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ACT Government now considers Light Rail a priority

By ACT Light Rail 10 July 2008 47

ACT Light Rail logoIn a media release from the Chief Minister today:

Stanhope lists light rail as ACT priority for Commonwealth infrastructure funding

“The ACT Government has listed a light rail system for the ACT as one of the major infrastructure projects it believes worthy of consideration for Commonwealth funding under the $20 billion Building Australia Fund.

In response to a request from the Rudd Federal Government for suggested major infrastructure projects, the ACT Government has proposed a light rail system linking Civic to the Airport, Parliamentary Triangle and major town centres — a project that could cost around $1 billion to achieve.”

Damien Haas, Convener of the ACT Light Rail group spoke briefly to the Chief Minister this afternoon at the Legislative Assembly and reiterated that ACT Light Rail would like to see more detail than a simple press release. Regardless it appears that the consistent lobbying by ACT Light Rail is now starting to pay dividends.

There is no point in the Government putting the cart before the horse and just saying that a light rail network will be built – if the government has good quality information it can make informed decisions.

ACT Light Rail still contends that next step forward is a unbiased feasibility study which must include a proper cost benefit analysis. (i.e. showing government revenue increases complemented by associated cost decreases – e.g.: additional rates collected through increased population densities along light rail corridors, vs. reduced outlay on new road construction).

 Finally ACT Light Rail will be holding a major debate regarding light rail in September (date and venue to be determined). We are looking for speakers who will be prepared to speak for and against Light Rail… we are sure that RiotACT would be fertile ground to solicit speakers both for an against.

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Mælinar 11:42 pm 12 Jul 08

Tonight I was contacted by an orgnisation that was keen on a market appraisal of if a ‘snap election’ was held.

Hi Zed, I’m still voting independent until you get your s4it together. Foreward sorry to Troy, I was not allowed to pass my vote to you, the telephone monkey said it was 50/50, either Sonic or Z.

BerraBoy68 1:31 pm 12 Jul 08

Thumper said :

I’d like to see an election promises thread so we can keep tabs on all parties in the run up to the election.

TOP IDEA Thumper!

Pandy 9:17 am 12 Jul 08

Yes an election issue. How?

Just a promise that Stanhope will write to the Feds about seeking $1 billion. It is not like Stanhope is saying he will spend our $1 billion as the electorate will see through that in a shot.

Oh I see you are now arguing that the ACT Government should pay for the infrastructure.

The revenue from increased land sales/ stamp duty (pushing the cost of housing up once again making it less affordable) along isolated pockets of the route will only be realised in the far future.

In the mean-time the residents of Amaroo, Dunlop, Lanyoun will have to put up with infrequent, overcrowed buses because the ACT Govermnet has no vision in spending money in substantially improvong the bus service.

Light Rail is a rich mans dream.

heinous 9:05 am 12 Jul 08

Anyone who has spent any time in Europe will know that Light Rail is the future.

Gungahlin Al 10:56 pm 11 Jul 08

Pandy: good, keep it up. I believe that light rail can be made into the pivotal election issue. On Mr Stanhope’s oft-quoted $1B figure, please re-read post #39. The total budgetary equation is what matters.

bigred 8:39 pm 11 Jul 08

tom-tom you are an absolute goose. Light rail should have happened before Gungahlin was built but wasn’t. It won’t be built now because the vested interests don’t want it to happen. Stanhope has made his announcement to convince the toy train boys that he might be worth another vote.

And there is no point running around Civic chanting anyone stole my ideas – no pollie in this town has had an original thought since at least 1989! As an aside, have you heard about the Deakin telephone exchange?

Pandy 6:59 pm 11 Jul 08

noodle: That car park is becasue the Govco sold the carparks.

Maeliner: ACT Light Rail=bonfire

Gungahlin AL: I was pushing for light rail to Molonglo 4 years ago. Oh who pays the 1 billion and who gets the renvenue from increased land sales?

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