Winter 2015

ISV Editorial – Winter 2015
Editorial / Winter 2015

ISV Editorial – Winter 2015

This issue we have a focus on transport. In 1945 Sydney had one of the world’s largest and most used public transport systems supported by 291 kilometres of light rail. It was ripped up to make room for the car and the city spread rapidly as transport became car focused.

Ben Aveling with Liam the GoGet car Photo Esther Butcher South Sydney Herald
Transport / Winter 2015

New alternatives to car ownership

Going car-less still isn’t for everyone, but it has never been easier or cheaper. Ben Aveling explores some four and two wheel alternatives.

Will WestConnex take its toll?
Transport / Winter 2015

Will WestConnex take its toll?

Given the long history of failed toll roads in Aus tralia and the absence of any details being released on WestConnex, the Greens built their own financial model. Mehreen Faruqi explains what they found.

How does public transport stack up against motorways?
Transport / Winter 2015

How does public transport stack up against motorways?

Regardless of how it is financed, all infrastructure is paid for by NSW residents , through either fees or taxes. So we deserve to know whether the government is prioritising projects that give us the greatest bang for our buck, writes Mathew Hounsell.

Towards the transport revolution Sydney needs
Transport / Winter 2015

Towards the transport revolution Sydney needs

Tim Williams, the Chief Executive of Committee for Sydney recently addressed a Sydney University planning forum. Geoff Turnbull provides his impressions and pulls together some of the key elements from the presentation and its “personal opinion” aftermath.

Saving Public Transport
From the Vault / Winter 2015

Saving Public Transport

This issue we are celebrating those involved in the long campaign for improved public transport. The article below is an early Inner Voice article about the activities of Action for Public Transport and its predecessor the Save Public Transport Committee. The aims and objectives for APT in 1978 are still […]

Trams: Rebuilding what was lost
Transport / Winter 2015

Trams: Rebuilding what was lost

Sydney had one of the world’s largest and most used urban public transport systems. Mathew Hounsell explores Sydney’s old tram system and looks at what inner city councils are interested in resurrecting.

What a difference a ride makes
Transport / Winter 2015

What a difference a ride makes

Transport is ultimately about people and the difference it makes, or could make to their lives. These transport stories are from a collection made by Western Sydney Community Forum.

Community engagement or community capture
Community Engagement / Winter 2015

Community engagement or community capture

In Sydney’s current frantic urban redevelopment scene we are hearing the word ‘community’ used very frequently. Michael Darcy warns of the limitations of community pr ofessionals.

Turning outwards to listen to communities
Community Engagement / Community Sector / Winter 2015

Turning outwards to listen to communities

People want to make a difference but often don’t see wh at they can do that will amount to anything significant. Brian Smith explores the work of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation that is now being adopted in Australia.