In 2011 the Australian Government released a series of reports and discussion papers when calling for
submissions from the public regarding the future directions of the Australian nation.
Department of Infrastructure and Transport.
● Our Cities - building a productive,
sustainable and liveable future - 2010 Discussion Paper
● State of Australian cities 2010
Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities.
● Setting up Australia for the
● Demographic Change and Liveability Panel Report
● Sustainable Development Panel Report.
Common themes throughout these reports and discussion papers included:-
● Improved public transport
● Reducing congestion in our cities
● Energy efficiency
● Reducing emissions
● Water harvesting and conservation including building alternative
potable water sources
In his foreword to “Our Cities - building a productive, sustainable and liveable future - 2010 Discussion
Paper”, the then Minister for Infrastructure and Planning, The Hon. Anthony Albanese wrote:-
“The way our cities develop to accommodate
growth and adapt to change will be critical to maintaining their status as some of the best cities in the
This means that we need to focus on better
design and management of urban systems to reduce the economic and environmental costs of current urban models.
This includes providing real alternatives in transport to reduce our dependence on private motor vehicles.
Greater diversity of lifestyle choices, improved accessibility and affordability, and less carbon dependent
ways of living need to be considered and adopted.
High on the Australian Government’s agenda
is the need to provide jobs; better integrate land use and infrastructure planning; invest in modern public
transport; protect transport, energy and communications corridors and provide buffers to significant strategic
infrastructure such as ports and airports; balance greenfields and infill development, while ensuring an
adequate supply of affordable housing; reduce our resource consumption but at the same time prepare for the
unavoidable impacts of climate change; and secure future water, energy and food supplies. Better planned cities
and better services will make a real difference to improving social equity in our
On page 8 of this report:-
“The Bureau of Infrastructure, Transport
and Regional Economics (BITRE 2007) estimates that the avoidable cost of road congestion is currently in excess
of $10 billion per annum, and that this cost will continue to rise over the coming decade, reaching around $20
billion nationally by 2020 if we continue ‘business as usual’.”
On page 9 of this report:-
“The transport challenges facing our cities
are considerable and the solutions are complex and long-term, requiring more sophisticated approaches than just
building more roads. People and businesses need genuine alternatives to reduce their reliance and dependence on
Also on page 9 under “Addressing the challenges”
“...... steps towards a truly national freight
transport system with an agreed national regulatory framework that will reduce transport costs and help lift
productivity and safety.”
On Page 13 of this report under “Sustainability”:-
“...... encouraging planning and
development of more energy efficient, low carbon urban forms and transport systems”
“...... investing in technology and
infrastructure which delivers services and goods to communities and businesses more
“...... improving transport options and
reducing our dependence on private motor vehicles in urban areas”
On page 24 of this report under “Improving economic infrastructure”;-
“In Australian cities, productivity is
directly linked to infrastructure that supports the economy. In comparison with other countries, Australia
relies heavily on its transportation sector, which accounted for 4.7% of GDP in 2007–08 (BITRE 2009),
continuing a growing contribution over the past 20 years.
Ensuring that infrastructure can adequately provide for economic growth,
population growth and transport demands is a constant challenge. Freight and passenger transport between major
cities is projected to double by 2025 (BITRE 2009a).”
The MonoCab VRT transport solution addresses most, if not all, of the concerns and goals raised in these