Making news this week is the South Australian government’s announcement of a new 30 year, $36 billion Transport Plan, as reported in the Adelaide Advertiser. It is the State’s first Integrated Transport and Land Use Plan, and it is now open for public comment. A collaborative effort between planning, transport and various interest groups, South Australians are encouraged to review the plan and to have their say about the State’s strategy.
A key feature of the plan is the redevelopment of the Adelaide tram network to include six new networks and an airport link, as well as an underground O-Bahn system.
The foreword by Premier, John Weatherill, says the plan “is designed to keep our state among the most liveable places on earth. It will provide the foundation for us to achieve our strategic priorities from South Australia’s Strategic Plan, including a more vibrant city; safer, healthier communities; manufacturing and mining development; and support for our premium food and wine industries”.
It is clear from comments that South Australia will be striving to maintain its position as a highly desirable location for both tourism and as a place to live. “There is a war on. The war is for the great cities of the world to compete with one another for attention … to attract and retain the best and brightest,” Premier Weatherill said. “Those young people that thought you had to leave South Australia can stay here.”