ACT Light Rail, the peak light rail lobby group in the Australian Capital Territory, have been attempting (with marked success) to make inroads into the local consciousness ahead of the next local election. Touting members from Community Councils, all political parties, environmental groups and members of the general public, ACT Light Rail hoist a single-issue banner and hoist it high. Given that the idea of light rail has been in the ACT Government’s political discourse for over two decades, it is possible that this convergence of efforts may be the proverbial straw.
Most recently, an ad by another local environmental group, Canberra Loves 40%, who are promoting a 40% reduction in carbon emissions in the ACT, was aired during this Sunday’s Canberra Raiders NRL match. As Phoebe Howe, spokesperson for Canberra Loves 40%, noted, “It's great that we get to kick off our video at the Titan's match, because at their home turf at the Gold Coast a new light rail system is being built right now.” The video (which you can watch at here) shows fans going to and from the stadium via light rail rather than buses. It remains to be seen how many more local institutions support the initiative but (for all the shit-arse nothing it’s worth) it has support here.