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Health versus Roads

Tuesday 5 October 2004

A Sydney newspaper article reveals a piece of single-minded planning.

The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority is proposing to build a motorway tunnel that will take land from parks and open space. But the state’s chief health officer has warned:

Considering the impact of the proposal on physical activity, health impacts of reduced physical activity, such as obesity, should be addressed.

No, no, says the boss of planning:

We … have to stop wasting money on studies and investigations that bear no proof in respect of sound land use planning.

Now, unless we’re planning to walk on it
[the M4 east], I cannot understand what value that [an obesity study] will have but it will cost $3 million.

Good thinking?

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