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 light rail network or not.
Despite many attempts by the Liberal Party to have a referendum on the subject, the government has chosen to ignore voter sentiments. This is not democracy at work!
It is obvious the introduction of Light Rail is a massive political hot potato that won’t go away.
This is an invitation to you, your family and friends to a meeting next Thursday 27 August 2015.
I propose to run an online poll for the whole of Canberra. We will supplement this with advertising and at least one or two appearances in group centres. We will formalise an association, to reach out to Canberra voters, to facilitate measurable public expression on whether Capital Metro should proceed or not, sooner rather than later.
We need to act now! You should note that the government anticipates being in negotiations with the two tenders from October this year with a contract signature late this year or early next year, but well before the 2016 election.
I also apologise in advance – I wanted to get somewhere more central but that was not available to me next week. I have however been able to get the Calwell Club and I made a booking as follows:
Thurday 27 August 15
Calwell Club Auditorium, Were St.
I hope you are available. We will need many hands on deck to make this thing happen sooner rather than later. I hope you will be able to attend, and ask you to RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Canberra Public Transport Alliance