Mayors of Councils affected by the State Government’s proposed AdeLINK project are supportive of the concept. They will all be seeking endorsement of a study proposed by the Minister for Transport & Infrastructure from their councils to test the feasibility of AdeLINK.
Last Thursday the Lord mayor hosted a summit on Light Rail. At the summit Stephen Mulligan, the State Government Minister for Transport & Infrastructure, outlined his vision for light rail in Adelaide, known as AdeLINK. A series of presenters then provided examples of how light rail has positively impacted on Sydney and the Gold Coast.
I found the summit very informative and enlightening. A panel of experts presented to us and the media. They highlighted successful examples of light rail projects in Sydney and the Gold Coast.
There was a consensus amongst the presenters that Light Rail is much more than a transport project. It was more a City Building Project. Examples were provided where property development has been encouraged by the promise of light rail in the precinct. Examples were also provided to demonstrate that business profitability has improved where light rail precincts have occurred.
I must say I saw evidence of vibrancy around light rail in my recent trip to the Gold Coast, supporting these claims.
In the absence of our Mayor and at the invitation of the Lord Mayor I then attended a meeting after the Summit of the Mayors of the affected councils and the Minister.
At that meeting the mayors agreed on positive ways forward on light rail plans.
The meeting was supportive of AdeLINK and agreed to:
Make light rail a key priority
Provide in principle support for AdeLINK and to take this back to respective Councils for endorsement
Participate in the development of the State Government’s business case for AdeLINK
Consider all funding options (but are not in favour of new taxes on the community)
Reconvene within 2-4 weeks
As an attendee at that meeting and after debriefing our Mayor I will be putting forward a motion at our upcoming council meeting, this Tuesday reflecting this.