Posts Tagged ‘Public Private Partnerships’

Southern Cross Station’s new Water Tower Clock

Last week a new clock was unveiled at Southern Cross Station – not a brand new one, but a 130 year old ‘Water Tower Clock’ that was originally installed at Flinders Street Station. A nice piece of heritage restored – but unfortunately the motives behind it are less than pure.

Restored Water Tower Clock now on display on the main concourse

Dandenong line upgrade and probity concerns

Yesterday Premier Denis Napthine announced a $2–2.5 billion rail project to upgrade the Pakenham and Cranbourne railway lines, to deliver a 30 per cent capacity boost to Melbourne’s south eastern suburbs. So what concerns me is a single line in the media release from the Victorian Government: “This project is the first under the Government’s […]

Still more shops at Southern Cross Station

Over the years I have been following the slow bastardisation of Southern Cross Station, as ticket barriers funnel passengers through narrow passageways, shops fill previously open spaces, and ‘pop up’ events block day to day commuters. Unfortunately these inconveniences have continued to spread, as recent works on the Bourke Street Bridge show.

Work starts on the new shops that will obstruct the Bourke Street bridge

When advertising trumps transport information

Advertising and Melbourne’s tram stops: Yarra Trams makes a stack of cash from them, leasing their infrastructure to outdoor advertising company Adshel, who then onsell the space for marketing campaigns. But when does it go too far?

Tram stop covered in advertising for Mount Buller

How Australia used to pay for infrastructure

With the 2013 Victorian and Federal budgets having been released in the past week, the spotlight is on funding major infrastructure projects across Australia. So how does the government pay for the big infrastructure projects we need to avoid choking on our own growth? And how did we do it in the old days?

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