ACT Light Rail 2008 ACT Election “Meet the Candidates” Event this Tuesday night.

ACT Light Rail 28 September 2008 14

The ACT Light Rail Coalition are holding a 2008 ACT Election “Meet the Candidates” Event on Tuesday 30th September 2008, 19:30 at Havelock House, 85 Northbourne Avenue, Turner ACT 2612

Come and hear what the election candidates and political parties have to say about Light Rail. Find out how they will work to make Light Rail a reality for the ACT & Capital Region if they are elected to ACT Legislative Assembly.

The meeting will commence at 7.30 PM with a welcome from the ACT Light Rail Convener, followed by a short
presentation which outlining the vision for an ACT light rail network that provides a public transport backbone linking population centres, town centres, areas of significant employment and park-and-ride facilities.

Following this, there will be 10 minutes for each of the political parties (currently represented in the ACT Legislative Assembly) to speak on behalf of their party. These parties being – Labor; Liberal; Greens and The Canberra Party. 5 minutes for each additional political party currently running multiple candidates in the ACT election.

There will also be an opportunity for independent candidates to address the topic of public transport in general; and light rail in particular.

Following the politicians, people will be able to ask them questions.

The meeting will be closed by the ACT Light Rail Convener at 10:00pm sharp.

Further details can be found at:

I hope to see many citizens there.

Damien Haas


ACT Light Rail

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14 Responses to ACT Light Rail 2008 ACT Election “Meet the Candidates” Event this Tuesday night.
Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 7:30 am 03 Oct 08

Video of the event now available on the ACT Light Rail web site.

Granny Granny 7:06 pm 29 Sep 08

ACT Light Rail, I’ve had a meeting rescheduled to tomorrow unfortunately, but best of luck for a successful evening.

ACT Light Rail ACT Light Rail 7:00 pm 29 Sep 08

Pandy – we have consistently lobbied for light rail to be grade separated from the outset. The difference between trams and light rail can be viewed simply as: trams = onroad running shared with cars, light rail = grade seperated travel.

As for stopping every 400-800m, i havent seen that article you refer to. Along Northbourne or in other dense areas that may make sense, but to link population, employment, education and town centres efficiently ideally you would want as few stops as possible between the hubs.

I think Damien Heffernan has hit the nail on the head. The decision to build light rail in the ACT is effectively a political decision. Once it has been taken, finding the funding is an administrative exercise. Im hoping the current ACT government interest in light rail as a sustainable public transport initiative survives the current electoral cycle.

ant ant 12:18 am 29 Sep 08

Jonathon Reynolds said :

The AMP are vocally anti-light rail, they were sent an invitation to the event.
As far as I am aware they do not even have the courtesy to advise that they weren’t attending.

They’ll be too busy, dreaming of their new dragway.

I was at a beer garden today, and someone began revving their engine outside, the tone was exactly the same as I remember emanating from the old dragway. It wasn’t nearly as loud though. The entire place stopped, and looked, and began exclaiming (what the hell is that why don’t they stop it what an awful noise etc etc). But it wasn’t as loud because you could still hear people talking.

Pandy Pandy 11:38 pm 28 Sep 08

But Jonathon, you are a true blue tram supporter. The bullshit that your mob sprouts that light rail is not trams is hard to swallow, especially when I read the Forum B7 article in the Grimes from last weekend. Anything that stops every 400-800m is a tram. Anything that that stops at the town centres only is light rail.

Walter Burley Griffin designed old Canberra for electric cars, ie trams 9he never even used the word trams in his plans). He never knew of light rail. Major centres like Canberra and Arsenal Town (Tuggeranong) were to be linked via steam trains.

@damienhefferan Brisbane got a light rail? Errr when? Billions? How is this to be paid for? Increased rates? Molonglo being built with sub-standard/cost-cutting roads that garbo trucks dont go up ala Gungahlin?

If you ask me, the political party that has the balls to build light rail to Molonglo gets my vote. If yhry build it to Watson and/or Gungahlin then they will be voted last. Why? Because they already have had a good poke in the apple pie.

Granny Granny 4:25 pm 28 Sep 08

I am sure the other Jon does love me a whole lot … *guffaw* … but I think you do know I was referring to you Jonathon!!

If there is somewhere open at that time of night, like the Pancake Parlour perhaps, we could always get a hot chocolate or swiss malt or even a boring old coffee afterwards; but it will be late so I understand if you just want to get home instead.

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 4:12 pm 28 Sep 08


Granny said :

Are you going along, Jon?

Yes if you mean me – it is another story that needs to be covered for
I don’t know if you are actually referring to the other Jon – the Chief Minister.


damianheffernan said :

Would have gone if I was still standing.

Come along and stick it to the candidates/parties… just because you are not standing doesn’t mean that you should bow out completely from the political process (you obviously have an opinion like so many others should be heard). I decided not to run this time round but that doesn’t stop me from still being involved and effectively throwing stones from the sidelines.

damianheffernan damianheffernan 2:47 pm 28 Sep 08

Would have gone if I was still standing. My 2.0cents: We need a strong leader (in power) who simply rules on it and builds the first Light Rail links. If you ask then you’ll probably never get it up. Studies can be made to show whatever you want: I can show a study which shows it will cost a billion dollars, or one where it costs 25 million. Sydney got a light rail, Brisbane got a light rail, do we see the people of either City consulted endlessly before they just spend the cash and do it? I’m not anti consultation here it’s just with a major infrastructure expenditure like this you just need to do it. And then pay it off over 80 years. There’s so many ways to fund it it’s not funny. Do you think the Harbour Bridge would have been built in a depression if they had asked the public!? There were 1000+ home owners there who had their houses resumed for no compensation who certainly would have been up in arms not to mention the rest of NSW who were funding it with their taxes and who wouldn’t get any benefit unless they went to Sydney. That money could have been spent on lots of things for their small towns.
But it wasn’t: it built a Bridge, a worl icon and something people can’t imagine Sydney without. Suck it up Stanhope, build the rail link to Gungahlin, fix the public transport issues there and receive the praise for a job well done.

Granny Granny 12:42 pm 28 Sep 08

Are you going along, Jon?

Jonathon Reynolds Jonathon Reynolds 12:38 pm 28 Sep 08

The AMP are vocally anti-light rail, they were sent an invitation to the event.
As far as I am aware they do not even have the courtesy to advise that they weren’t attending.

Granny Granny 12:24 pm 28 Sep 08

Besides, it’s bound to add some local colour and interest ….

; )

johnboy johnboy 12:16 pm 28 Sep 08

Well nothing’s stopping you going along and saying it yourself.

Let us know how you get on.

Smackbang Smackbang 12:09 pm 28 Sep 08

So are candidates only welcome if they are pro-light rail? Because I’d love to see someone stand up there and say light rail for the ACT is a folly, and to refuse to commit public funds to the dreams of some kidults who never got over playing with their train sets. That would get my vote.

Granny Granny 11:32 am 28 Sep 08

I actually think I need to get myself informed about this issue, because I really don’t have a clue quite frankly!

Gungahlin Al and Jonathon Reynolds seem to know all about it, which does make me feel like a bit of a bimbo. Can I be edumacated? We will find out!

I have put it in my diary, and do hope to be there.

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