Got a spare
two and half grand – $2,524 to be precise? Why not buy a ticket to the Sydney
Transport Summit, a two day talkfest running today and
tomorrow at the Radisson Plaza Hotel? Going by the program, the cost works out
at an economical $158 per hour.
Most of the
conference is dedicated to public transport – yet the charges would seem to
price out anyone other than ministers, their bureaucrats, oil companies,
vehicle manufacturers and road builders.
sounds good – which might be why The Sydney Morning Herald is on board as a key
sponsor. SMH editor Alan Oakley was due to kick of proceedings this morning by
making the opening remarks.
SMH has already got a nice yarn from the conference, with a preview of
opposition leader Peter Debnam’s presentation today:
Opposition is pledging to build a light rail loop through the city and has
given itself a 12-month deadline to explore extensions to Bondi, Burwood and Parramatta if it
Sydney Transport Summit, co-hosted by the Herald, the Coalition leader,
Peter Debnam, will give details of his plan to extend the Lilyfield to Central
line to Circular Quay, with a decision to be made within 90 days of taking
office on whether it should run down George or Castlereagh streets…
“I see it
as a headline project,” Mr Debnam said…
That’s a rather unfortunate choice of
words. Unfortunate but apt. “We don’t want long studies,” Debnam says.
The conference looks like a short-term
opportunity for some careful repositioning by both the SMH and the NSW Liberals
as a state election approaches – with minimal long-term benefits for Sydney’s