Leading academics and community representatives will provide responses to the Victorian Transport Plan at a forum to be held by the GAMUT Centre at the University of Melbourne.
The forum will be held at 11 am Wednesday 10 December,University of Melbourne, Room 225, Alice Hoy Building (Education Building, just off Swanston St)
Speakers at the forum will assess the content of the Plan against a set of principles that GAMUT believes should underpin Melbourne’s transport and urban development. These principles recognise the need for:
- annual transport greenhouse emissions to show a downward trend by 2015
- medium and long-term transport sector greenhouse gas emission reduction in the order of 80% below 1990 levels
- transport greenhouse emissions to decrease at a similar rate to other sectors
- alternatives to the private car to address growing social isolation and health problems caused by the lack of access to jobs, services and community
- a substantial mode shift away from private car travel in addition to a rapid move to cleaner vehicles.
The speakers will assess whether it is likely to achieve outcomes consistent with the above principles. GAMUT Director, Professor Nick Low, said GAMUT’s criteria for a plan for a sustainable Melbourne included:
- an immediate moratorium on expansion of the capacity of the freeway network for private cars
- changes in the design and delivery of public transport services, implemented in a short time-frame across most of Melbourne’s existing urban form, to achieve significant modal shift to public transport
- real commitment to shifting a significant proportion of port related freight off roads and onto rail.”
Further details of the participants will be available on Tuesday 9 December, contact John Stone: firstname.lastname@example.org 0405 729 839, or Janet Rice: email@example.com, 0432 416 234
GAMUT: Australasian Centre for the Governance and Management of Urban Transport
The University of Melbourne
(An initiative of the Volvo Research and Educational Foundations)