Skip to content

Posts from the ‘Locale is WA’ Category

Jetstar to start regional WA flights in bid to cut fares

The West Australian, 11 September 2017
Jetstar may start operations within WA to cut airfares, but Australia’s largest airline group has warned that regional airports need to cut fees. Qantas Domestic chief executive Andrew David told the Economics and Industry Standing Committee inquiry into airfares within WA that the group was looking at deploying the Jetstar operation within WA to “address some of the challenges that currently exist”.

Read more

Peter Newman’s new book launched

Peter Newman’s new book is here (Tim Beatley and Heather Boyer, co-authors): Resilient Cities, Second Edition: Overcoming Fossil Fuel Dependence (ISBN: 9781610916851/US$35.00). It shows how we are going in cities around the world in getting rid of fossil fuels and what more we can do. See https://islandpress.org/book/resilient-cities-second-edition

Read more

Swapping car seats for electric bike saddles in WA

ABC News, 1 September 2016
The wheels are turning on a cycling revolution across Australia. Electric bicycles, known as e-bikes, have surged in popularity as an increasing number of people ditch driving for pedal power with an electric battery boost.
Read more

Chinese Developers control Canning?

Canning Accountability, 21 May 2017
When WA Business News announced* in 2015 that a Chinese developer had won a big infill job in Canning, no-one imagined the developer, Sunlong Corporation, would go on to win BIG TIME. In a Council area almost entirely built out but with a huge infill quota to meet, a crucial 25h site became available courtesy of the Housing Authority. Known as the Bentley Regeneration project, at 8kms from the CBD it is remarkably valuable and should have been not only the making of Canning but the key project to prove “density can work” as Perth heads towards a population of 3.5m at 2050.
Read more

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.
Read more

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.
Read more

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.
Read more

‘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.
Read more

‘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

Safe Active Streets National Workshop- Perth- 23-24 March 2017

With many states now exploring low speed safe active streets and bike boulevards, knowledge sharing is essential for moving forward. This two-day workshop has been planned to enable discussion about what has been achieved, what is planned, issues and the future.

Day one consists of the learnings from the Perth Safe Active Streets projects over the past 18 months. The safe active streets will be complete by the time of the workshop and there are many lessons and achievements to share. Attendees will then be able to experience the three projects on site by bus or by bike. The day will be capped off with an evening session with prominent Dutch blogger Mark Wagenbuur.

Day two takes on a national approach with presentations on activities and actions in Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, followed by an interactive panel session about breaking down the barriers. The final session will consist of a presentation by Mark Wagenbuur and a panel session to gain ideas for pursuing the future.
Date and Time
Thu., 23/03/2017, 8:00 am – to Fri., 24/03/2017, 3:00 pm
Location
Perth Town Hall, Hay St, Perth, WA 6000

The workshop is an opportunity not to be missed and there is no fee to attend.
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/safe-active-streets-national-workshop-registration-30286968137

css.php