Saturday, April 11, 2009

Chris Loader
Bus Association of Victoria
  • 'behaviour change can happen now!'
  • 'road dieting'
  • increasing fuel efficiency in vehicles doesn't deal with congestion
  • increase fuel efficiency and people drive more
  • transport is not about cars, trains. Its about mobility and accessibility
  • increase car occupancy
  • 2 kms is highly walkable

Sustainable Living Festival


Post summer observations from Life Saving Victoria

Nigel Taylor
CEO Life Saving Victoria
  • all beaches have experienced a rise in visitation
  • increased use of facilities
  • increased drownings - 'there are so many ways to drown' - people seldom drown in the same circumstances. Makes it hard to have a 'one size fits all' response
  • water activity is up around the Bay
Life Saving Victoria
Peter Durkin
  • natural buffers are the most cost effective
[see 15.08 of the SPFF and practice note on location and design]
  • transport disadvantage/forced car ownership (VCOSS)
  • affordable living rather than affordable housing
  • walking - largely the domain of councils
  • liveability the measure rather than the project

Arguments for lowering speeds in local streets

John Whitelegg
Safe Speed Forum
  • quality of life is savaged by excessive speed
  • speed increases trip length. 'If you can go faster, you go further'
  • 40% of trips taken by car are less than 2 km
  • Portsmouth, UK, has adopted a 30 kph speed limit
  • lower speeds mean there is no need for expensive engineering solutions in local streets
  • its wrong to go 'bitty bitty' - a whole system of consistently lowered speed limits is required
  • 'its unethical to compromise safety for other benefits'
  • In Sweden the desired urban character has been defined as providing accessibility, security, safety and environment
  • each death costs the state $1m

Friday, April 10, 2009

The process by which people collectively deal with issues using whole of government as instrument.

Peter Johnstone

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Michael Haines
Westgate Ports
Metropolitan Transport Forum
  • advocate for inland ports at Altona and Lyndhurst
  • we have moved from manufacturing to trade
  • the population is growing
  • shopping patterns have changed especially with the use of the internet
  • objective should be lower emissions per ton for more freight vehicles
  • fuel costs are going up
He listed the impediments to rail as being
  • freight needs to be moved in batches
  • the broad and the standard guage question
  • conflict with passenger services
  • level crossings
  • fixed windows during which rail can run
  • 19th century signalling
  • limited access and delivery points
  • need a high volume to justify
He argued for developing hubs next to freeway and rail
  • freight movement from 10 pm to 5 am @ 80 kph on dedicated lanes with no braking or gear change noise
  • that freight corridors were more important than the technology viz truck or train
Liz Boulton
Metropolitan Transport Forum
  • The targets for freight on rail have been abandoned following the Eddington report
  • container growth through the PoMC is projected to rise from 2m TEU in 2008 to 8m in 2035
  • the objective should be to move more tonnage with less emissions
  • in Europe planning is being done for pre 2030 and post 2030.
  • we should aim for the 'last mile' of freight to always be via clean vehicles. Consumption behaviour, including shopping via the internet, has increased the number of small delivery vehicles on the road. The highest cost is in the last mile
Land Use Planning
Michael Buxton, Bill Russell
  • strategic planning is about managing a future and adopting actions to achieve it
  • POLICY is a position statement to achieve consistency by applying generic principles or responses to all particular instances over time
  • increase the number of lots per hectare (currently 11 lots per hectare) the Michael Buxton mantra
  • in Casey, 85% of people leave the suburb each day for work
  • move from affordable housing to affordable living


'Wither the weather' - planning in a time of climate change

notes taken from an address by
Nick Dimopoulos (National Transport Commission
Planning for environmentally sustainable transport
  • agriculture is moving north
  • 2 degrees of warming will result in 17% more cost on roads
  • oil supply is going down whereas oil demand is going up
  • Transport is responsible for 14% emissions
  • Transport is the fastest growing sector for emissions
  • The NTC supports the inclusion of transport in an ETS
  • Pubic transport currently makes up for 9% of all trips
  • the integration of all urban transportation needs to be optimised
  • Australia is the only OECD country without a National People Moving Strategy
  • More interventionist land use planning is going to be necessary in the future
  • With developments of 5 storeys, over 600,000 people could be accommodated along Melbourne's tram routes - we've got to work smarter with what we've got
  • Road pricing is preferable, though politically sensitive, to building new infrastructure
at IPAA 9/04/2009