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.
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“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.