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Tag Archives: capital metro

Light rail – Yes, go ahead. No, stop now.

By 24 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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[ 27 August 2015 at 7:00 pm; ]

I am the Chair of the Canberra Public Transport Alliance, and a past Chair of the Combined Community Councils Transport Working Group. I am  concerned with the way the ACT Government is handling the light rail issue.

I do not believe ACT voters have been given any opportunity to collectively vote on whether they want a [...]

How government propaganda may kill light rail (and the rest of Canberra)

By 19 August 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I support the introduction of light rail networks across Canberra.
We should not be having this debate in 2015. The first tracks should have been laid down in the late 1950s or at least by the mid 1960s.
I blame the former NCDC for this oversight. This lack of light rail transport infrastructure most likely came about [...]

Local politics: Here’s what you missed this fortnight

By 16 July 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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That awkward moment when…
There’s quite often a moment in the workplace when your boss corrects you, asserting their position as top dog. This could even undermine your position on a certain topic.
That’s where Canberra Liberals leader Jeremy Hanson is with his federal boss, Prime Minister Tony Abbott. It’s now twice that Abbott has completely undermined [...]

How should we select a modern transport system for Canberra?

By 23 June 2015
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The ACT Government has opted for light rail for the next generation of public transport. This decision was driven by the desire to redevelop Northbourne Avenue, change the lease purposes and increase land values along either side of this “entry” road. A lot of Canberrans do not believe that trams are the best transport solution. [...]

Capital Metro can repeat the Gold Coast’s light rail success

By 16 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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Higher than expected light rail patronage, overall growth in all public transport patronage and decreased road traffic…. how did the Gold Coast achieve this?
Page eight of the latest ARA Newsletter offers some insight:
Australasia’s newest Light Rail project on the Gold Coast recorded its 5 millionth passenger in April, reaching Year 2 patronage figures in its first 9 months [...]

Government to spend $375 million on light rail

By 2 June 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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The ACT Government will make a capital contribution of $375 million towards Canberra’s light rail project, Capital Metro, ACT budget papers have revealed.
The budget papers explain that the contribution, which is half of the project’s estimated $750 million cost and mostly funded by the sale of ACTTAB and old government office blocks, will be set aside [...]

Simon Corbell to address North Canberra Community Council

By 15 May 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 19 May 2015 at 8:15 pm; ] Deputy Chief Minister Simon Corbell will address the North Canberra Community Council on Tuesday 19 May 2015. 

Minister Corbell will discuss Canberra’s progress toward sustainability, including renewable energy policies, energy efficiency policies and the Capital Metro project.

The Community Council has asked the Deputy Chief Minister to respond to the following questions:

How does the Government plan to meet [...]

Light rail: Shortlist announced to deliver first stage of Capital Metro

By 18 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Two world-leading consortia have been shortlisted to deliver the first-stage of Canberra’s light rail network, which will deliver more than 3,500 jobs during construction and deliver more than $1 billion in benefits to the ACT economy, Minister for Capital Metro Simon Corbell announced today.
The two consortia, ACTivate and Canberra Metro, contain some of the world’s [...]

Chic Henry and the tram to nowhere?

By 2 March 2015 HEADLINE ARTICLE FEATURED ARTICLE
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I’ve had a couple of long conversations with Summernats’ Chic Henry, who is tossing up whether to run in the 2016 ACT election.
He told me that the Liberals want him to stand but one of the reasons he hasn’t yet committed is his age. If he were fifteen years younger he’d have no hesitation, but [...]

World-leading consortia express interest in Capital Metro project

By 23 December 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The ACT Government will be able to choose from four world-class consortia for the delivery of the first stage of Canberra’s light rail network, Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, announced yesterday.
“Four private sector consortia, consisting of local, national and international companies, have submitted an expression of interest for the first stage of Canberra’s light [...]

Community Council to consider Light rail, Mr Fluffy

By 17 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

[ 19 November 2014 at 7:30 pm; ] Wednesday’s North Canberra Community Council meeting will feature a Capital Metro presentation on light rail, a COTA presentation on elderly persons accommodation and a discussion of the Mr Fluffy buyback scheme. It will also consider ACT electoral boundaries, the proposal to re-zone the area to the east of the Dickson swimming pool, and the proposed [...]

Tramway, Shamway, Light Rail is the Right Rail

By 3 November 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE
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I’m back form my overseas hols and am an even more ardent supporter of light rail than I was before I left.
Being a very parochially Tuggeranonite, I always wanted the Tuggers to Woden route to be the second leg of the rollout. I reckon that Athllon Drive is a made for purpose thoroughfare and that [...]

Capital Metro Business Case released

By 31 October 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The long awaited business case for the light rail line from Civic to Gungahlin has been released. At a media only event at the Gallery of Australian Design, the Chief Minister released the Business Case and the EOI simultaneously. Prospective tenderers have until mid December to prepare their bids.
The Capital Metro project has tremendous [...]

Capital Metro a billion dollar idea going off the rails

By 13 October 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The ACT Government plans to invite expressions of interest from 31 October for a private consortium to build, own and operate a light rail system for a period of 20 years.
The Capital Metro light rail, or tramway, will come into service in 2019 along a 12 km track between Gungahlin and Civic via Dickson. The [...]

Capital Metro endorsed by Cabinet – light rail is a go!

By 15 September 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

I was in the room for the Capital Metro Industry Briefing at the National Convention Centre this morning when Simon Corbell, Capital Metro Agency Minister, announced that the business case for Capital Metro had been endorsed by Cabinet, and the project approved.
Total cost – 783 million dollars.
Construction will begin in 2016 with service [...]

Capital Metro consultation heads to Tuggeranong

By 7 August 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Following on from several highly successful community consultations sessions at Dickson, Gungahlin and Erindale shopping centres, Capital Metro Agency and Environment and Planning staff will be in the Tuggeranong Hyperdome, between Kmart and Coles on the upper level, tomorrow (Friday 8 August) to discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital [...]

Capital Metro consultation heads to Gunghalin

By 19 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Capital Metro Agency staff will be in the Gungahlin Village Shopping Centre, near the Coles supermarket, today (19 July) to further discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, who will be in attendance during the morning, urged Canberrans to visit the team at Gungahlin and to find out [...]

South Canberra company plays an important role in Capital Metro Project

By 14 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

Capital Metro Agency today commenced a program of utility services investigation works by Kambah company Leach Steger that will provide further detail around the location of underground services along the light rail corridor.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, said the works were a critical part of informing the project’s next phase of design, in addition [...]

Capital Metro Consultation Heads to Dickson

By 11 July 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

As a part of the ongoing Capital Metro consultation, agency staff will be at the Dickson Shopping Centre tomorrow (12 July) to discuss the proposed design for light rail in Canberra.
Minister for Capital Metro, Simon Corbell, urged Canberrans to visit Dickson to have their say on how they want light rail to look.
“There will be [...]

Capital Metro design consultation underway

By 1 July 2014

Early designs for the 12 kilometre light rail project from the city to Gungahlin will be available for comment on during the next six weeks as part of community engagement program that started with the opening of a pop-up shop by Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, yesterday.
The Capital Metro pop-up [...]

Capital Metro to boost local industry

By 23 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

A Capital Metro local industry policy released today will pave the way for local businesses and local workers to take advantage of the 3,500 jobs that will be created during construction of the project.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the policy demonstrates the intent of the government to use the momentum [...]

TOOT! TOOT! Even the All Blacks are laughing at the tram

By 11 June 2014

From:
http://i.stuff.co.nz/business/opinion-analysis/10140917/Light-rail-off-Capital-agenda-for-now
“Second, the project is to be funded by a special land levy, charged on those properties that were judged by planners to receive an uplift in value from the installation of light rail. This quickly drew criticism from the Property Council of Australia who labelled it as yet another tax on an already strained sector.
Adding [...]

Capital Metro to support more than 3,500 jobs during construction

By 2 June 2014 HEADLINE ARTICLE

The Capital Metro project will support more than 3,500 jobs during construction and many more into the future according to a report by global firm EY released today.
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, said the jobs created by the light rail project that links Gungahlin and the city will provide an immediate [...]

Capital Metro

By 16 May 2014 FEATURED ARTICLE
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The closer we get to the magical fairytale of light rail in Canberra, the more it appears that the accounting on this big ticket item has come from the Brothers Grimm.
At the start of this week, Treasurer Andrew Barr was up in arms because of the story that the Canberra Times had run suggesting there [...]

EY gets the nod to make Capital Metro’s business case

By 15 January 2014

With the Government having already announced they wanted to build a light rail system it’s sweet to see Simon Corbell announcing the appointment of a firm to make the business case:
Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today that the Agency has appointed global firm EY to develop the final business case [...]

Barr to use PPPs to shovel debt off the balance sheet

By 19 December 2013

Andrew Barr has announced he’s going to use Public Private Partnerships to fund his grand plans:
The Government has released a new procurement framework to help engage the private sector to help deliver major infrastructure projects. These performance driven contracts will help ensure major projects are completed on time and on budget.
PPPs typically include a capital [...]

Coe weeps for the fidelity of the Capital Metro tender process

By 18 December 2013

The Liberals’ Alistair Coe is vigorously waving his rules of order over the tendering processes for Capital Metro:
The Capital Metro light rail agency has awarded more than $600,000 to a consulting company without testing the market according to freedom of information documents, Shadow Minister for Transport Alistair Coe said today.
“In addition to the poor [...]

Toot! Toot! Simon seeking light rail experts

By 11 December 2013

Simon Corbell is having a busy day and is putting out the call for experts to help build Capital Metro:
“The Capital Metro Agency will be seeking experts in transport planning, engineering design and light rail operations to further develop the details of the project so that it can move towards the procurement phase in 2015,” [...]

Barr’s infrastructure build

By 9 December 2013

Andrew Barr is letting us know about his plans to build build build:
Today I released the 2013-14 Update of the ACT Government Infrastructure Plan detailing the continued significant investment being made in a range of major infrastructure developments as we move into our second century.
The Infrastructure Plan Update provides an overview of key infrastructure [...]

TOOT TOOT! Light Rail the Universal Panacea!

By 27 November 2013

Simon Corbell is blowing his own steam whistle on the virtues of his consultation for the planned Capital Metro line between Gungahlin and Civic.
And my golly gosh won’t it fix a load of things:
“Capital Metro is not just about moving people. It is a catalyst for realising the vision of a sustainable, modern and creative [...]

Capital Metro Project Director meets the public

By 14 November 2013

Emma Thomas, the new Project Director for Capital Metro, attended the Gungahlin Community Council meeting on Wednesday 12 November to talk to the public about the project. She handled her introduction to the community on such an important project very competently. She stood up and talked about what she saw as the benefits and challenges [...]

So what does your dad do? He’s senior management at Capital Metro!

By 3 October 2013

It may not have trains, or rails, but Simon Corbell has the happy news that Capital Metro has senior appointments:
Two important project leaders have been appointed to the Capital Metro Project, to drive and direct the development of Canberra’s first light rail line, Minister for the Environment and Sustainable Development, Simon Corbell, announced today.
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