public transport

Car tunnels and air quality

Car tunnel users and residents living in suburbs surrounding tunnel exhaust stacks can expect greater exposure to fine particle and air toxic pollution once the Clem Jones (North South Bypass) Tunnel comes online in Brisbane. Tunnel users need to hold their breath and wind up their windows as they pay $4 to drive through the Clem Jones “Gas Chamber”. And don’t expect it to be a quick ride in and out of the tunnel. Sydney commuters sit in stop start traffic in car tunnels everyday. Tunnels are just another four lane road, and like any other road they clog up with traffic. The impact statements for the Brisbane tunnels also show that there will be greater congestion on arterial roads leading to the car tunnels, which will create even more air pollution. It’s almost impossible to have a cigarette in a pub now, due to the dangers of passive smoking, but the exhaust chimneys emitting fumes from the tunnel will be like giant smoking cigarettes in our suburbs. The solution is not even more roads, but to build a public transport system for Brisbane that offers people an effective alternative to the car.

Dr Leigh Glover to speak on Sustainable Transport for Melbourne


Julianne Bell, Leading democracy with Royal Park Protection Group & Protectors of Public Land, Victoria

Royal Park Protection Group - the first of many groups standing between you and a total wipe-out of democracy - is having its AGM. Stand up for democracy; be there at the AGM:

Royal Park Protection Group AGM Wednesday 3 December 2008

Time: 6:45 pm for a 7 pm start. Date: Wednesday 3 December 2008

Key Speaker:
Dr. Leigh Glover

Assistant Director of the Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport (GAMUT) at the University of Melbourne on

“Sustainable Transport for Melbourne.”

Venue: Upstairs Meeting Room, North Melbourne Library, 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne. (Near corner of Errol and Queensberry Streets.) Parking available in surrounding streets. Tram up Elizabeth St.

Why Attend: RPPG is one of the few organisations standing in the way of Royal Park being bulldozed and homes in West Parkville being compulsorily acquired. Once RPPG folds, organised resistance will disappear. So spare a few hours to make the evening a success!

Should Brisbane aim to be like Vancouver? - the naked truth about a world class city

In the televised debate amongst three of Brisbane's Lord Mayoral candidates Greg Rowell, and Campbell Newman, on Thursday 6 March Newman stated his wish that Brisbane eventually be like Vancouver on Canada's West coast. Vancouver also has a reputation amongst public transport advocates of being a highly livable city. How deserved is that reputation? (Also at )

In a letter to a friend, , an expatriate of Vancouver, who now lives in a more laid-back rural community on Quadra Island to the north west of Vancouver relates his experiences of a past visit back to Vancouver.

The naked truth about a world class city: Letter to a friend

Brishen, re. Vancouver, 17 February 2007

Cate Molloy pledges to bring "tindo" - the world's first solar bus to the sunshine coast

Media Release: 5 March 2008

Cate Molloy, Division 9 Candidate for the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, today pledged that if elected she would urge, if not demand, that the new Sunshine Coast Super Council adopt Adelaide City Council's new TINDO (Kaurna Aboriginal name for sun) totally solar powered electronic bus system.

"Adelaide City Council's electronic solar bus system is a world first. It is an exciting and fabulous transport system that the Sunshine Coast must adopt," said Ms Molloy.

"The TINDO system will be used everyday by the people of Adelaide through the Adelaide City Council's free Adelaide Connector Bus service," she said.

"We must do the same here. The TINDO is a purely solar powered electronic bus which is totally environmental friendly ," she said.

"It is financially competitive - but most importantly it is totally clean and silent with a performance in power to match diesel engines," she said.

"The Sunshine Coast must adopt Adelaide's forward thinking," said Cate Molloy.

"We must overhaul our transport system and make bus transport available to all while getting rid of carbon emissions," said Cate.

"The Sunshine Coast Council in alliance with the Australian Government could easily afford to replicate Adelaide's solar PV system," she said.

"It's just up to us to show the vision and determination to make it happen," said Cate Molloy.

"And I pledge that if elected, I will make it happen," said Cate.

Enquiries:
Cate Molloy,
Peregian Beach, Queensland
07 54483248
0408729499
0407114729
cate.molloy|AT|gmail.com