The essential elements of reform

Resolving PM Turnbull's undertakings

The table was presented to the then PM and head of DIRD, Mr Mike Mrdak and then Dr Stephen Kennedy, in 2017.  No replies were received and two years of reform opportunities lost.  The policy background seen in this website was in place through a number of reports.

Here is the intended Terms of Reference to the proposed national panel which would be independent of vested interests and include eminents from overseas such the former D-G of Transport in Toronto.  

The essential of participative planning was taken from the Royal Commission into the Improvement of the City of Sydney and its Suburbs (1908-09), Sir Rod Eddington's East-West inquiries in both London and Melbourne, and my work in Newcastle (again echoing 1909).


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The Panel will commission Options & Scenarios papers on 

  1. each of the significant scenario/regional challenges in the Sydney      Metropolitan area associated with housing affordability and congestion      reduction, in accordance with iA guidelines for feasibility tests and      business cases and the Prime Minister’s if you want someone to change, you must persuade them there’s a      problem, then you explain the solution
  2. engage the community in line with NewDemocracy’s and ResPublica’s Civic Limits guidelines 
  3. report to the national and state governments, in relation to the      following key challenges:

  • Corridor mapping (travel needs versus      current and anticipated gaps in access coverage) shown in the Urban Transport Statement of 2006      and any subsequent evidence-based investigations 
  • Maximising the capacity of transport infrastructure to service the      new dwellings level of 800,000+ over 15 years and then further growth over      30 years, considering – 
    1. Distribution of high rise, medium density and fully distributed       housing types according to broad accessibility, affordability and life       style criteria, matched to transport corridors
    2. Service standards compared in terms of walking distances,       generated hourly and daily rail/bus/car numbers, usage costs, and       TfNSW/RMS opinions on congestion impacts considering local road and       transit network conditions etc
    3. Technologies best suited to each corridor and for system       integration
    4. Nett self-reliance

i. Revenues from fare box, tolls, levies, practicable and equitable value capture, and explicit subsidies from all levels of government, discounted and compared with

ii. Costs – operating, capital, employment numbers, time preference (phasing/timing) and externality

  1. Community environmental and family budget diseconomies as well as       benefits, equity in all aspects
  2. Impacts on 

i. Trends in housing costs and 

ii. energy and heat sink factors

  1. The scenario areas include normal parameter and sensitivity      testing within accepted benefit/cost analysis practices – avoiding      “nonsense on stilts” (Peter Self), “options” including:

  • maximum utilisation of Metro lines and WestConnex where fully legitimised (NW/Chatswood to Sydenham), the Iron Cove/Gladesville and Harbour Bridges, and alternatives where Metros and roads/tunnels are envisioned but not yet legitimised, and
  • Sydney to Parramatta – West Metro, Christie/Greiner fast trains, release of paths via Chatswood to Parramatta for 2nd Airport and other fast trains etc
  • The innerwest and Eastern Suburbs to the NorthWest and Peninsula (cross-Harbour) – Metro, linked bus and tram networks via known bridge options and/or tunnels
  • The Bays and Innerwest including “Barangaroo ExpressNet©” - 
  • Linking of the street transit systems (bus and tram) on the eastern and western sides of the CBD
  • Completion of the innerwest tram network back to Central (via SydUni, Broadway Centre, Catholic Uni, Central Park and UTS), and possibly out to (say) Macquarie Park and/or (say) Burwood
  • Resolution of CBD congestion by the elimination of 7 E/W conflicted intersections through a circumferential road by-pass and transit boulevard
  • Provision of fast transit through The Bays to the Victoria Road corridor at Rozelle, including the Overseas Passenger Terminal and White Bay Power Station (the Google site, now foregone due to delays in providing transit un-locking, UrbanGrowth having frozen 16,000 units til 2021-2)
  • Relief of the ANZAC Bridge which is about to experience more congestion off the WestConnex works
  • Promotion of walking and cycling in extension of current programs, and
  • Provision of a basis of a long-term fast transit service using Flexity Swifta or similar tram/trains to link street and rail transit systems.
  • Northern Beaches, both to/from CBD/south and NorthWest including federal, 2008 and subsequent proposals with their differential impacts on the Peninsula’s character and liveability
  • NorthWest to KSA and CBD via Strathfield using tram/trains, including other routes 
  • SouthWest and SouthEast to Northwest employment zones

Naturally there would be updating to take account of the disastrous WS City Deal and the challenges trailing the NW first section of the main Sydney Metro.  Much the same can be said of Melbourne with changes in freeways and the promised middle circumferential metro.