Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Melbourne - Freeway plans show huge impact zone in Royal Park

Freeway plans show huge impact zone in Royal Park: "State Greens MP Greg Barber said the new freeway would not reduce congestion.

"Anyone who thinks this is going to reduce traffic in the inner city is kidding themselves. This is going to turn inner Melbourne into a giant set of on and off-ramps," Mr Barber said.

Yarra City Council Mayor, Jackie Fristacky, said the freeway was a "misuse of public resources" and called for the government to prioritise a railway line to Doncaster.

"It (the planned freeway) is the worst excesses of 1970s planning, where is the consulting with the community?" she said.

Secretary of Protectors of Public Land Victoria, Julianne Bell, said the plans for the freeway were "extremely concerning".

"It is the final nail in the coffin of Royal Park," she said.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/freeway-plans-show-huge-impact-zone-in-royal-park-20130326-2grx8.html#ixzz2Oe28Vd2N"

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Free ticket to ride the bus Tasmania News - The Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania

Free ticket to ride the bus Tasmania News - The Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania: ""Drivers on Thursday will be treating non-paying passengers the same they do any other day, or any other week, or any other month," she said.

"They will say to them 'Just take a seat'."

"We take them from A to B, if they choose to pay that's fantastic, if they don't have the money we won't refuse to take them.""

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

Cut the cost, not the fun | thetelegraph.com.au

Cut the cost, not the fun | thetelegraph.com.au: "For Karen and Michael Knight, of Kellyville Ridge, attending the show is a family tradition. They take advantage of the free public transport and catch a bus to the show with their children. This year they will have Tianna, 7, Noah, 3, and 10-month-old Ashton in tow."

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Friday, March 15, 2013

Car-dependency and subsidy locking us in to #climatechange

City Council opposes State Government's CBD parking tax | adelaidenow: "Mr Paine said higher parking fees would push more people to shop in the suburbs, where parking is free."

Here is why free public transport is a good investment in Australia

So what if the well runs dry?: "A few days into a significant Middle-East or south-eastern Asian conflict, Australian motorists and trucking companies would be immobilised, urban public transport overwhelmed and supplies of life-saving medications would start running out. Within a week, shops would be stripped bare and farmers would be running out of fuel for their tractors and water pumps.

The reason is that about 85 per cent of Australia's transport petroleum now comes from overseas, as either refined or unrefined product. Our dependency on imported refined fuels will rise sharply when two more domestic oil refineries close in the next two years. In a country blessed with more energy choices than almost any other on Earth, transport fuels are our gangrenous Achilles heel."

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Friday, March 1, 2013

Commuters 'deserve fare-free day' | The Australian

Commuters 'deserve fare-free day' | The Australian: "SYDNEY’S commuters have endured so much pain in the last month they deserve a fare-free day, the NSW opposition spokesperson for transport says."

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