21 Apr, 2016

Light Rail Summit Outcomes

The Lord Mayor’s Light Rail Summit has been a great success, with mayors agreeing on positive ways forward on light rail plans.

Representatives from Councils within the AdeLINK network agreed to:

  • Make light rail a key priority
  • Provide in principle support for AdeLINK and to take this back to respective Councils for endorsement
  • Participate in the development of the State Government’s business case for AdeLINK
  • Consider all funding options (but are not in favour of new taxes on the community)
  • Reconvene within 2-4 weeks to further discuss outcomes

Mayors and CEOs of inner-metropolitan Councils had a productive session with the Minister after the Summit on the role local government could have in the funding, design and delivery of light rail in Adelaide.

Lord Mayor Martin Haese said it was pleasing for Councils to come together for the very first time to identify their role in light rail delivery.

“I’ve previously said that it’s important for local government to explore opportunities for light rail expansion together, and we did that today in a constructive session,” said Martin.

“We all agreed that there’s a strong link between transport outcomes and economic development.”

Councils in attendance at the mayors’ session were City of Adelaide, City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, City of Unley, City of Mitcham, City of Prospect, City of Port Adelaide Enfield, City of Charles Sturt, City of Marion and City of West Torrens.

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Matthew Halliwell