COMING SHORTLY - CAST Statement on the 3 Billion Tunnel

We have opposed the concept and construction of the 3B
Tunnel from the time it was first proposed by Jim Soorley.

We're preparing a detailed statement to explain why we
continue to vigorously oppose the Tunnel, and why we urge
all motorists to boycott the Tunnel.

Keep checking this site for our full statement.

INFORMATION ALERT CIty Bus Stops relocated from Monday 8 March

Bus stops 56 and 57 on Queen Street near Post Office
Square will be temporarily closed from Monday 8
March to Wednesday 30 June due to streetscape
construction works.
Stop 58 will be moved by up to 20m in the direction
of travel and services from this stop will also be affected.

For full details of bus services affected and a map of
the location of the new stops, go to


We are continuing to make submissions on behalf of public transport users, cyclists and pedestrians to Translink, service providers and Government.

These are shown on the page below described as 'Submissions to Translink' together with current status and replies if any.

If you are aware of a transport service or systemic fault that needs to be rectified or improved, contact us and we'll follow up the issue with the relevant authority on your behalf.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Do 4WDs belong in cities?

A recent public opinion survey by AAMI found that 60% of the 2380 licensed drivers surveys believed 4WDs did not belong in cities, while 33% thought driving a four wheel drive was socially unacceptable due to the greenhouse emissions. You can read the news article here. What do you think about 4WDs in our cities, and what do you think government policy should be on them?


National Enquirer said...

I agree and think a carbon tax at registration time should be paid to help reduce the desire for heavy vehicles.

Allan said...

The only objection I have concerning 4WDs is that so many people spend above their means (go into debt) on unnecessary goods. Careless and unnecessary spending in this way harms our collective financial situation as a nation.

4WDs may serve for some people a similar function as a station wagon, ute or van. It is not necessary to have 4WD for most such purposes, but there is little difference in the size of vehicle. For some it may be a work or business vehicle. Some people use them for off-road recreational purposes.

For these people, using 4WDs also for normal travel may be the economical choice, since the alternative is to pay for the purchase, registration and maintenance of two vehicles.

Penalising these people with higher rego fees could just discourage them further from buying an additional, regular car for on-road travel. It would also be unfair to them - particularly if it is for work/business use.

Which is worse "environmentally" anyway - consuming more fuel and producing more emissions, or using more resources to manufacture more vehicles?

Many SUVs are quite small (e.g. RAV-4s) and are the size of an average car anyway. Even some bigger 4WDs (e.g. Toyota Hilux) have only 4-cyinder engines. A Falcon or Commodore has a 6 engine.

Government policy should be to stay out of people's private affairs so we can make the right choices for ourselves.