Draft strategy approved

Public councillors gave their tick of approval this week.

The draft document outlined key transport challenges facing the city and proposed initiatives designed to tackle them over the next 30 years.

That included everything from a multimillion-dollar central city upgrade, aimed at improving the city's flagging road safety statistics, to plans for an eastern freight bypass, although new projects and their costs were yet to be confirmed.

Councillors voted to endorse the document for public consultation when it went before the council's planning and environment committee on Tuesday.

Cr Jinty MacTavish praised staff for the ''quality, succinct'' report, and hoped for ''high quality'' community feedback.

Cr Lee Vandervis supported the document's long-term view, but suggested it did not go far enough in planning for the rise of electric bikes and a ''whole spectrum of electric vehicles''.

That ''revolution'' would see cyclists and motorists coming together on roads, rather than demanding separate facilities, and the council needed to plan for that eventuality, he said.

The vote meant a month of public consultation on the document would begin on July 20, council transportation planning manager Sarah Connolly said.

That would be followed by a public hearing and deliberations before a final strategy was presented to councillors for approval in September.

Councillors voted to appoint a four-person hearings panel, drawn from Mayor Dave Cull and Crs Kate Wilson, Teresa Stevenson, Andrew Noone, Vandervis and MacTavish.


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