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Christine Milne wins Honourable Mention in Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Senator Christine Milne, has been awarded an Honourable Mention in the Australian Bicycling Achievement Awards in the Award for Contribution towards Cycling by a Politician.

The award recognises Senator Milne and the Greens' success in negotiating the $40 million National Bike Paths Fund during negotiations for the federal stimulus package - the largest ever direct federal investment in cycling.

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Senator Milne calls for Tas road safety measures from budget

Australian Greens Deputy Leader, Christine Milne is calling on the Federal government to allocate funding for Tasmanian road safety measures from today's budget.

"Despite 2009 being a shocking year on our roads with 64 needless deaths, the Federal government in their last budget gave not a single cent for improving safety on our roads. That's nothing at all from a $22 billion infrastructure package.

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Brown calls for Parliament House walk

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown has called for a direct, uninterrupted walkway and bikeway from Canberra's Civic city centre to Parliament House.

Parliamentary authorities have said they will look at the proposal.

Describing pedestrian access from Civic to Parliament House as an ‘imbroglio' and ‘a mess,' Senator Brown told a Senate estimates committee this morning that visitors saw Parliament House as the iconic building of the nation's capital and the pivot of democracy, and wanted to visit it.

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Greens welcome City of Perth vision

The Greens have congratulated the City of Perth for its far-sighted vision for the city, with its emphasis on light rail, pedestrians and public open space – but they warn that the State Government has so far failed to match actions with rhetoric on light rail.

“I was pleased to hear the WA Planning Minister today say he supported light rail in principle – but I was also extremely puzzled, given so far this Government has been siphoning money away from the expansion of public transport and into roads,” WA Greens Transport Spokesperson, Alison Xamon MLC, said.

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Congestion tax acceptable only if public transport improved: Greens

The Greens would only agree to a tax being imposed on motorists to reduce congestion in Perth and other Australian cities if public transport, cycling and walking facilities are dramatically improved.

“On present trends, the cost of urban traffic congestion based on extra travel time and resource use is projected to double by 2020,” Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

“As our recent Pubic Transport Senate Inquiry concluded, congestion charging can help reduce these costs by discouraging motorists from travelling at the most congested times and places.

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Greens win sustainable local jobs for ACT

The Australian Greens are pleased that their negotiating skills in the Federal Senate secured funding for eight ACT heritage sites, including three historic huts at Namadgi National Park and the telescope dome on Mt Stromlo.  Both were damaged in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. 

The heritage funding is part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund and is set to generate 66 jobs in the ACT.

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