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

By aussie2 24 August 2015 228

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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.
7-9 pm.

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 dabblers2@hotmail.com.

Cheers,

Russ Morison
Chair
Canberra Public Transport Alliance
0262927567
0408947935

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Solidarity 1:50 pm 21 Sep 15

How many cycle highways would a billion dollars build?

Would be a better option than a stupid train on so many levels.

rubaiyat 9:38 am 21 Sep 15

Masquara said :

According to ABC News today, the ACT Government can’t afford to double up 1.7 km of the Cotter Road because of “funding difficulties” – yet they are committing us to the massive cost of light rail …

The previous paltry 800m double up cost a massive $11 million dollars, to just move the problem along to this next section, costing double the previous section.

The never ending outer suburbia that is destroying the Bush Capital, and gold plated roads are only dumping ever more cars into the existing inner roads and inner city car parking, which are already straining at their limits.

So it will be more badly spent money on cars and roads, that will require a bottomless pit to end up at the same predictable outcome that freeways always produce: ever more gridlock and pollution.

The massive amounts of money that all these roads cost is nothing compared to the over $11,000 a year it takes to keep the average driver sitting all alone fuming in their 2 tonne tank in traffic.

switch 9:02 am 21 Sep 15

rosscoact said :

500 signed the petition? Not exactly representative of the people. I reckon I could get 500 people to sign a petition banning Martians from landing in Canberra.

Where do I sign?

Masquara 8:21 am 21 Sep 15

According to ABC News today, the ACT Government can’t afford to double up 1.7 km of the Cotter Road because of “funding difficulties” – yet they are committing us to the massive cost of light rail …

wildturkeycanoe 6:54 am 21 Sep 15

I wonder how many refugees we could assist with the tram money? It isn’t a huge sacrifice to give up our time parked in grid-lock knowing that people in need have a roof over their heads and food on the table, is it? But of course the tram lovers wouldn’t put humanity before [chuckles] “progress”.

rosscoact 10:57 am 20 Sep 15

aussie2 said :

Some Canberrans have a gambling problem, and they don’t know it yet! They are prepared to gamble $24Billion on a “toy train” at the expense of many essential services, and to make matters worse, pay it off on the credit card forever (30 years).

Let me ask-what would you exchange in public funding and infrastructure to get this thing established? Police, Health, education, community, roads, Aged care, blue green algae, existing public transport, refugees and housing, homelessness-the list goes on.

OK, so you think the figure is fictitious? Expert analysis proves the figure is right-see canthetram.org for details. Everywhere I go, people tell me it is only about 12km of track. You also read about the Master Plan with 120km of track across Canberra, right! But for 12km of track, at a cost of $2Billion-the original figure they showed you did not include interest payments!.

We love our kids so much we are prepared to saddle them with the debt down the track This debt thing is Mr Corbells idea. What sort of people would do that? Not the intelligent residents of Canberra surely? There is no Mandate because we voted equally for 8 seats Liberal 8 seats Labor, and Labor said they would only spend $30m to set up the project office.

Everywhere I go, people tell me they hate the tram. You wouldn’t know it. There are two “anti tram” petitions on Change.org and collectively about 500 residents have voted. Are you a covert tram lover? What should be our public spending priorities now? No mandate, no tram!

Canberra Public Transport Alliance

500 signed the petition? Not exactly representative of the people. I reckon I could get 500 people to sign a petition banning Martians from landing in Canberra.

Come back when you have 15,000 signatures.

Masquara 10:51 am 20 Sep 15

aussie2 said :

No mandate, no tram!

Couldn’t agree more.

aussie2 8:22 am 20 Sep 15

Some Canberrans have a gambling problem, and they don’t know it yet! They are prepared to gamble $24Billion on a “toy train” at the expense of many essential services, and to make matters worse, pay it off on the credit card forever (30 years).

Let me ask-what would you exchange in public funding and infrastructure to get this thing established? Police, Health, education, community, roads, Aged care, blue green algae, existing public transport, refugees and housing, homelessness-the list goes on.

OK, so you think the figure is fictitious? Expert analysis proves the figure is right-see canthetram.org for details. Everywhere I go, people tell me it is only about 12km of track. You also read about the Master Plan with 120km of track across Canberra, right! But for 12km of track, at a cost of $2Billion-the original figure they showed you did not include interest payments!.

We love our kids so much we are prepared to saddle them with the debt down the track This debt thing is Mr Corbells idea. What sort of people would do that? Not the intelligent residents of Canberra surely? There is no Mandate because we voted equally for 8 seats Liberal 8 seats Labor, and Labor said they would only spend $30m to set up the project office.

Everywhere I go, people tell me they hate the tram. You wouldn’t know it. There are two “anti tram” petitions on Change.org and collectively about 500 residents have voted. Are you a covert tram lover? What should be our public spending priorities now? No mandate, no tram!

Canberra Public Transport Alliance

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