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Taxi rank renovations just part of the solution - Greens

The Australian Greens have called for a comprehensive reform of Perth's transport infrastructure to help solve security and congestion problems.

WA Senator Scott Ludlam and member for WA's East Metropolitan region Alison Xamon said the State Government's planned $2million taxi rank renovation would not solve the city's late-night transport problems on its own, and backed the recent call from WA Nightclubs' Association president Simon Barwood for more frequent night trains.

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Perth light rail on the horizon at last

 

Australian Greens Senator Scott Ludlam has welcomed Premier Colin Barnett's announcement to the Chamber of Commerce yesterday that electrified light rail should be built in Perth within the next decade.

 

Senator Ludlam, who has been campaigning for light rail to enhance and complement Perth's existing public transport system for more than three years, hopes Mr Barnett will now put his Infrastructure Australia submission where his mouth is.

 

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Container deposits: the solution to Donna Faragher’s woes

The WA Government’s land fill levy dilemma could be solved by introducing container deposit legislation, Australian Greens’ Sustainable Cities Spokesperson Scott Ludlam says.
“CDL involves placing a small returnable deposit, of say, 10 cents, on containers, thus providing an incentive to customers to return the items to a recycling station,” Senator Ludlam said.

“South Australia has been doing this for years and I have introduced a Bill to do this nationally.

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Report hits home for car-reliant Perth

A report launched today by the Australian Conservation Foundation and an alliance of unions, local government, health and environmental groups calling for greater investment in public transport is especially relevant to Perth, Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam says.
‘Investing in Sustainable Transport: Our Clean Green Transport Future’, by the ACF and the Rapid, Active and Affordable Transport Alliance, calls for two-thirds of Australia’s transport budget to be spent on public transport and one-third on roads.

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Help Perth’s 30 high-risk suburbs: Greens

A new study identifying Perth suburbs most exposed to unemployment underscores the need for Government to create green new jobs in building public transport infrastructure, the Australian Greens say.

“Thirty suburbs, mostly in middle to outer Perth, have been identified by the University of Newcastle study as at high risk of major job loss in the recession,” Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

“These the areas where a high number of people rely on work in industries such as manufacturing, construction, retail and hospitality.

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Greens announce Light Rail Initiative to future-proof Perth’s suburbs

Senator Scott Ludlam has challenged the next State Government to construct a light rail system linking Perth's metropolitan suburbs to meet affordable transport needs and address climate change.

"The value of good public transport services is evident in the changing land values along the new rail line. The Greens want to ensure people living in the suburbs are well served and protected from petrol price shocks by expanding public transport options for everyone, not just the wealthy inner suburbs," Senator Ludlam said.

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National Transport Crisis: PM and Premiers must act on mass transit

Australian Greens climate change spokesperson, Senator Christine Milne, today called on Prime Minister Rudd to commence an urgent COAG process to bring on fast mass transit alternatives for Australian commuters and relieve the mounting pressure on household budgets.

Senator Milne said "Australians stuck in traffic today and stretching household budgets to pay for petrol are sick and tired of the nonsense non-solutions being promoted by both the old parties.

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