SCMW September committee meeting ~ 24.09.2011

B. 27Sep11 update, September forum result:

The Sustainable Canterbury group Central City Plan recommendations so far:

1. Regarding the particular rail focus for the Greater Christchurch rebuild, Sustainable Canterbury stands with the vast majority of citizen submitters who seek to “change the draft Plan!” – by promoting immediate development of a commuter rail system from Rangiora, Kaiapoi, Rolleston and Lyttelton, with dual-line and station expansion as the top priorities for what will be spent on rail, enhancing the existing rail corridor and its use. Carriage design must accomodate the numerous bicycles, prams, wheelchairs and scooters? etc that are needed in the city centre to help realise: a. efficient movement in the uncluttered “slow core” of the new central city plan; and b. economic recovery, etc. by custom (e.g. easy health service access from outside Christchurch).

2. Transport mode-change hubs / stations are needed with decision ‘1’, to connect with buses and any new passenger light rail infrastructure (that should be further consulted on). Obvious hub locations might be Papanui, Addington, Hornby, Woolston, and Moorhouse Ave (latter as proposed by the NZ Institute of Architects).

3. A full feasibility study of what the best integrated public transport system would thereafter be for Christchurch – following expenditures ‘1’ and ‘2’ – needs to take place, as budgeted in the draft Plan. A main outcome from this study should be practical means for balancing public transport infrastructure development equally across all of Christchurch city, east to west and north to south. The need is actually greatest in the east, which must be prioritised for efficient transport solutions.

4. Should light rail emerge from that study – where all other options have been equally considered – the route we are favouring so far is not the overly-expensive CBD-Ilam line in the draft Plan, but that researched by Richard Worrall (yet with modification) using diesel+electric engines, heading off from the main northern rail line at Papanui, to travel Papanui Road past St Georges Hospital, Merivale, Victoria Street, Town Hall / Convention Centre, CBD slow core, Christchurch Hospital and Hagley Park, to Addington station hub and southwards. The Addington-to-city-centre leg of this efficient commuter rail plan is probably the appropriate line to start with. But commuter light rail may yet be excluded from Christchurch city – in favour of more economical technologies – depending on what comes out of proper study under expenditure ‘3’.

5. An inexpensive private motorcar ride-sharing IT support system to be implemented ASAP, such as Avego “Real-Time Ridesharing” in Kinsale & Dublin, Ireland, Washington & San Jose, USA, & Dalian, P. R. China, or “Bus, Rail & Carsharing in Ireland” e.g.

6. Support for cycle and walk way plans in the draft, but adding enough off-street car-parking and fast bus-routes to secure the public transport corridors for the future; that is, support for the prior transport planning done under ECan aegis.

7. There does need to be some rapid transit between CBD, Riccarton (including Riccarton Bush), University of Canterbury and Lincoln. If the city is to develop its knowledge and cultural quotient, there must be stronger connections between the places of learning, business, music, art, museums and natural environment. This will be important if the universities are to be internationally regarded and attractive places for students to come to. And around these are the CRIs and Polytechs which together provide a lot of the intellectual grunt in the city and must be strengthened if a vibrant, knowledge-based city is to develop and prosper. Fast bus-routes for improved use of existing bus services should be created initially, and we must resolve any further inefficiencies around this.

Universities are potentially the power house of innovation and social/cultural stimulus. The city needs to embrace its centres of higher learning and a strong physical/transport link of some sort should be part of the plan. This applies to both Canterbury and Lincoln. Retreat from the present CBD to somewhere west, over the next century or so, depends, as with Rolleston previously, on a land bank purchased by govt to remove it from the speculators’ grasp.

Along with embracing the universities and CRIs a very strong demand needs to be registered with government that if CRIs are to be amalgamated, that the Christchurch region must not lose any more head offices, as happened recently with merger of Crop and Food with Hort Research (HO went to Auckland). If govt really believes in retaining critical mass, career paths and investment in the south, then this needs to be embedded in CERA/govt policy. Indeed more govt agencies should be relocated to the south to balance the never-ending and growing subsidies to northern centres. Govt supported TV production, from which derives other film industry activity, should be re-established in the south. There needs to be a challenge to the notion that all our eggs should be directed to the auckland basket as THE international city of nz. This has never been accepted/adopted by the rest of nz. Auckland has enough momentum to determine and pay for its own destiny. The “super south” needs a fair redistribution of long term investment/commitment, not a short term hand-out, however large that might be. Our destiny is linked to rest of South Island and we should be pulling together in this – reconnecting passenger train services and supporting Invercargill and Dunedin as much as Canterbury – moving the centre of gravity south.

8. Preserve some of the ruins. Obsessive tidying of the city is further destruction of our heritage – which has now a new (EQ) layer. This is all to do with sustainability – having a vision for the future that stands on its history in some tangible way; retaining novelty, flair and boldness so we stand out from other places.

(9. … ?)

If people support this submission format, please speak up; or if you’d like it changed or added to at all – same.

If there is major contention with this broad proposal – which opens up the range of public transport options for better attention – we will need to meet at WEA, 59 Gloucester Street, at 3pm on Sunday 2 October, to sort the matters out.

What say ye?

Kia Ora ~ Rik

A. 24.09.2011 notice: Otautahi
~ 3pm to 5pm @ WEA this Saturday, 59 Gloucester Street in Christchurch: come help us plan our next public forum and topic. Follow-on from useful work done so far around sustainable land use, renewable fuel and public transport issues. Practical features: Avego “Real-Time Ridesharing” use in Canterbury / NZ ; Tram Power “privately owned British Company dedicated to the design, development and promotion of light rail technology that is Safe, Efficient, Reliable and Affordable” + Preston Tram Power + Citytram research ; Rising sea-level threat to Christchurch “The Christchurch City Council should be working to a one-metre estimate for sea-level rise, [climate scientist Jim Salinger] said. ‘It’s the opportunity for Christchurch in its rebuild. It should be looking at at least 1m. Some local bodies in Australia are using 1m’.. Sea levels had risen about 19cm last century, with the rate increasing over the final decade” The Press 22/09/2011. …
~ Sustainable Canterbury is lobbying to realise/shift Greater Christchurch’s ‘centre of economic gravity’ to the west, north and south, through an efficient commuter rail system strengthening use of main trunk infrastructure through Rangiora and Rolleston, with reintegration of Lyttelton port town, and perhaps taking light rail through the city centre from Papanui to Addington past Cathedral Square and Christchurch Hospital. We need abundant room for bicycle and mobility chair carriage in these railcars, to help mobilise the proposed slow, compact and green Christchurch city centre with economic revitalisation. Renewable diesel for this rail transport and its connecting bus network can also drive new, sustainable industry and employment for the region. Come add your ideas this Saturday. All welcome. ~ Kia Ora

Ref. Get on the right track with city rail The Press 12/09/2011

C. + late addition idea SkyCabs “Elevated Small Group Automated Rapid Transport (ESGART).. An Alternative Transport Strategy to dramatically reduce congestion and to save Auckland the $2 billion cost of congestion each year”.

SCMW September meeting ~ light rail ~ 12.09.2011

Monday 12 September 2011, 7.30pm at WEA. Public Forum:
Presentation – Light rail transport options for Christchurch – by Richard Worrall. All welcome. More details on meeting page.

Refs. Get on the right track with city rail The Press 12/09/2011 and

Christchurch transport plan ‘risky’ 15/10/2011 :

A transport plan for a rebuilt central Christchurch has “considerable risks” and should not be approved without wider consultation, Environment Canterbury (ECan) says.

At this week’s draft central-city plan hearings, ECan chief commissioner Dame Margaret Bazley told city councillors there were “considerable risks” in the transport proposal laid out in the plan.

Changing the single transport hub system to one with multiple stations was a “substantial call” that needed careful consideration, she said. “Journey times, reliability and simplicity are all factors that are fundamental to the use of public transport to, from and through the central city,” she said.

“Moving away from the single-interchange model could jeopardise each of these.”

She said proposed street closures and changes from one-way to two-way streets could have a negative impact on public transport.

The final transport plan should account for the significant residential growth predicted for the Hurunui, Waimakariri and Selwyn districts, she said.

ECan supported the city council’s proposed investigation into a light-rail network, but it needed to ensure the links would attract enough passengers to cover costs.

Bazley said the council should also consider establishing other public transport corridors throughout the city to cater for future demand.

A final decision on the city’s transport plan needed to be made in consultation with ECan, the Selwyn and Waimakariri district councils and the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, she said.

– The Press

SCMW August meeting ~ wastewater biocrude ~ 14.08.2011

SCMRW 14Aug11 meeting notes

SCMW 14Aug11 meeting notes

Sustainable Canterbury – Mauriroa Waitaha – August meeting
held Sunday 14.08.2011, 3-5pm at the Workers’ Educational Association, 59 Gloucester Street, Christchurch.

Present: Tony Raizis, Lorna Sventivanyi, Rik Tindall, John Veitch.
Apologies: Brian Sandle.

The Oil Crisis and Waste Water to Oil public forum on a local ‘biofuel’ program that we held on Tuesday 14.08.2011 (background on meeting page):
feedback debate set our August meeting workshop agenda thus:

1. Post-earthquakes, Christchurch City Council waste-water system rebuild in what form? Was there a pressure from insurance needs over sustainable design? Criteria we promote are: conservation of the energy and nutrients involved in this waste stream, for clean water output. We support expansion of the Bromley algal-biocrude project trial to the full 400 hectare pond area it needs, incorporating all the current treatment ponds and Linwood Paddocks grazing area. This assumes all the CCC waste-water infrastructure will be reinstated (except red zones) which is most likely. There was some support within our forum for home composting systems as a preferred replacement to new sewer pipes. But a winning case is yet to be made for this that: A. can deal with all toilet waste and nutrients consistently and cleanly within a dense urban area; and B. is not actually wasteful of organic material better used elsewhere; and C. actually has significant public support. A majority of us were not convinced that waste-water system change was better than system optimisation.

2. We resolved to support the algal-biocrude project, under the following criteria: with carbon neutrality in CO2 recycling as the base condition, we wish to encourage more carbon capture and grown carbon storage from use of this process and some inert biocrude product. Thus addressing the climate change risk of global warming from growing greenhouse gas emissions.

3. Another public SCMW forum on clean water – to draw out the industry potential we have now heard about still further – to be held in October 2011.

4. Our next workshop meeting will be Sunday 11.09.2011, 3-5pm at WEA.

5. Getting the Sustainable Canterbury message out. We reviewed poor group progress with social media and forums, compared to media releases and this blog site. Our emphasis will therefore be upon the latter online communication means, using searchable keywords especially. – Rik

6. CRPS submission for ECan re green belt farmland versatile soil use for housing, and lack of transport planning, to incorporate August’s developed thinking. Discussed further. Due next day. – Tony

7. CCC Central City Plan – transport. We don’t agree with what has just been proposed: neither the city-west route for the first light rail leg, nor that Christchurch is suitable for any light rail yet. We recommend securing transport corridors now with rapid-transit bus lanes, to use sustainable biofuel and save a lot of ratepayer money; perhaps light rail much later on. Prepare a submission.

8. Voting system referendum 2011 discussed. We support MMP in this but want to see it reviewed and refined. Questions raised and yet to be decided: total number of MPs to be reduced?; party vote threshold for representation to be reduced to 4%? ..?

9. Another public SCMW forum – Richard Worrall on ‘The light rail system that Christchurch needs’ – A Monday or Wednesday night in September, if we can.

..more detail soon

Kia ora

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