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Posted in Policies by Maeztri on November 11th, 2008

The section below is republished with permission from the Going Solar Transport Newsletter #84, 4 November 2008, compiled by Stephen Ingrouille. Going Solar newsletter provides an excellent commentary on local sustainable transport issues in Melbourne.

“If Australia is to maintain our prosperity, our cities must become more productive, more competitive, more innovative. At the same time they must be sustainable. … To make our cities more liveable and to improve the quality of life and sense of community for all who live in them. For this to happen we must have a long term vision for our cities. … Meeting the climate change challenge requires a whole of government approach which must include the planning of our cities. We must engage in the debate about the impact of alternative urban policy visions on climate change. For example,this is an important context when we are debating the planning of higher density housing alongside better public transport corridors. Or considering decentralised commercial centres which minimise the need for people to travel long distances to work, and provide community infrastructure where people live. …

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