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Roe Highway Stage 8 Project

Senate Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Legislation Committee
Question No.: NB-II 02
Division/Agency: Nation Building - Infrastructure Investment
Hansard Page: 23 (20/10/09)

Senator Ludlam asked:

Senator LUDLAM-All right. Can you tell us whether there have been any propositions to you from the Western Australian government for funding of the Roe Highway extension in the southern suburbs of Perth?

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Greens welcome City of Perth vision

The Greens have congratulated the City of Perth for its far-sighted vision for the city, with its emphasis on light rail, pedestrians and public open space – but they warn that the State Government has so far failed to match actions with rhetoric on light rail.

“I was pleased to hear the WA Planning Minister today say he supported light rail in principle – but I was also extremely puzzled, given so far this Government has been siphoning money away from the expansion of public transport and into roads,” WA Greens Transport Spokesperson, Alison Xamon MLC, said.

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Roads in WA

Senator LUDLAM-I said I would come back with a couple more, either for you, Mr Deegan, or the department. There is a section of road, I think it is on the Goldfields Highway between Wiluna and Meekatharra-it is the last section of the National Highway, I believe, in the entire country that is unsealed. It is about a 140-kilometre strip between those two regional towns in WA. Are you familiar with the stretch that I am referring to?

Mr Deegan-I know this strip, but I do not have any advice on the particular section. The department may have.

Mr Mrdak-Sorry, Wiluna to?

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Congestion tax acceptable only if public transport improved: Greens

The Greens would only agree to a tax being imposed on motorists to reduce congestion in Perth and other Australian cities if public transport, cycling and walking facilities are dramatically improved.

“On present trends, the cost of urban traffic congestion based on extra travel time and resource use is projected to double by 2020,” Greens Senator for WA Scott Ludlam said.

“As our recent Pubic Transport Senate Inquiry concluded, congestion charging can help reduce these costs by discouraging motorists from travelling at the most congested times and places.

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Greens win sustainable local jobs for ACT

The Australian Greens are pleased that their negotiating skills in the Federal Senate secured funding for eight ACT heritage sites, including three historic huts at Namadgi National Park and the telescope dome on Mt Stromlo.  Both were damaged in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. 

The heritage funding is part of the Australian Government’s $650 million Jobs Fund and is set to generate 66 jobs in the ACT.

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Roads to Recovery Funding for Un-incorporated Areas in NT

Senator Ludlam asked:

I refer to a press statement by Minister Albanese on 13 May 2008 relating to the granting of $6.4 million for un-incorporated areas under the Roads to Recovery Program.

1. By what processes are the acquittals of funding grants under Roads to Recovery audited by the Commonwealth Government?

2. Does the Minister concur that the unincorporated areas in question relate to the Dundee and Marrakai districts?

3. In no to (2), can the Minister outline his understanding of the regions in question?

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