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Work begins on a sustainable transport plan

By johnboy 24 July 2009 22

One might think that with all of Canberra’s plans and strategies we’d have already dialled in sustainable transport.

But this very morning the Chiefly Stanhope has announced that he’s kicking of the process to develop at “new comprehensive sustainable transport plan”.

Having successfully defused the vexed issue of kangaroo culling the ACT Commissioner for Sustainability and the Environment, Dr Maxine Cooper, is going to guide this process to replace the 2004 Sustainable Transport Plan.

From the media release here’s the difference from last time around:

    For the first time the plan will aim to integrate investments in transport infrastructure and services with land-use planning, to deliver more sustainable transport options closer to home for more Canberrans.

    “Strategies relating to transport infrastructure, parking, cycling, walking and public transport will be combined into one comprehensive plan to help the ACT meet its legislated sustainable transport targets.

They’re starting it off on monday with a roundtable including bodies from the ACT Council of Social Services, Australian National University, Canberra Taxi Industry Association, CIT, Heart Foundation ACT, National Capital Authority, NRMA, Pedestrian Council Forum, Planning Institute of Australia, Property Council of Australia, Queanbeyan City Council, Transport Workers Union and University of Canberra.

But fear not, “an extensive community consultation process” is promised.

UPDATED: Zed Seselja is unkindly pointing out that starting the process again now is something of an admission of failure with past efforts.

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youami 5:27 pm 07 Aug 09

damien haas said :

ACT Light Rail were not invited, but one of our members did attend as they work for one of the bodies invited.

Their comments are as follows:

1.

The entire workshop was heavily stage-managed with virtually no scope for open discussion between participants except at the tables where attendees were seated ie about 6 per table.
2.

There was no opportunity to question the representative of the consulting firm who was engaged to prepare the report.
3.

We were all asked to do 2 things at each table – nominate the positives and negatives of the current bus system & nominate the 3 most critical issues. That was the extent of the consultation and the effort to solicit views from the audience. We had only about 10 minutes to reach agreement on nominating the 3 most significant issues to address in the Action Plan- quite ridiculous.

In summary as far as a consultation process with the stakeholder groups involved, it was a sham. There would have been many good ideas to be aired from the wide variety of people there but there was no opportunity to share views with anyone sitting at other tables. There also was no opportunity for representatives of each table to report back to the workshop as a whole in a meaningful way.

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regards

Damien Haas

Chair, ACT Light Rail

It is a shame Light Rail hasn’t been considered simply because funding wasn’t granted by the Commonwealth. What an opportunity for Stanhope to inject the ACT enconomy with a stimulus package and go into more debt! Seriously, they could have at least considered money to develop feasibility studies (real ones) and also setting aside transport corridors for a system in the future.

Damien, what are the stats re: population size of Canberra and transport options when compared to other similar sized cities of the world? Interesting to see how backward we are. I know we are considerably one of the highest users of private vehicles in the world –over and above most USA cities.

I could also argue and rant that Light Rail (well actually trams but still close) was part of the Griffin plan and I know for a fact Parkes Way was not. Of course I think the Plan as idealistic rubbish anyway but it seems a lot of Territorians seem to put that card on the table and reference it. So let’s consider the Plan’s merits. After all, it is only reason why Northbourne Ave is so wide!

damien haas 4:41 pm 07 Aug 09

ACT Light Rail were not invited, but one of our members did attend as they work for one of the bodies invited.

Their comments are as follows:

1. The entire workshop was heavily stage-managed with virtually no scope for open discussion between participants except at the tables where attendees were seated ie about 6 per table.
2. There was no opportunity to question the representative of the consulting firm who was engaged to prepare the report.
3. We were all asked to do 2 things at each table – nominate the positives and negatives of the current bus system & nominate the 3 most critical issues. That was the extent of the consultation and the effort to solicit views from the audience. We had only about 10 minutes to reach agreement on nominating the 3 most significant issues to address in the Action Plan- quite ridiculous.

In summary as far as a consultation process with the stakeholder groups involved, it was a sham. There would have been many good ideas to be aired from the wide variety of people there but there was no opportunity to share views with anyone sitting at other tables. There also was no opportunity for representatives of each table to report back to the workshop as a whole in a meaningful way.

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regards

Damien Haas

Chair, ACT Light Rail

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