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Independent Candidate for Legislative Council Seat of Nelson proposes joint venture to trial free peak hour buses between Kingston and Hobart to beat congestion

Lawyer and human rights advocate, Richard Griggs, today formally announced his candidacy as an Independent for the Legislative Council Seat of Nelson.

“I’m standing to be the next Independent Member for Nelson because if we lose this seat to the political parties we all lose out in the long run,” Mr Griggs said.

“Independents in the Upper House can protect the community by weeding out the bad ideas that can come from political parties.

“For example, the State Government’s policy to water down gun ownership laws was way out of touch with community sentiment but could have been pushed into law quickly had it not been for the Independent Upper House.

Independent Members can also propose solutions to problems their electorate faces. Mr Griggs hit the campaign trail running by detailing his proposal for a three way joint venture between the State Government, Hobart City Council and Kingborough City Council to trial free Metro bus travel between Kingston and Hobart CBD in morning and afternoon peak hour.

Mr Griggs released correspondence he has written to the Infrastructure Minister, Hobart Lord Mayor and Kingborough Mayor urging consideration of his transport solution (attached).

“Voters recently installed two ‘can do’ leaders in Anna Reynolds and Dean Winter and the timing is perfect for the State Government to partner with their two councils to trial free peak hour buses on the Southern Outlet, Channel Highway and Sandy Bay Road to combat congestion. Kingborough is the fastest growing area of Tasmania and investment in its transport infrastructure has not kept up.

“Previous short term trials have led to a 14% increase in patronage so the prospects for a longer term trial are an exciting opportunity to cut congestion to and from the Hobart CBD.

“The State Government are investigating adding a fifth land to the Southern Outlet and establishing clear-ways on selected streets in the Hobart CBD. These strategies will cater for existing traffic but will do nothing to actually reduce reliance on car travel or deal with congestion in a proactive way.

“Innovative solutions are needed and we have the perfect opportunity between now and when a decision is made on the fifth lane to trial free buses and gather some detailed data on what difference it makes to congestion”, Mr Griggs concluded.

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letter to Rockliff, Reynolds and Winter copy

Richard Griggs background 

36 years old

Lived or worked in the Nelson electorate for 32 years

Works in Sandy Bay as an in-house lawyer for the University of Tasmania

Married with two young children

Previous employment – policy officer Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries and Water (3 years); senior policy officer Office of the Tasmanian Economic Regulator (2 years); senior advisor in two State and Territory Parliaments (4 years)

Volunteer roles – current Tasmanian Director of Civil Liberties Australia (5 years). Previous board member of the Hobart Community Legal Service

Initiator of the Tasmanian Human Rights Act Campaign

Graduated from Hutchins School (2000) and University of Tasmania (2005)

Admitted as a barrister and solicitor (2006)

Independent – not a member of any political party

Richard Griggs

Independent Candidate

Legislative Council Seat of Nelson

www.richardgriggs.com.au

Facebook: RichardGriggsIndependent

Twitter: @rich_griggs

Election day is 4 May 2019. Map of Electorate of Nelson

Authorised by Nick Griggs – 6 Chesham Place, Sandy Bay

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Rob Halton

    November 23, 2018 at 2:45 pm

    I doubt very much if the serious commuter would have time to mess around changed from his/her car in Kingston then catching a free bus to Hobart unless the person is actually working or retired in the CBD not far from where the bus pulls up in town and has no other commitments apart from travelling directly back home to Kingston later in the day.

    By all means give it a trial run and lets assess the demand and success or otherwise, it mat generate a few pluses!

    Really we need to get serious about the fastest growing and most desirable suburb in the State and that is Kingborough rapidly extending into the Channell and Huon, not Brighton or Sorell or the city.

    Ultimately what is required is a road bypass BEHIND the city tunnelling from the south behind Tolmans Hill bridging across South Hobart near Cascades over Mc Robbies gully behing Knocklofty and heading via the lower foothill of Mt wellington and joining the Brooker Hwy somewhere between Elwick and Claremont.

    Tasmania has not got a hope in hell of advancing with population growth unless it provides sufficient modern infrastructure such as modern highways connecting Greater Hobart to its neighboring suburbs and towns, the area to the south of Hobart poses a significant topographical problem that ultimately has to be overcome by adopting the expansive modern Europen model where advanced roading networks through countries like Switzerland, France ,Scandinavia and the Balkans, given their rough terrain are leap years in front of Australia in particular Tasmania which seems to be still grappling with its Colonial past and dulled witted state governments.

    The ever important study that is URGENTLY required to modernise roading infrastructure within Greater Hobart must be a part of City Deal.

    Richards initiative is an interim measure but give it a try!

    • pat synge

      November 23, 2018 at 5:57 pm

      “Tasmania has not got a hope in hell of advancing with population growth unless it provides sufficient modern infrastructure such as modern highways connecting Greater Hobart to its neighboring suburbs and towns, the area to the south of Hobart poses a significant topographical problem that ultimately has to be overcome by adopting the expansive modern European model”

      The chicken or the egg?
      What population density is desirable?
      Perhaps we are moving past “peak traffic”?
      The “European Model” integrates good public transport systems.

  2. pat synge

    November 23, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Good luck, Richard.

    The idea of a free (or low-cost) shuttle bus service between Kingston and Hobart CBD during peak hours has fallen on deaf ears in the past, but it would appear to make a lot of sense.

    Maybe we have moved on and the new councils will listen. But will the state government?

    A free car park at the Huntingfield end of the bypass would suit commuters from further south with a couple of pickups in town.

    The savings in road improvements and new inner city car parks should more than pay for the service. Users would save in car parking fees and would probably get to work quicker, especially if a T3 lane for buses, taxis and cars with more than 2 people is provided.

    The buses should have free wifi and GPS tracking to let passengers know exactly when they are arriving etc.

    I won’t be holding my breath.

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