The Closure Of Tier 3 Rail Lines In The Central Wheatbelt

Hon LYNN MacLAREN: As a member of the Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs, I rise to note the committee’s twenty-sixth report and draw members’ attention to the minister’s response to our recommendations and my dismay that the minister did not agree with the recommendations. The committee did not come to these recommendations lightly. Read more »

Greens Defend Wheatbelt Rail Against Costly Cuts

Transport spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC today railed at the Government’s announcement to reject a Committee recommendation to ‘redo the sums.’

“Keeping Tier 3 open is a no-brainer in terms of economics, efficiency, road safety and the environment,” she said.

“We heard evidence that the earlier strategic review was flawed and new evidence showed it is far more economically sensible to invest in rail rather than roads,” said Ms MacLaren, who is a member of the Committee that recommended the business case to close the line be reviewed. Read more »

Port Geographe Canal Estate Development

Extract from Hansard [COUNCIL —Tuesday, 14 August 2012] p4792c-4792c Hon Lynn MacLaren; Hon Simon O'Brien
 Port Geographe Canal Estate Development
5602. Hon Lynn MacLaren to the Minister for Finance representing the Minister for Transport
I refer to the Port Geographe canal estate development, and I ask — Read more »

Greens support communities in fight against lead transport

Greens MLC for South Metropolitan, Lynn MacLaren, has expressed her grave concerns at the announcement today that Magellan Metals is to recommence transporting lead carbonate concentrate through to Fremantle Port.

“Magellan’s license to export lead should be revoked, and remain revoked. They have breached their own health, hygiene and environmental management plan in the past, transporting lead through Kwinana.
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Greens submission on Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2012-2021

The Office of Lynn MacLaren MLC, Greens WA spokesperson on Transport, and the Office of Senator Scott Ludlam, Australian Greens spokesperson on Transport, presented their submission on the Western Australian Bicycle Read more »

Overview of Petitions

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Standing Committee on Environment and Public Affairs — Twenty-fifth Report — “Overview of Petitions”
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Reduce congestion through ‘speed harmonisation’

It is unfortunate that the government is unable to detail peak time traffic flow rates. See Lynn's question and the government's response below.


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Encouraging adoption of low-emmission vehicles

Lynn asked a question in Parliament on whether the government has examined the impact of introducing concessions to low-emission vehicles. Unfortunately, the government had little to say on low-emission and electric vehicles.


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COUNCIL — Tuesday, 12 June 2012


Potholes in Government Bike Network Plan Exposed in Greens Submission

Greens (WA) transport spokesperson Lynn MacLaren MLC responded today to the Western Australian Bicycle Network Plan 2012-2021 released by the Department of Transport. Ms MacLaren said that after extensive consultation with community groups and cycling organisations, it was very clear that the Draft Plan fell well short of what is needed.
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Tier 3 Rail recommendations: A victory for common sense

It isn’t often, as a member of a minority party in the upper house, that one can influence government policy, but today I can point to one very powerful step in that direction.

Today, my committee released a short report with two recommendations:

1. That the WA Government keep the Central Wheatbelt Tier 3 rail lines open until the end of 2014 to enable CBH Group to demonstrate the business case for retention of these lines, and; Read more »