If you want light rail in ACT this is how to do it.

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It may just be election spin designed to appeal to the “big vision” crowd who fancy themselves as big thinkers – “its just like the Snowy Scheme. yadda yadda..”

It is also very odd considering that the master zoning document shows how little space has been zoned for high or even medium density throughout the city.

http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2008-27/copy/96720/pdf/2008-27.pdf

Notice how little medium density there is along Northbourne Avenue – and what there is is literally only on Northbourne Avenue.

The reasonable approach would be to Continue reading

Gold Coast light rail – More pork?

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Hmmm not very tasty sauce

http://www.goldlinq.com.au/workspace/assets/uploads/resources/ch13-economic-benefits-and-degislation-4cd89114.pdf

CBA of 2.3 but no detail nor can I find the CBA of alternatives.

The Business Case is secret – it seems any degree of redaction of so called ‘sensitive info’ is beyond them. Sounds like an excuse to keep the Wizard concealed behind the curtain.

Basically it will be impossible to identify, test or kick around the assumptions that the business case is based on.

Like too many of these projects some dodgy assumptions Continue reading