As the IMF predicts oil prices will double over the next decade, the State Government's slow-moving approach to light rail and public transport investment will leave West Australians acutely vulnerable to rising fuel costs, the Greens (WA) warned today.
Greens national transport spokesperson Senator Scott Ludlam said the Federal Government had allocated four million dollars to WA for light rail despite the Barnett Government apparently neglecting to include the project on its list of priorities for federal funding.
"The Greens have campaigned for five years to bring light rail to Perth, and we welcomed Premier Barnett's announcement in November 2010 that Perth could have light rail within a decade. 18 months later it's a story of delay and compromise, with the refusal to commit funding or complete the line to Curtin University and to the University of Western Australia. On paper at least, the Government seems intent on reducing the ‘knowledge arc' to a brief intermission between bus rides."