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Transport and Congestion – An international perspective on the transport debate

11.30am, 16 June 2016- Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre
In November 2015, the Committee for Perth and partner RAC launched Get a Move On! – a year-long research project which directly responds to community concerns that the region lacks a comprehensive road, public and active transport network to meet Perth and Peel’s 21st century mobility needs. This Perth in Focus luncheon will feature a keynote address from UK Professor Jon Shaw, co-author of ‘The Transport Debate’. OurGet a Move On! Commuter Survey found that two in five commuters prefer to drive in an ideal world. Over lunch, Jon will reflect on a typology of commuters, including “motorway man”, “car complacents”, “malcontent motorists” and “aspiring environmentalists”.

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Urban density matters – but what does it mean?

The Conversation, 20 May 2016
In debates about urban density we often find comments about buildings being too tall or not tall enough, about too many people in a neighbourhood or too few, about streets and buildings being overcrowded or empty. We are told that Melbourne is building at four times the density of Hong Kong, or that density is good and will make us happy. As these debates over density in Australian cities continue, what is most often missing is any clear understanding of what people mean when they use the word “density”.

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Delay in getting driving licences opens door to more sustainable travel

The Conversation, 23 May 2016
In early 2015, I wrote about the significant declines in the proportion of young people with a driving licence. However, at the time, significant questions remained unanswered. Were young adults forgoing cars entirely? Or were they merely delaying a few years before they hopped behind the wheel? Since that time I have analysed youth licensing data in the state of Victoria, Australia, and in the US. These are two of the few jurisdictions that provide enough data to track cohorts of young people over time.

What we see when we look at individual cohorts over time is that by the time people reach their mid-20s they are just about as likely to have a licence now as their counterparts were ten years ago.

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Engineers Australia free event 12noon Wed 25 May – Achieving efficient roads and effective streets
How do we achieve accessible and liveable communities while addressing the impact of Perth’s anticipated 2031 $16 billion congestion costs?
WHEN- Wednesday, May 25, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
WHERE- Auditorium, Engineers Australia – 712 Murray Street, West Perth
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Should older people and those with dementia have their licences revoked?

The Conversation, 12 May 2016
One in ten people over the age of 65 and three in ten people over the age of 85 have dementia. As a degenerative and debilitating disease, people with dementia find they are unable to perform some of the everyday tasks they used to do very well.

One of the major dilemmas for families and doctors of people with dementia is whether they should still be allowed to drive. Evidence has found the revocation of a driver’s licence and subsequent loss of independence have severe negative affects on older people. But are they putting other road users in danger if they continue to drive?
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Last coal-fired power generator in South Australia switched off

Renew Economy, 9 May 2016
The 520MW Northern brown coal power generator, the last coal-fired power station in South Australia, was switched off for the last time on Monday morning, setting the state on a new path to a decarbonised grid.
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This bike lane in Korea is topped with 20 miles of solar panels

Inhabitat, 12 April 2016
Is this the greenest road ever? This video, shot by a drone, shows a stretch of highway in Korea featuring a solar-powered bike lane running right down the middle. The lane is offset, protected by barriers, and sheltered by solar panels. The lane runs from Daejeon to Sejong, a distance of around 20 miles (32 km), which is a few hours’ drive from the capital city Seoul. It’s a fantastic idea that could pave the way for similar commuting-style bike lanes in the future.
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IKEA is launching a chainless bicycle called SLADDA this year

Inhabitat, 16 April 2016
Beyond the scads of flat-pack furniture, indoor herb gardens, and solar-powered shelters for emergency victims, the Swedish retailer is gearing up to launch a new product that is nothing short of a revelation. Later this year, IKEA will begin selling a chainless bicycle called SLADDA, and the multiple award-winning design has already been dubbed the “best of the best.” Come August, we’ll get to find out how true that is.
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Senate Report- Decision to commit funding to the Perth Freight Link project

The Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee released on 3 May 2016 its report on the Federal funding of the Perth Freight Link. The full report, titled Decision to commit funding to the Perth Freight Link project, is downloadable from the Senate website: (
The Report’s 7 recommendations are listed below.

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Cobham jet caught fire after company failed to properly repair an engine

Crikey, 2 May 2016
On 29 April 2014 a Cobham Aviation Avro 146 RJ100 caught fire over Perth with 93 people on board at the start of a charter flight to Barrow Island. Cobham’s crew of six handled the emergency perfectly, and the small high winged four-engined jet returned to Perth Airport without injury to any person. But the release of the final report by the ATSB investigation of the incident mightn’t be said to have left Cobham’s reputation untouched.

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