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Newsletter no.14 from Ald Anna Reynolds - August 2016
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Woodchip trucks through the CBD?

I recently spoke out about moves to allow trucks to transport woodchips and logs through Hobart’s streets, and for Macquarie Wharf to ­replace Triabunna as the major forestry export port of the south.  If this proposal from Forestry Minister Peter Gutwein goes ahead, up to 300,000 tonnes of forestry residue would be exported from the Hobart port each year, with about 24 extra truck movements added to city traffic each day.
I'm concerned about the amenity of both Macquarie and Davey Streets as places people live, walk along, and run their businesses. These are two of our most ­important and historic streets - there has to be a better way to deal with new freight. Putting woodchips in containers rather than in a pile at Mac Point doesn’t really address the issues.

Hobart Council is the manager of these streets and the city, and we are still waiting for the state government to put their proposal to us. But what can a local government do in these situations? According to the
Heavy Vehicle National Law, local government as road managers can put conditions to minimise or avoid the likelihood of:

> Significant risk to public safety.
> Damage to road infrastructure.
> Adverse effects on community amenity (specifically noise, emissions, congestion or dust).

Councils can also refuse an access application if the heavy vehicle journey will, or is likely to, cause damage to road infrastructure or pose a significant risk to public safety arising from heavy vehicle use that is incompatible with road infrastructure or traffic conditions.

In the next few weeks Council will be releasing a discussion paper on freight as part of the new Transport Strategy - and I'll be asking whether the Heavy Vehicle National Law gives Council an opportunity to have a serious discussion with the state government on their woodchip freight plans.

Smarter travel


Travel Demand Management - sounds exciting, doesn't it? I was inspired by hearing Rose McArthur speak about how cities can avoid expensive or drastic measures to fix congestion (like investing millions in new roads, tunnels, and clearways), and instead use the infrastructure in a smarter way. Rose helps cities deal with big spikes in traffic  - not through building more roads - but by encouraging and incentivising people to reduce car use (in particular single occupant cars all on the roads at peak times). So with traffic congestion a heated issue, I invited Rose to come to Hobart.

Rose spoke at a public forum hosted by the Council in July about how just a small change in the number of cars on the road can have a big impact on congestion. Did you know that school holiday traffic, while it feels like everyone must have left the state, is actually only a 5-10% reduction in traffic? Travel Demand Management is the use of practical and imaginative solutions to help expand the range of transport options and reduce the number of cars on the road at the peak times.

One of the best ways to roll out Travel Demand Management is when major workplaces create a travel plan for their employees. In other parts of Australia, these plans are becoming very common with large employers and City Councils. The
City of Port Phillip, for example, has developed a staff travel plan with its 800+ employees that aims to drive a year-on-year shift from car travel to greater walking, riding and public transport use.

In the two years since their TravelSmart workplace program was introduced, the staff from Department of Emergency Services in Queensland successfully met the targets of their workplace travel plan. Results include a 15% reduction in weekly car trips to work, and increased public transport trips, which now account for 15.2% of all weekly trips. Some of the activities undertaken to get these great results include workshops for cycling skills and bicycle maintenance.

Over two years at the Sunshine Coast Regional Council, their workplace travel plan has reduced vehicle kilometres travelled by 29%, increased the use of sustainable forms of transport by 18.5%, and demonstrated a marked increase in carpooling, bus travel, walking and the use of bicycles.

Wellington Council in New Zealand saw a 15% drop in Council staff driving to work in one year, by reimbursing 50% of the cost of bus and train fares for staff who caught public transport.

I recently proposed that Hobart City establish one of these Workplace Travel Plans that will assist our 600 people employees to find different ways to work or times to travel. I'm hoping the Council agrees on a great travel plan and that we inspire other big employers in the Hobart CBD to do the same. A few small and strategic changes can make a big difference.

Good neighbours


Last year, word started getting around South Hobart that contrary to public understanding, the McRobies Gully tip was actually not going to close in 2017. 

People were pretty frustrated that Council had never officially consulted with them about this plan, even though the South Hobart community has hosted landfill sites for Greater Hobart for over fifty years.

But with some conversations and advocacy, Council realised that they needed to develop a Good Neighbour Agreement, between the Council and the South Hobart community.

The draft
Good Neighbour Agreement has been produced and I would be interested in your feedback!
New ideas in New Town

The New Town community is the latest neighbourhood to create a Community Association to discuss and advance ideas and improvements for their local area. The group is keen to guide the revamp of the New Town Main Street, following their brilliant street party last September. If you’re a New Town local and want to help shape your community, why not attend their next meeting? Stay in touch at the Community Association facebook page.
Happy paddlers

The Derwent Canoe Club and Tasmanian Sea Canoeing clubs recently came to Council with a simple but important request - the need for a kayak wash down station on Marieville Esplanade. This was implemented within weeks. Too often I find that Council projects are years in the planning and even more years in the implementation, but there are so many ways that simple and inexpensive changes can make our parks and streets more accessible and useful for the community.
New urban art coming

There’s a lot of positive feedback every time I promote the urban art that Council is commissioning around the city. I guess Hobartians appreciate creativity! Four new urban art works will be emerging around Hobart between now and October - keep an eye out for work by Georgia Hill on the Lynton Avenue underpass, South Hobart. In September, two artworks will be going up in Kent Street (also known as Purdy's Mart laneway) by Jae Criddle and Amok Island. There will also be one going up on the rear wall of Collins Court by Phibs.
WHAT'S ON!

John Doggett Park
As a result of community feedback there will be an opportunity to meet with Council staff onsite at this West Hobart park and provide your feedback on the type of playground equipment that people (and importantly kids!) are keen to see. The curly slide is 30 years old and Council has to replace assets when they are well past their official 'use by' date. But the message has been received loud and clear that if it must be replaced, the community would like something really similar or better!
11am-12.30pm, Saturday 20 August (circus fun will also be onsite)
10am- 1.30am, Wednesday 24 August (games and craft also happening)

Better Hobart's city walk + talk
3pm - 4.30pm, Saturday 20 August
The bright sparks from the new
Better Hobart group are guiding a free urban planning walk to discuss the direction of Hobart's development. Meet and finish at Core Collective L1, 30 Argyle Street Hobart.

Hobart Town Hall's 150th Birthday!
10am-4pm, Sunday 25 September
This year I’ve been helping to organise a celebration of the history of Town Hall. After all you only turn 150 once! I hope you can come along to this party in September - the old Hobart trams will be parked in front of Town Hall, with part of Macquarie Street closed. There will be music and food vans in the street, tours of Town Hall, birthday cake and a bit of good old-fashioned fun!
 
Battery Point history walk
There's a new website worth checking out:
In Bobby’s Footsteps takes you on a self-guided walk around the land originally granted to the Reverend Robert ‘Bobby’ Knopwood in 1805 to build his home and establish his famous garden in Hobart’s Battery Point.

http://www.batterypointwalk.com.au
photo: Mercury

 


 


 
Traffic consultant
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photo Andrew Maver

 


 
Lynton Ave underpass




 
John Doggett Park

 


 


 
 
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Previous editions:
Newsletter 1 (Jan 2015)
Newsletter 2 (Feb 2015)
Newsletter 3 (April 2015)
Newsletter 4 (May 2015)
Newsletter 5 (July 2015)
Newsletter 6 (August 2015)

Newsletter 7 (October 2015) - street planning

Newsletter 8 (December 2015) - affordable housing
Newsletter 9 (February 2016) - bushfires and urban bushland
Newsletter 10 (February 2016) - traffic congestion special
Newsletter 11 (April 2016) - what are Aldermen there for?
Newsletter 12 (June 2016) - Council/Senate newsletter

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