Rail bypass

The concerns about increasing problems with noise and vibration from passing freight trains through Nairne are the latest in a string of complaints from affected Hills locals.
Homeowners further down the line have long been plagued by wheel squeal and vibration issues that have been exacerbated by the growing number of trains on the tracks.
In the city these trains not only affect residents, but also motorists, who must wait for longer periods stuck in traffic as the trains cross major arterial roads.
In a nation as big as Australia, freight trains play a vital part in linking commerce across long distances.
They are an essential part of our economy and each train has the potential to take up to 150 trucks off our highways, making them safer for motorists.
The demand for rail freight is reflected in the Australian Rail Track Corporation’s plans to extend the maximum length of trains on its lines from 1.5km to up to 1.8km and to double the number of trains operating on the route by 2025.
Under those plans, the problems facing Hills residents are likely to be exacerbated, affecting their quality of life and potentially even the structural integrity of their homes.
Surely now is the time for the State and Federal Governments to seriously consider pushing ahead with long-term plans for a northern rail bypass.

Water supply

The commercial water supply arrangement for more than 80 residential customers at Uraidla harks back to a simpler time in Hills history.
Back in the 1930s and ’40s the Piccadilly Valley was the cool climate vegetable patch of Adelaide and the people who lived there by and large worked there.
The first customers of the Tamlin family’s  water supply system were their own workers. It was the community thing to do.
But times change and now the Tamlins are moving on, leaving the future of the water supply in limbo.
Uraidla’s situation is not unique.
There are many communities in the Hills that are not connected to mains and residents have to rely on rainwater tanks and private bores.
If the new owners of the Tamlin property choose not to continue their township supply, residents will have to do what their neighboring communities have to do – fend for themselves.
Unfortunately for the owners of small allotments such as the retirement village, finding space for rainwater tanks might prove problematic.