Fremantle Freight routes - air quality monitoring

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[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 25 May 2011]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Helen Morton


Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Environment:

(1) What air quality monitoring exists along the main freight routes accessing Fremantle port? Read more »

State Government public transport spending lacking in vision

The WA Greens spokesperson on transport Lynn MacLaren MLC said the State Budget is disappointing for its lack of vision in public transport infrastructure, but does offer significantly more buses and train carriages. Ms MacLaren also welcomed the absence of funding for the proposed Roe 8 highway.

“Quietly dropping funds for the hugely unpopular Roe 8 extension through the Beeliar wetlands is just common sense. There is simply no justification for the expense,” Ms MacLaren said.

“The additional investment in public transport announced in today’s State budget is a step in the right direction. However a major increase in the level of public transport funding will be necessary in order to tempt Perth’s commuters out of their cars and ease the pressure on both Perth’s roads and the environment,” Ms MacLaren said.
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Greens appeal to Buswell to protect Fremantle from radioactive shipments

Fremantle-based Greens MLC Lynn MacLaren has called on the State Transport Minister to halt planned shipments of rare earth with radioactive Thorium 232 through Fremantle in bags eerily similar to the ill-fated export of double-bagged Magellan lead.
“This is so much worse than the iron ore transport which the Minister has recently ruled out for our City port operations,” said Ms MacLaren, the Greens Transport spokesperson. Read more »

Greens welcome Transport Minister’s decision on iron ore exports

The WA Greens Spokesperson for Transport Lynn MacLaren cited two reasons to welcome the Transport Minister Troy Buswell’s rejection of a proposal to export iron ore through Fremantle:

"Firstly, Esperance Port invested millions in upgrading it to world’s best practice for the export of iron ore to protect residents from the dust. We simply don’t have the same safeguards in Fremantle, said Ms MacLaren.

"Secondly, Fremantle’s roads are already clogged with trucks accessing the port and the noise and pollution associated with these trucks is already at unacceptable levels. The last thing we need is more trucks on our roads," Ms MacLaren added.

The Transport Minister’s rejection demonstrates how easy it is to set standards for the port city and bypass all existing approval processes. Read more »

Paradigm shift necessary to improve road safety

At the launch of the UN’s Decade of Action for Road Safety WA Greens transport spokesperson Hon. Lynn MacLaren MLC called for a dramatic changes in transport planning to reduce deaths on our roads.

Lynn MacLaren said “Cars have been king of WA’s roads for too long. It’s time we radically redesigned our transport systems to ensure that public transport, cycling and walking are the dominant modes of transport in urban areas.” Read more »

Public Transport: 20 Year Plan

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[COUNCIL — Wednesday, 13 April 2011]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Simon O'Brien


Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I understand that the public transport 20-year plan has been with cabinet since at least early March. Read more »

Peak oil and transport planning

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[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 12 April 2011]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Simon O'Brien


Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

(1) Is the minister aware that the International Energy Agency has stated that production of conventional
crude oil peaked in 2006? Read more »

Minister should revoke Magellan’s license

Fremantle based MP Hon Lynn MacLaren MLC has called on the Environment Minister Bill Marmion to permanently revoke Magellan Metal’s license to export lead carbonate after it breached its environmental conditions for a third time. The latest breach came when lead was detected in mud stuck to the bottom of a Magellan shipping container.

“The Minister’s failure to revoke Magellan’s license to export lead carbonate reveals these contracts aren’t worth the paper they are written on,” said Ms MacLaren.

“The continual shifting of the “line not to cross” to accommodate the latest breach of Ministerial conditions would be farcical if only the issue weren’t about safety from lead poisoning”, Ms MacLaren added.
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Tier 3 rail line closures and related road upgrades

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[COUNCIL — Tuesday, 5 April 2011]
Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Simon O'Brien


Hon LYNN MacLAREN to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

I refer to the degradation and closure of tier 3 rail lines in the state’s Wheatbelt. Read more »

It's time the Government got on track

Lynn MacLaren MLC, the WA Greens transport spokesperson, has been shocked by recent revelations that train carriages were idling in a shed North of Perth while commuters were crammed into trains on the Joondalup line.

“Train carriages sitting idle in a shed was shocking news to me, as I’m sure it was to frustrated commuters,” said Ms MacLaren.
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