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How do we restore the public’s faith in transport planning?

The Conversation, 5 April 2017
Opposition to proposed road projects has become a feature of state and federal elections. In Western Australia, protests against the Roe Highway Stage 8 escalated just before Christmas 2016. On the eve of the state election, Main Roads WA contractors (acting at the behest of the then Liberal-National government) pushed forward with the destruction of the environmentally significant Beeliar wetlands. This happened despite considerable community opposition. The Labor opposition, now the newly elected government, declared it would halt the construction if elected.
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WA election: Cyclists to be protected by one-metre overtaking law under Labor promise

ABC News, 10 February 2017
Drivers will be required to leave a gap of at least one metre when overtaking cyclists under rules to be trialled if WA Labor wins the March State election.
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Roe 8 fails the tests of responsible 21st-century infrastructure planning

The Conversation, 16 February 2017
The Beeliar Group of professors formed recently to oppose the building of a new highway, called Roe 8, through an important wetland and woodland regional park in Perth’s southern suburbs. They have joined a very active campaign, adding substance to the passion of community activists.
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‘Significant number’ of non-compliant Uber drivers to be fined

WA Today, 1 February 2017
Uber drivers operating without the correct third party insurance or licence could be financially ruined if their vehicle is in an accident and causes injury, the Department of Transport has warned. Radio 6PR has revealed the riding sharing company has not insisted all its drivers obtain the omnibus licence or commercial vehicle third party insurance which the state government introduced as law in July – prompting fears many are driving illegally, without realising.
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‘People Cities and Low Carbon Living conference’ with Jan Gehl -February 13th 2017

Conference at Curtin University includes the launch of the new book People Cities: The Life and Legacy of Jan Gehl(by Annie Matan and Peter Newman, Island Press, Washington DC) which highlights Perth’s shift towards a people city. Officially launched by the Ambassador to Demark, Mr Tom Nørring.

Keynote speaker renowned Danish urban designer Jan Gehl will present “People Cities for the 21st Century”
Key sponsors: CUSP, CRC Low Carbon Living, Climate KIC (WA), Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, Land Corp and City of Perth.

Annie Matan will summarise Gehl’s life in urban design before Jan will speak about ‘People Cities for the 21st Century’. Peter Newman and his research team from CUSP will then outline some key findings from their work with the CRC in Low Carbon Living about how the people-oriented approach can lead to low carbon housing, precincts, transport and cities. Speakers will include: Jemma Green, Josh Byrne, Charlie Hargroves, Vanessa Rauland and Greg Morrison.

After lunch there will be a workshop with Professor Holger Walbaum from Climate KIC Europe, Professor of Sustainable Building from Chalmers University, on how low carbon innovations are being created through partnerships between researchers, government and the private sector in Europe and how Australia can forge their own contribution to world-changing innovations.

The Conference and Workshop are free but an RSVP is needed.
RSVP Christine.finlay@curtin.edu.au

Cyclists falling victim to an undetected danger with their bikes

The West Australian, 7 January 2017
It was a clear October morning when Greg Prosser joined his weekly group ride, with a strong easterly blowing and a cloudless sky. The Friday ride had almost become a ritual for the Perth schoolteacher — a keen cyclist for the past 25 years. About 45 minutes in, the riders stopped at traffic lights on Nicholson Road in Ferndale. Mr Prosser, 47, had just put in a hard effort and was relieved at the chance to catch his breath. He recalls very little beyond this point because as he took off from the lights, his bicycle crumbled underneath him sending him nose-diving into the kerb.

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Create to regenerate: cities tap into talent for urban renewal

The Conversation, 21 September 2016
The creative industries – ranging from game development to architecture, media, design and the arts – are a hot issue in urban development. Creative businesses, almost by definition, are innovative. They drive new ideas, people and technologies into the market from the experimental edge. It follows, then, that strategies to make a state, city or town more creative can fuel cultural development, urban regeneration and economic growth.
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The price of oil – why it rose, why it fell, and what it will mean for LNG- 26 Aug

The price of oil – why it rose, why it fell, and what it will mean for Australian LNG

Dr Roberto F. Aguilera
Adjunct Research Fellow
The John Curtin Institute of Public Policy
Curtin University
Date: Friday, 26 Aug 2016

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm, with refreshments to follow

Venue: Executive Briefing Centre (EBC)
Bldg 100, Level 2, Curtin Bentley Campus

Online: Click here to register- https://payments.curtin.edu.au/OneStopWeb/CC_OIL_160826
Email: jcipp@curtin.edu.au
Phone: 9266 2807

Perth- 12 October 2016- International Cycling Workshop

On Wednesday 12th October, the Department of Transport and the Urbanet Research Network at Curtin University are hosting an International Cycling Workshop. Led by Dr Marco te Brommelstroet, Assistant Professor in Urban Planning at the University of Amsterdam, the workshop will look firstly at cycling infrastructure and practice in The Netherlands and then at how Dutch design ideas could be applied to Perth. It promises to be a fascinating and insightful day.

Wednesday 12 October 2016
Registration from 8:15am, 8:45am start – Close 5:30pm

Perth Town Hall, Corner of Barrack Street and Hay Street, Perth
RSVP/Queries: Sam McLeod, Urbanet, Curtin University sam.mcleod@curtin.edu.au

The event is free to attend with refreshments and a light lunch provided. Please indicate any special dietary requirements. We hope to see you there.

Make your comment on WA Govt’s Transport @ 3.5 Million plan

The WA Government’s new Transport @ 3.5 Million plan has just been released.

A three month comment period opened on 29 July 2016 and closes at 5:00 pm, 28 October 2016.

See this link for more information about the plan:
http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/projects/perth-transport-plan-for-3-5-million.asp

This is the link to the online survey form to provide your feedback:
http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/2936193/DoT-PTP3-5-Public-Consultation-Survey

Here is a link to a PDF of the full report (large file warning- 19.2MB):
http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/projects/PROJ_P_Perth_Transport_Plan__full.pdf

Here is a link to a PDF of the summary report (large file warning- 10.2MB):
http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/projects/PROJ_P_Perth_Transport_Plan__Summary.pdf

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