Moreton Bay, Queensland – a unique little paradise under forty kilometres as the seagull flies from Brisbane CBD.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Barging into bridging a divisive issue.

One of the trade-offs involved in living on our Southern Moreton Bay Islands is that to get our cars to and from the mainland, we have to use the vehicle barge service, which costs a fair bit even with our island residents/ratepayers discount. The barges run between Redland Bay and the islands more-or-less every hour-and-a-bit, with the trip to/from Lamb Island taking around forty-five minutes.

And every now-and-so-often, some islander or another gets a sudden rush of blood and calls for our islands to be connected to the mainland and each other via bridges instead of barges. Others disagree.

The pro-bridgers (mainly, it seems, Russell Islanders) say that it’d make McDonalds et al more easily accessible from our islands, and thereby dramatically improve local property values (when presumably they’d sell up at a profit and move somewhere that hadn’t yet been stuffed-up by ‘progress’).

The anti-bridgers (me included) wonder why anyone would even come to live on an island in the first place if they didn’t want it to be an actual island, and we worry that increased accessability would negatively impact on the peaceful get-away-from-it-all island lifestyles most of us came here to enjoy.

Frankly, it’s all kinda moot anyway, because the whole bridging exercise would cost so many squillions of dollars that it’s never likely to happen. But in the interests of fairness to all, I think I’ve come up with a cost-saving and pseudo-democratic compromise worthy of any politician: If some people want a bridge, but some people don’t, the solution is to build – on a pro rata basis – some of a bridge: 

(And yes, sigh, the current South-East Queensland heatwave has me stuck inside the house with nothing much to do except sit in front of a computer and come up with nonsense like the above post.)