Page 1957 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 27 June 2023

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Light rail—stage 2B

MR PARTON (Brindabella) (3.00): I move:

That this Assembly:

(1) notes that:

(a) the Greens/Labor government has provided no comprehensive business case for Stage 2B of the tram project;

(b) getting the tram to Woden will be one of the largest capital projects in the history of the ACT;

(c) the people of Canberra have never been given a comprehensive and compelling business case for connecting Commonwealth Park to Woden with a tram system;

(d) the people of Canberra have not been told what Stage 2B will cost;

(e) previous stages of the tram project have relied on property value uplift to yield a positive benefit and the proposals did not stand up based on transport benefits alone;

(f) there are other lower cost alternatives to the tram capable of delivering the same or superior public transport services between Civic and Woden;

(g) travel times from Woden to Civic via a tram will be greater than current bus services;

(h) the potentially enormous capital and operating cost of Stage 2B will deprive funding to critical services such as police and justice, city services and health that are badly needed to sustain community safety and wellbeing; and

(i) Canberra’s public deserves better accountability and transparency;

(2) calls on the ACT government to:

(a) curtail proceeding with any works contracts or infrastructure procurements for Stage 2B;

(b) prepare and provide a cost benefit assessment that:

(i) compares the proposed Stage 2B capital and recurring cost with an electric bus service option and other options to deliver passenger services between Woden and Civic;

(ii) omits estimates of land value uplift from the public transport route between Woden and Civic;

(iii) provides forward budget estimates of capital and recurring costs for each option;

(iv) depicts capital and operating cost differences between the options; and

(v) clearly articulates the public transport benefit from each option;

(c) prepare a business case for a public transport solution that offers the public faster travel times between Woden and Civic that equal or exceed current bus service times;

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