Community Alliance Party – Supports feasibility of light rail from Canberra International Airport to Civic to be funded by the private sector
“It is only folly that the ACT Labor Greens Compact wants to print monopoly money on a Civic to Woden light rail and the public should not be fooled or hoodwinked, Community Alliance Party candidate for Murrumbidgee,” Michael Lindfield said.
“The ACT Labor Greens Compact are telling the public complete lies by raising false expectations about its affordability. That facts are, the ACT is stone motherless broke. We haven’t a cracker in the bank, the population to use and support it via ticket sales or a public need to have it.
“The ACT Government has already spent almost $200 million, including massive cost blow outs on the Gungahlin Drive Extension, and the Federal and ACT government has poured in $288 million, sharing the costs, to build the Majura Parkway – all alternative routes to North Canberra, including Belconnen and Gungahlin.
“The existing traffic arrangements from Civic to Woden are meeting current and future needs of the City for at least the next 15 years or more. The public transport facilities for the Woden and Weston Creek areas and Mawson and surrounding suburbs are actually underutilised after peak times and more improvement in timetables and routes are a more immediate concern.
Michael Lindfield said, “after 9:30 am on any given week day. The frequency of traffic movement on Adelaide Avenue to Civic is like a country town. You could hold your breath for a few minutes waiting for the next vehicle to pass you. What the ACT Labor Greens Compact is peddling is a load of rubbish or they are in fantasyland believing in the tooth fairy.
“Perhaps light rail from Canberra International Airport to Civic would be a more realistic and an economic viable proposition with a world class state-of-the-art National Convention Centre with accommodation facilities, stylish boutique restaurants and adjoining entertainment facilities and infrastructure. The Community Alliance Party would be receptive to a feasibility study on this concept as the cost to benefits ratios are more attractive in recouping the light rail cost,” Michael Lindfield said.
Background and reference points
It should be noted that the Community Alliance Party opposes the Civic to Gungahlin and the Civic to Woden initiative supported by the ACT Labor-Greens Compact.
CAP may consider, following extensive community consultations over an 18 month period, a detailed and transparent feasibility study undertaken by the private sector and reviewed by an independent probity auditor, a light rail from Canberra International Airport to Civic with construction (also undertake by the private sector) of a world class state-of-the-art National Convention Centre comprising luxury accommodation facilities, stylish boutique restaurants and adjoining entertainment facilities and infrastructure. The cost to benefits ratios may be more attractive in recouping the private sector funded light rail costs