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Sustainable Transport for Far North Queensland

Eligibility - Queensland citizens

Principal Petitioner:

Peter Hitchcock
PO Box 1133

Total Signatures - 917

Sponsoring Member: Hon Desley Boyle MP

Posting Date: 13/11/2008

Tabled Date: 13/11/2008

Responded By: Hon John Mickel MP on 16/01/2009

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland
The petition of citizens of Queensland draws the attention of the House to the severity of the threats stemming from climate change and peak oil, and the need, therefore to commit to renewable energy as a fundamental part of any transport response to climate change and peak oil, to translate the State Government aim of sustainable transport into policies capable of that aim, and to proactively embrace public transport for Cairns and region. Your petitioners therefore request the House to ensure, as an exemplary action, that the final FNQ 2025 plan: • Adopt as a guiding principle the fundamental link between renewable energy and sustainable transport. • Set a minimum 40% reduction target for the region's greenhouse gas emissions by 2025 in the statutory regulations. • Adopt a proactive approach to public transport and rail freight, rather than the reactive approach advocated in the FNQ 2025 draft. • Adopt a substantially higher target for public transport use within Cairns - not the proposed minimum target of 10% by 2036, but at least 40% by 2025. • Immediately commit to a rail-based 'spine' for a renewable energy based public transport system for Cairns (incorporating the existing Gordonvale-CBD-Redlynch rail as the first stage).