Canberra Conversation Lecture Series

Light at the end of the tunnel or just blowing smoke? The Case for Canberra's Light Rail

Thu 29 October 2015The Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis / 12.30pm-1.30pmFunction Room, Theo Notaras Multicultural Centre at the North Building 180 London Circuit, CANBERRA CITY

The 6th Institute for Governance and Policy Analysis Canberra Conversation invites Professor Barbara Norman and Dr David Hughes to deliberate the possibility of a light rail in Canberra. Each speaker will make brief presentations, before opening up the conversation to the audience.  The Canberra Conversation Series is a monthly event that provides a neutral space for bringing together experts from academia, practice and the private sectors to debate critical human interest, governance and administrative issues. It is Co Convened by IGPA Professorial Fellow Jon Stanhope AO and Communications & Events Officer Ellen Grady.



Dr David Hughes:  David Hughes has been an academic, consultant, public servant, and political adviser. He was manager of major project analysis and director of the economics branch in ACT Treasury from 2002 to 2005. Before that, he worked in the Audit Office, where he examined the Bruce Stadium project.

Professor Barbara Norman:  Barbara Norman is the Foundation Chair of Urban and Regional Planning in the Faculty of Business, Government and Law, University of Canberra. Professor Norman is Director of Canberra Urban and Regional Futures (CURF) and an Adjunct Professor with The Australian National University. She is a Life Fellow and past national president of the Planning Institute of Australia and Life Honorary Fellow of the Royal Town Planning Institute (UK). Barbara has a substantial professional background having worked at all levels of government and run her own practice.

Background Reading

David has written a series of articles for Fairfax Media on the light rail. You can read them below:

Why the Gungahlin tram line is 'flawed' and the claimed benefits don't stack up
(Canberra Times, Oct 2014)

ACT government chooses 'wrong mode, wrong alignment' for Gungahlin tram
(Canberra Times,Oct 2014)

Fantasy: The case for light rail in Gungahlin
(Canberra Times, Oct 2014)

Light rail supporters continue to miss the mark
(Sydney Morning Herald, June 2015)

Light rail jobs claims don't stake up
(Canberra Times, 2015)


Through her posistion at CURF, Barbara and colleagues have completed research and an op-ed on the light rail. You can read them below:

Light rail transit and residential density in mid-size cities (pdf)

Transport Oriented Urban Transformation: Contribution to urban futures (pdf)

Canberra light rail has benefits for all in a sustainable 21st century 
(Canberra Times, 2014)


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