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

By Damien Haas 15 September 2014 142

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 expected to begin in 2019/20.

EOI’s will be called for on 31 October, when the full business case will also be released.

This is such wonderful news for the future of Canberra.

A full report is at ACT Light Rails website.

http://www.actlightrail.info/2014/09/act-government-endorse-capital-metro.html

Damien Haas
Chair, ACT Light Rail

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dungfungus 10:26 am 27 Oct 14

miz said :

I understand perfectly the difference between fed and local. I am not an eejit.
Nor will I ever forget the closure of schools under either the Libs or Labor. Both were unbelievably short sighted and devastating. In particular, the Lib closures decimated Weston Creek for years (sealing its fate as a place for older persons as there are now fewer schools for growing families looking for a suburb to move into). My own children’s school was under threat by the Labor closures and their incorrect statistics.
I am highly cynical of both sides of ACT politics, given that they both essentially do what they like, pretend to consult, and are beholden to developers instead of ratepayers. It is disgusting and contemptuous of the electorate.
However, you have to understand, Kate Carnell’s government cast a long shadow. She created a user pays nightmare for many people, including me (I was a sole parent in those days – it was a very difficult period and a time I will never forget – my children and I bear significant mental and emotional scars from the Howard/Carnell years, which were horrible, just horrible). This article is a good summary of what people are concerned about.
http://www.crikey.com.au/2002/09/09/the-rare-highs-and-many-lows-of-kate-carnell/
For good or for ill, despite this local crowd clearly having all the hallmarks of being in too long, Labor are generally perceived a being ‘for the people’ whereas Liberal is perceived as being ‘for business’ (i.e. privileging money over the public good – you know, the now-discredited ‘trickle down’ theory which justifies propping up business and not helping anyone else). This is why Labor do not do great when they try to be claytons Liberals.
All I am suggesting is that the local Liberals make it clear they are more interested in being fair to the ACT people and maintaining the public good, rather than being simply about money and private interests. For instance, the light rail proposal is daft on many levels, not simply economics – it is also about being a good steward of what we already have (buses and good roads), being honest and realistic about our capabilities (we are a small town, we are not Sydney/Melbourne, we have low density), and being even handed to all Canberrans (not just a pork barrelling exercise for a small, rather wealthy part of Canberra).
It’s obvious really – if the local Libs were able to make a stand for the public good convincingly, they would garner support from those Canberrans who are willing to be persuaded but have residual concerns about the excesses of Liberal-style (really USA style free market) economics, as evidenced by the feds. Unfortunately for the local LIbs, the feds are proving themselves not only to be terrible for Australia but they are hurting Canberra as if were personal. Remember, Canberrans work for them, and know exactly what they are like. Therefore, the locals should try to distinguish themselves. I am simply giving them a recipe. I have been right about these things before (not that anyone ever listens, but that’s their problem, not mine). It is likely that the business /developer backers they want to woo (for funds) will not be happy with such an approach. I say to that, do they want to be in government, or not?

The story that Crikey relates appears factual but they go overboard on hate.
Carnell has done nothing that her Labor successors haven’t also done. There are several joint ventures between the current Labor/Green minority government and land development companies. The association with developers is putrid as revealed by the Canberra Times yesterday. Labor are more involved with “business” than the Liberals have ever been. Read the article.
Regarding Carnell’s road accident, while she had been drinking there were no charges ensuing.
At least two Labor politicians living in Canberra have been charged with drink driving offences in the past 30 years.
ACT Labor leaders have also ventured into personal, pet projects similar to ones that Carnell initiated and her efforts to get the Bruce Stadium functional for the Sydney Olympic games on the “build it and they will come” principle was probably the worst in terms of wasted money followed closely by the futsal slab which has at least proved multifunctional as a circus stage and a car park.
Of course, the $23 million that Andrew Barr has committed to sponsoring a football team in Sydney is just as crazy but Crikey haven’t written about that, have they?.
We should not forget that Carnell was single-handedly tenacious in getting Federal funding for the duplication of the Federal Highway into Canberra which was a massive achievement that we all now take for granted.
What progress has Labor made in duplicating the Barton Highway in the past 12 years?
Regarding the light rail, of all the opinions put forward so far, Carnell’s was by far the most informed and clearly the best by someone with no vested interest.
I wasn’t aware that she introduced “user pays” to the ACT that specifically punished you and your family but the same principles have been carried on by Labor and I doubt whether any of the current “user pays” services would benefit you to the detriment of others.
I was hoping you would have more information on how ACTEW could be made into a cooperative but I am now seeing it was just another socialist thought bubble.

miz 10:07 pm 26 Oct 14

I understand perfectly the difference between fed and local. I am not an eejit.
Nor will I ever forget the closure of schools under either the Libs or Labor. Both were unbelievably short sighted and devastating. In particular, the Lib closures decimated Weston Creek for years (sealing its fate as a place for older persons as there are now fewer schools for growing families looking for a suburb to move into). My own children’s school was under threat by the Labor closures and their incorrect statistics.
I am highly cynical of both sides of ACT politics, given that they both essentially do what they like, pretend to consult, and are beholden to developers instead of ratepayers. It is disgusting and contemptuous of the electorate.
However, you have to understand, Kate Carnell’s government cast a long shadow. She created a user pays nightmare for many people, including me (I was a sole parent in those days – it was a very difficult period and a time I will never forget – my children and I bear significant mental and emotional scars from the Howard/Carnell years, which were horrible, just horrible). This article is a good summary of what people are concerned about.
http://www.crikey.com.au/2002/09/09/the-rare-highs-and-many-lows-of-kate-carnell/
For good or for ill, despite this local crowd clearly having all the hallmarks of being in too long, Labor are generally perceived a being ‘for the people’ whereas Liberal is perceived as being ‘for business’ (i.e. privileging money over the public good – you know, the now-discredited ‘trickle down’ theory which justifies propping up business and not helping anyone else). This is why Labor do not do great when they try to be claytons Liberals.
All I am suggesting is that the local Liberals make it clear they are more interested in being fair to the ACT people and maintaining the public good, rather than being simply about money and private interests. For instance, the light rail proposal is daft on many levels, not simply economics – it is also about being a good steward of what we already have (buses and good roads), being honest and realistic about our capabilities (we are a small town, we are not Sydney/Melbourne, we have low density), and being even handed to all Canberrans (not just a pork barrelling exercise for a small, rather wealthy part of Canberra).
It’s obvious really – if the local Libs were able to make a stand for the public good convincingly, they would garner support from those Canberrans who are willing to be persuaded but have residual concerns about the excesses of Liberal-style (really USA style free market) economics, as evidenced by the feds. Unfortunately for the local LIbs, the feds are proving themselves not only to be terrible for Australia but they are hurting Canberra as if were personal. Remember, Canberrans work for them, and know exactly what they are like. Therefore, the locals should try to distinguish themselves. I am simply giving them a recipe. I have been right about these things before (not that anyone ever listens, but that’s their problem, not mine). It is likely that the business /developer backers they want to woo (for funds) will not be happy with such an approach. I say to that, do they want to be in government, or not?

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