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High Speed Rail advocacy from Moreland Council over aviation emissions growth

High speed rail in Taiwan Via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

High speed rail is being placed back on the political agenda by Moreland Council arising from the problem of growth in aviation emissions as embedded within Melbourne Airport expansion plans, and the necessity to find alternatives to aviation emissions.

Moreland Council passed a resolution at the October Council meeting to advocate “to State and Federal Governments by writing to the Ministers for Planning, Transport and Environment as well as local Members of State and Federal parliament, that investment should be focused on the establishment of a Very Fast Train to connect Australia’s cities instead of expanding the privately-owned airports.

The Melbourne-Sydney flight route is the second busiest domestic flight route globally.(Note 1) A high speed train service could provide a 3 hour Melbourne CBD to Sydney CBD service as a cost effective and low emissions alternative to flying.
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October 14, 2018 at 5:37 pm Leave a comment

Submission: Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy

MITS – capacity of a transport corridor at peak time of different transport modes

Transport is an important sector for emissions reduction both in Australia and locally in Moreland. Moreland Council have prepared a draft Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy to ‘drive’ the reduction in transport emissions through increased use of public transport, cycling and walkable neighborhoods and commercial centres. We commend Moreland Council for the policy goals in this strategy of reducing transport emissions.

Transport is a more complex area than energy to get emissions reduction at the local level as many of the important policy levers are driven by State politics and infrastructure investment.

Some of us in Climate Action Moreland attended and participated in the Brunswick Residents Network forums on the Draft Moreland Integrated Transport Strategy. The Brunswick Residents Network have done a considerably detailed submission which we broadly endorse for consideration of incorporation in the Council’s final strategy document.

There were a number of issues which we think weren’t covered by the Brunswick Residents Network submission.

Of particular note is the importance for continued advocacy for improvements to the quality, service frequency and extension of public transport services in and through our municipality.

A second consideration is co-ordinating and co-operating with adjacent Municipal Councils to improve public transport and cycling links. Both points address social equity both within Moreland and within the northern Melbourne region. Advocating for extension of the Upfield line to Wallan can improve equity issues for Melbourne’s northern urban fringe and also address one of the drivers for congestion in Moreland.

Improving arterial cycling connections to neighboring areas will encourage more residents to cycle and more people visiting Moreland by bicycle to see friends, to shop and use services in our municipality.
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September 2, 2018 at 4:16 pm 3 comments

Submission: Assessing Level Crossing Removals in Coburg through a climate change prism

Green light for cars at Bell st level crossing. Level Crossing removal will mostly advantage vehicles and increase transport emissions and eventually more congestion.

We have been working on a submission to the Level Crossing Removal Authority for the proposed removal of the Moreland Road and Bell Street level crossings. This is a complex issue already, just on social factors, and it also needs to be viewed through a prism of new infrastructure for adaptation to the impacts of long term climate change and reducing transport greenhouse gas emissions.

We are also keenly aware that little time was given for public discussion and engagement. Not all options were presented to the public and reasons given why they were neglected to be included from public consideration. So the public engagement and feedback will be essentially flawed.

We are aware that decisions will also likely be taken on cost factors which will reduce the long term climate adaptation or resilience of the infrastructure. Unfortunately the best solutions usually don’t come cheap.
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August 9, 2018 at 2:31 am 3 comments

Questions on climate action raised at Wills Budget Forum

Peter Khalil MP with Shadow Assistant Treasurer Andrew Leigh MP at the Wills Budget 2018 forum


A few members of Climate Action Moreland attended Peter Khalil’s budget forum with guest speaker Andrew Leigh (Shadow Assistant Treasurer and a former Economics Professor at Australian National University).

There were a few questions on climate change, and Labor’s climate policy, raised in this wide ranging forum. And, no, we didn’t stack the audience to ask questions on climate. Climate action is one of the issues that does have a consistent high profile and is of great concern to many citizens of Moreland.

Here is the report by Climate Action Moreland convenor John Englart, and his specific question on the need to address the growing transport climate emissions through infrastructure funding.
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June 10, 2018 at 9:53 pm 1 comment

Carbon emissions and footprint of different transport types

Comparison of carbon emissions, and footprint, by transport type. Chart by @ElliotFishman via @PTUA

While transition to Electric Vehicles is perhaps a part of the solution, the real need is to increase public transport quality, service and frequency, and increase cycling and walking infrastructure, to create environmentally friendly social urban environments where people want to work, live, and visit and live their lives.

Transition to Electric Vehicles is only a small part of the solution, even when these vehicles are 100% renewables recharged (ie not dependant on a largely coal based grid). Electric Vehicles still contain a substantial space footprint use in our urban environment.

We already have so many parking issues around the Moreland municipality that just changing to electric vehicles isn’t going to solve the many space and parking problems in an urban environment, whether it be in Brunswick, Coburg, Glenroy or Fawkner. We clearly need to think laterally to find solutions.
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March 16, 2018 at 12:42 pm 2 comments

Climate Action = Sustainable Transport

Upfield path at Brunswick station

Upfield path at Brunswick station

Our latest leaflet on Sustainable Transport can be downloaded: 20150228-revised climate and transport leaflet

This comes just as the sad news on Friday night of the tragic death of a cyclist who was car door-ed on Sydney road and thrown in the path of a truck. The cyclist was an Italian visitor to Australia. He was unable to be revived at the scene. Much of Sydney Road was closed to Friday evening’s peak hour traffic because of the death.

This highlights that there is much to be done in improving cycling infrastructure to increase cyclist safety as cycling continues to grow and expand in the Moreland municipality. The Upfield Bike Path is already choking with congestion during morning and evening peak times as the main north-south route.

While Moreland Council has been receptive to improving cycling infrastructure, this requires more substantial long term urban planning involving the State Government and VicRoads and funding at Federal and State levels. We need a cycling superhighway, fully separated from vehicle traffic, running north-south from Park Street to the Western Ring Road, with feeder paths to the east and west.

Peter Allan also nailed the issues regarding cycling in Moreland in this pre-election 2014 video:

More people cycling results in less vehicle emissions, plus providing an added community health and social benefit through active exercise. Improving walking, cycling and public transport contributes to reducing emissions under the Zero Carbon Moreland plan.

Public transport also needs improving in expanding the network and it’s efficiency. The Dan Andrews Victorian Labor Government has set about it’s promise of removing 50 level crossings with grade separation in Melbourne, including Munro and Bell street on the Upfield line and Glenroy Rd on the Craigieburn line. The announcement that the Melbourne Metro rail tunnel project will go ahead will also increase rail capacity through the rail network, a much needed improvement. The Greens suggested extending the No 19 Sydney Rd Tram line service to Fawkner: an even better idea would be extend the Sydney Rd tram past Fawkner to the Campbellfield shops, as suggested by Sustainable Fawkner.

Improving sustainability needs pressure on all three levels of government to make the infrastructure changes necessary as community behaviours change.

John Englart
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