Be great for LXRA @levelcrossings to REALLY consider the benefits of SkyRail for Surrey Hills & Mont Albert rather than retreat to the supposed ‘security’ of a dividing trench being the ‘normal’ way of doing things .
Work hasn’t started so it’s not too late to admit you have it wrong!
A trench will only entrench the notion that walking & cycling come as an add-on rather than being a reason to do SkyRail so the community can reap all the benefits.
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The NEL CTDG – Walking & Cycling produced a comprehensive report on many walking and cycling needs identified, but not included in the Reference Design.
The NEL Community & Stakeholder Relations personnel who coordinated the CTDG advised that such a report was a way for Reference Design deficiencies to be made known to the bidders, and that the competitive process would inevitably lead to some or all of the recommendations being adopted. CTDG members would have far preferred the Reference Design to have included most of these recommendations.
Members of the Group compiled a comprehensive report totally independently, and NEL facilitated its final layout and preparation.
Trust in government is collapsing. A drop from from 45% to 37% last year, reflects our doubt in governments’ capacity to deal with the biggest challenges we face, such as climate change and inequality. It also demonstrates we are experiencing politics as something external to us, increasingly handed down by establishment elites from above.
The following ink gives some excellent IDEAS to answer the question…
WATAG believes that local councils’ Active Transport aims in particular would benefit from:
Having collaborative discussions and by supporting participatory networks
Doing things. Having lots of surveys and strategies sitting on a shelf doesn’t mean anything has actually been done.
Having a vast community of real-time experts in the community which are not utilised fully (if at all)
Facing the future head-on and openly talking about what needs to change
How are things in Whitehorse?
Whitehorse Council developed a Community Engagement Framework in 2014.
Note: The Council website has been redeveloped since then so if the above link no longer works, view the document here.
It’s unclear whether this was adopted as official Council policy. It’s an excellent framework to begin with, however there’s more work to be done.
It shows that Whitehorse is very similar Councils and to all other Councils as well, and that ALL of them could do much better.
WATAG hopes to engage with Council at a much deeper level than in the past.
We hope that Active Transport becomes far more “normal” in Whitehorse, as a result of the needs and expectations of the whole community being considered.
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