Before the ACT Legislative Assembly on the 23 March 2022, Transport Minister Steel spoke about Active Travel. Minister Steel is very good at staying on message and can repeat that message month after month, year after year, and budget after budget. Here is the Ministerial statement 75% shorter – just 800 words – without all the marketing.
TCCS is in crisis. The process of traffic planning/modelling and penible public accountability has grown from the context where every dollar counts and changes are incremental. In the era of climate change and tipping points, we are racing to transform to a low carbon economy. Transport makes up 60% of the emissions in the ACT and needs to be addressed urgently. The rapid change requires a different approach to decision-making that is more flexible and weighted toward future expectations and political expediency. We need an agile approach (as opposed to waterfall) for transport planing at this time.