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Public meeting to set Wgtn's transport priorities

Public meeting to set Wellington's transport priorities

Green MP Sue Kedgley has organised a public meeting next Tuesday (March 16) to ask Wellingtonians what regional transport projects they think should be funded in the next financial year.

"The Wellington Regional Council has established a list of what it considers the top priority transport projects for the region, which is then used by Transit and Transfund to decide which projects they should fund," said Ms Kedgley. "That's done in-house, with no chance for Wellingtonians to have their say.

"Transport is one of the issues Wellingtonians feel most passionately about, and we believe it is critical that they are consulted on what transport projects they believe deserve priority funding in the region."

Ms Kedgley said she had repeatedly asked the Regional Council to undertake such a consultation, but without success.

"So we have decided to organise a public meeting so that Wellingtonians can have their say about what transport projects they think are the top priorities in our region, and which should be funded in the next financial year."

Participants will be asked to fill out forms indicating their preferences for the top transport priorities in the region. The results of the consultation meeting will be presented at the next meeting of the Wellington Regional Land Transport Committee.

Speakers include: Chairperson of the Regional Land Transport Committee Councillor, Terry McDavitt Wellington City Councillor and Deputy Chairperson of the Infrastructure Committee, Celia Wade-Brown User Representative, Regional Land Transport Committee, Brent Efford Lawyer, Tom Bennion Green MP, Sue Kedgley.

What: Public Consultation Meeting on Wellington's transport priorities When: 7:30pm Tuesday 16th March, 2004 Where: Crossways Community House, Cnr Brougham & Elizabeth Streets

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