All aboard for light rail in the southern suburbs

Greens candidate for Tagney, Pete Best and South Metro MLC, Lynn MacLaren will outline their vision for light rail in the southern suburbs during a public meeting in Mt Pleasant this Thursday.

"The Greens' light rail plan for Perth is really gaining momentum and there are federal funds available for the project. If we get on board, we'll all save money on parking and car costs, it will make our roads safer and reduce pollution in suburbs like South Perth, Melville, Willetton and Canning Vale," said Pete Best.

Lynn MacLaren, MLC for the South Metropolitan Region says light rail offers commuters a more time-efficient way of getting into work than driving.

"Public transport is a great time saver and avoids parking hassles. You can catch up on your reading, use a mobile and your laptop. There's also a possibility of getting WiFi for Perth's light rail network, so it will give commuters a lot of freedom," said Ms MacLaren.

Federally, the Greens are campaigning for innovative public transport solutions to be prioritised under the National Infrastructure Fund. Everything from cycleways to light rail are being promoted.

"The Greens have launched light rail proposals in several capital cities.  We are committed to using our power in the Senate to deliver for the people of Tagney, who currently are facing the inconvenience and safety concerns of too many cars on our roads," said Mr Best.

"We're putting forward initial planning ideas so we're looking for imaginative and useful input. As far as the route is concerned, it's still a work in progress," added Mr Best.

Mr Best will also give a community update on Canning Bridge development plans and will be ready to listen to concerns and ideas.

EVENT DETAILS:

Thursday 12 August 7pm

Canning Bridge Senior Citizens Centre

64 Kishorn Rd Mt Pleasant

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Kirsty Lawson 0428 207 007

Pete Best 0418 942 476

For more information please go to www.perthlightrail.org