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Daniel Andrews, please return public transport to the people

The Guardian, 7 February 2017
The privatisation of Victoria’s train and tram system has not delivered savings to the public – so why not bring it back under state control?

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Queensland Rail failures: Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe resigns

Brisbane Times, 6 February 2017
Embattled Transport Minister Stirling Hinchliffe has resigned from his cabinet portfolio amid the long-running Queensland Rail debacle. Mr Hinchliffe will also step down from his role as Commonwealth Games minister.
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Autonomous vehicle developer opens Adelaide base

REnew Economy, 30 January 2017
UK-based autonomous transport developer RDM Group will establish its Asia-Pacific headquarters in Adelaide. RDM is developing low-speed autonomous transport “pods” that can ferry individuals or small groups on via footpaths, within pedestrian precincts, streets or on private land without drivers.
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The so-called sharing economy

ABC Money, 29 December 2016
What is the sharing economy and is it as good as it sounds? The Money investigates the changing nature of collaborative consumption and why some cities are now banning Uber and Airbnb.
http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/themoney/share-economy/7777658

Australian solar farm capital intensity halves, due to smarter, cheaper plants

Renew Economy, 19 January 2017
The capital intensity per watt of the utility scale solar plants in the current development pipeline in Australia is about half that of those that are already operational. The stark and rapid improvement in the economics of big solar in the country is due to global declines in component costs, but also importantly declining EPC (construction) costs and the deployment of yield-boosting technology like tracking.

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Melbourne’s trams to be solar powered

The Age, 19 January 2017
Melbourne’s trams network will soon be powered by the first large-scale solar plant to be built in Victoria. The solar plant, which will be completed by the end of 2018, is expected to be located in Victoria’s north-west.

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‘Choking’ fears if home delivery left unregulated

The Age, 16 January 2017
Everything we desire from the booming convenience economy is now just a swipe of our smartphones away. But according to Melbourne academic, Australia’s capitals face the same traffic-congested “choking” fate as central London if the burgeoning economy is left unregulated.

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Sky rail: Supreme Court dismisses residents’ bid to derail project

The Age, 20 December 2016
A legal bid by angry residents to halt the controversial sky rail project has been dismissed in the [VIC] Supreme Court. Labor is building kilometres of elevated rail track along the Cranbourne Pakenham line between Caulfield and Dandenong station as part of its policy to remove 50 level crossings.

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First tram tracks laid for George Street light rail

Sydney Morning Herald, 19 December 2016
[NSW] Transport Minister Andrew Constance is confident the state government and Sydney lord mayor Clover Moore will come to a mutually agreeable design for the light rail line and pedestrian boulevard down George Street. Mr Constance on Monday witnessed the first section of track laid on George Street for the tram project, which is scheduled to be finished in 2019.

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Getting smarter about city lights is good for us and nature too

The Conversation, 16 December 2016
Ideas to enhance the liveability and sustainability of our cities have attracted a lot of interest recently. Examples include establishing or enhancing “urban forests”, or “bringing back nature” into cities to support animals and ecosystems displaced by human activity. While these projects focus on creating space for nature and enhancing biodiversity within cities, they rarely consider the impact on nature of the artificial lighting used across the urban landscape.

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