What do rising oil prices and accelerating climate change mean for Frankston? Is our transport system ready for a carbon-constrained future?
Learn more and become part of the solution, at our free film screening on Thursday 26th of October.
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Thursday 26 October 2006
Film starts at 7:30pm; followed by presentations and discussion
Samuel Sherlock Hall, Quality Street, Frankston (Mel 100A E8; a short walk from Frankston station)
Media release: Frankston community to discuss future vision for transport
Local response needed to high oil prices and climate change
Community groups, residents and the City of Frankston will soon chart a course for local transport towards 2025.
Frankston City councillor Glen Aitken will host the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA), Environment Victoria, at a Friends of Frankston free public meeting and film screening on 26 October. The meeting will consider appropriate local responses to growing concerns about global oil supplies, petrol prices and climate change.
“The Frankston City Council is currently undertaking community consultations to set a long-term vision for Frankston,” said Cr Glenn Aitken. “This is a perfect time to consider how Frankston residents and visitors will get around in 2025.”
“Increased petrol prices have contributed to significant growth in public transport use,” said PTUA Treasurer Kerryn Wilmot.
“Unfortunately many parts of Melbourne lack adequate services, so residents are left with no escape from rising oil prices. Many experts are predicting even higher oil prices in future, so good quality public transport is crucial to the social and economic health of Frankston.”
“Motor vehicles are one of the largest and fastest growing sources of greenhouse emissions,” said Environment Victoria Sustainable Transport Campaigner Ben Smith.
“However, we can’t expect people to get out of their cars unless adequate alternatives are provided. The transport system in 2025 will need to offer a sustainable choice suiting modern lifestyles.”
The free public meeting will also include a screening of the documentary “Peak Oil: Imposed by Nature” as part of an ongoing series of film screenings hosted by Friends of Frankston.
“There is growing evidence that cheap and easily accessible oil is starting to run out,” said Friends of Frankston spokesman Richard Laverack.
“The alternatives will be either expensive to extract, or generate an enormous quantity of greenhouse emissions. Transport and sustainability are now inextricably linked.”
The meeting will be held at Samuel Sherlock Hall, Quality St, Frankston, starting at 7:30pm on Thursday 26 October. Admission is free.
“I invite everyone who cares about the liveability and sustainability of Frankston to hear the facts, and contribute to the development of local solutions,” concluded Cr Aitken.
Media coverage of this story:
Hastings Independent, 17 October 2006: Transport planning
Frankston Independent, 17 October 2006: Transport planning
Frankston Standard Leader, 23 October 2006: Get the good oil