Andrew supports restoring passenger rail across Tasmania. In particular, he is a strong advocate for a Northern Suburbs Light Rail from Hobart to Brighton because it will link communities, reduce road congestion, save money and help clean up the environment. He has raised the issue repeatedly in the media and before the 2014 state election distributed leaflets urging the then Premier and Opposition Leader to commit to light rail if elected. He believes that Labor, the Liberals and the Greens are all failing on light rail and has urged all parties to commit to funding the project.
Andrew has welcomed Federal Government investment in Tasmanian roads, including upgrades to the Brooker Highway roundabout and the Midland Highway. He is also active on a number of road safety issues and frequently lobbies the State Government and councils to improve road quality and safety.
One of the major brakes on economic development in Tasmania is the cost of getting people, vehicles and freight across Bass Strait.
In 2015, the Federal Government announced a $203m expansion to the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme which was welcome, but a sensible subsidy is still required for all passengers, vehicles and freight to remove Tasmania’s geographic disadvantage. Andrew has lobbied successive federal governments to reduce the crippling cost of Bass Strait and will continue to highlight the need for further investment.
There is also an urgent need for the Tasmanian and Federal governments to do something about the Victorian Government’s $75m Port Licence Fee which is a tax on interstate trade and unconstitutional.
Bike riding is environmentally sustainable, inexpensive, healthy and often convenient.
The Denison area is ideally suited for bike lanes due to the close proximity of the Hobart CBD with the outer suburbs. Andrew was pleased that his intervention helped extend the bike lane from Claremont to Austins Ferry.
Improved cycling infrastructure would make commuting by bike both safer and easier, and an increase in secure parking for bicycles in and around the CBD, university and schools would complement such infrastructure. Andrew supports the Bicycle Network’s proposal for a $240m national bike fund to fund bicycle infrastructure, and the Build for Bikes program which would ensure bike infrastructure is included as a part of all federally-funded projects.
Schools, the university and employers should be given government support to encourage people to commute by bike. An example of this may be some form of incentive for employees who use bikes as a primary form of transportation. And schools and parents should be encouraged to work together to provide children with a safe and easy way to cycle to and from school. This would teach children from a young age both the health and environmental benefits of commuting by bike. The Government should also fund a national preventative health campaign that encourages physical activity.
Andrew supports the Greens plan for cycling that would, among other things, establish an Active Transport Fund, ensuring that bicycle infrastructure is considered in federal transport funding, fixing bike blackspots and investing in active transport.