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Please visit the excellent website that Dr. Ralph Cobcroft has created: www.d3sj.org
D3SJ* meeting July 2008:
Transport infrastructure in a petroleum depleted world
Tristan Peach is spokesperson for Community Action for Sustainable Transport Inc. The outer areas of the Brisbane metropolitan area are economically and socially vulnerable to rising oil prices and lack quality public transport services. The "mega project" approach being used by current local, state and federal governments is not providing appropriate solutions to the range of transport issue facing the urban region. Approaches to planning and providing freight and passenger transport services need to change significantly to cope with peak oil and to achieve other positive outcomes such as improved social equity, reduced greenhouse emissions and reduced economic costs of transport. They will require different infrastructure investments, particularly in rail, cycling and walking infrastructure, but also different approaches to using existing infrastructure such as converting car space to public and active transport space.
Tristan is trained in town planning and has worked as a sustainable transport advocate for 4 years. He has been a researcher, organiser and public spokesperson for the Samford Transport Group, Communities Against the Tunnels and Community Action for Sustainable Transport. He is currently coordinating public transport users groups in Brisbane and Ipswich.
These issues are of critical importance and will affect all of us. Due to other commitments, Tristan will only be able to speak for 45 minutes and to take questions for 15 minutes, so make the most of this valuable meeting!
Date & time: Wednesday 9 July 2008
5.30pm - biscuits, coffee/tea
6.00pm - presentation
6.45pm - discussion
7.00pm - meeting concludes - enthusiastic participants are encouraged to continue discussion over dinner at another venue
Venue: Sullivan Nicolaides Pathology Boardrooms, 134 Whitmore St (Swann Rd end), Taringa. Go to reception (off upper car park) & signs will direct from there.
Parking is available on site (upper car park- anywhere there is a space or lower car parks in the non reserved spaces).There's also plenty of nearby on-street parking (with no meters/time limit) at that time of day.
Who should attend: Any intelligent person interested in the common good.
*Doctors and Scientists for Sustainability and Social Justice:
We invite participation from all members of the public who agree with these medical and scientific principles: that we should use evidence, reason and fairness as the primary means to address the issues facing society