A diverse range of TravelSmart programmes are being implemented by state, territory and local governments around Australia.
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability Australia/New Zealand (ICLEI - A/NZ) are facilitating local governments in Australia to initiate Travel Demand Management strategies via the Sustainable Transport Project under the Cities for Climate Protection.
The Australian Government in collaboration with South Australia, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia and the ACT recently funded the National Travel Behaviour Change Project. Over a five-year period, this project will see 186,000 households reduce distances travelled in Australia by over three billion car kilometres. One million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions will be saved, which is equivalent to reducing emissions from over 250,000 cars in one year.
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TravelSmart New South Wales
In partnership with the Australian Government's Travel Demand Management Initiative 2005-2007, the NSW Government is delivering a School Travel Plan Project. The project will address the dramatic increase in car reliance for the journey to school by trialling a school travel plan approach. Secondary students through fifteen schools in the Inner Sydney area will be encouraged to choose more sustainable and physically active modes of travel (walking, cycling and public transport). The approach will engage students, parents and schools in identifying barriers and solutions; active travel to school days; and cycle proficiency training. It will fund minor infrastructure improvements; provide transport access guides and other information.
Contact: Juliet Grant
During 2003-2005 the NSW Government engaged with over 5,800 households and some schools, workplaces and community groups in Ermington and Woy Woy in trialling travel behaviour change approaches.
Contact: TravelSmart NSW
In partnership with the Australian Government's Travel Demand Management Initiative 2005-2007, the Northern Territory Government is delivering the NT TravelSmart Workplaces program. The focus for this initial TravelSmart trial in the Territory will be on government workplaces in the Darwin-Palmerston region. Using a staff survey of more than 800 employees to determine current travel behaviour, TravelSmart Workplace plans will be developed to address the dominance of car travel for the journey to work (82 per cent of all trips to work in Darwin). Three key government workplaces will be engaged in implementing these TravelSmart plans supporting and encouraging employees to walk, cycle, use public transport, carpool and tele-commute.
The project supports key actions in the Northern Territory Government's strategies on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the community's health and fitness levels.
Contact: Gail Cumming
In partnership with the Australian Government's Travel Demand Management Initiative 2005-2007, the Queensland Government will commence the TravelSmart Partnership with Service Changes Project in early 2006. The Project will establish a partnership for a Communities TravelSmart initiative as part of a service change rollout for public transport service changes taking place in a major regional city in Queensland. The project will maximise opportunities for marketing wider sustainable transport options to households, provided by service timetable changes.
Contact: Graham Lunney
During 2003-2005 TravelSmart Queensland piloted two projects with the support of the Australian Government. The TravelSmart Destinations Chancellor Park project, involved green travel and transport planning for Chancellor Park, a new area in the Sunshine Coast, which includes several schools and a university. The TravelSmart Suburbs Townsville Pilot was a voluntary travel behaviour change project using Individualised Marketing (IndiMark) technique to encourage reduction of private vehicle use.
For more information: www.transport.qld.gov.au/Home/General_information/Travelsmart/
TravelSmart South Australia
In partnership with the Australian Government's Travel Demand Management Initiative 2005-2007, the South Australian Government is delivering the TravelSmart Workplace Programme. This initiative will engage workplaces in three Regional Activity Centres in metropolitan Adelaide through partnerships with three Local Governments and businesses in the Regional Centres. Key results will include reductions in vehicle kilometers travelled and the development of better tools, techniques and incentives for workplaces to support ongoing travel behaviour change strategies.
Contact: Rapsodie Barbour
During 2002-2005 TravelSmart South Australia piloted three projects with the support of the Australian Government. The Green Travel Challenge was developed as part of a suite of resources produced through the TravelSmart SA Schools programme.
The TravelSmart to Win project involved the delivery of an event over a four week period in March 2004 in workplaces across six local government areas in metropolitan Adelaide. Workplace employees competed to reduce single occupancy car travel by car pooling, walking, cycling and/or catching public transport when travelling to and from work.
The TravelSmart Interactive Website project provides a content rich focal point for community groups, individuals, schools and other interested parties to engage with the TravelSmart SA programme.
For more information: www.transport.sa.gov.au/environment/travelsmartsa/index.asp
In partnership with the Australian Government's Travel Demand Management Initiative 2005-2007, the Tasmanian Government is trialling the TravelSmart UTAS - Sandy Bay Campus project. The project will test a travel behaviour change intervention with households in Tasmania. First year university students and their households will be targeted for participation, as there is opportunity to influence travel patterns while changes in lifestyle are occurring. The project will support the behaviour change intervention with other measures including a carpooling programme, promotion of walking and cycling options and infrastructure improvements for access to the campus by public transport.
Contact: David Hope
In partnership with the Australian Government's Travel Demand Management Initiative 2005-2007, the Victorian Government is conducting the TravelSmart Local Project. This project involves partnerships with local governments to achieve small-scale travel behaviour interventions in communities and localities such as commercial centres, residential areas, culturally and linguistically diverse communities. Six Councils/Shires in Victoria are supporting communities to increase walking, cycling, public transport, smarter car use and trip substitution to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Best practice arising from these projects will be promoted among other Councils.
Contact: Tara Watson
The Ride to Work and Beyond! Project initiated by TravelSmart Victoria was supported by the Australian Government from 2002-2005. The project evaluated the behaviour change impacts of the Ride to Work annual event run by Bicycle Victoria, and developed a methodology for maximising the behaviour change impacts and to encourage the changes to become habits. The methodologies were then applied to workplaces in numerous local government areas.
For more information: www.travelsmart.vic.gov.au
TravelSmart Western Australia
In partnership with the Australian Government's Travel Demand Management Initiative 2005-2007, the Western Australian Government is delivering the TravelSmart Local Government Officers project. This will involve the expansion of the existing programme to six Local Governments. The programme will support new officers through training and guidance to achieve milestones. These include: developing TravelSmart Action programmes for Councils; integrating travel information and behaviour approaches into the broader policies of Councils; developing local travel information for community events and destinations; engaging with the private sector; developing green transport plans for employees; assisting communities in promoting travel alternatives; and measuring reductions in vehicle kilometers travelled.
Contact: Kylie Murphy
During 2002-2005 the TravelSmart Workplace programme supported workplaces in Green Travel Plan implementation. The TravelSmart Schools Regional Pilot programme expanded the existing TravelSmart to School programme to allow young people in regional areas to become engaged for the first time with the TravelSmart promotional play and the curriculum programme. The TravelSmart Local Government Officer programme supported seven metropolitan Perth local governments to employ TravelSmart Officers.
For more information: www.dpi.wa.gov.au/travelsmart
International Council for Environmental Initiatives
The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) is an international association of local governments implementing sustainable development. Information about the functions and activities of ICLEI is available here.
Cities for Climate Protection| |
Many Councils in Australia are participating in the international Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) campaign, representing 8 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions, and the numbers are growing. CCP is a campaign of ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI).
The Australian Government, in partnership with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability - Australia/New Zealand (ICLEI - A/NZ) have developed the Cities for Climate Protection (CCP) Program. Through Milestone 1, CCP Councils discover the large contribution of the transport sector to total greenhouse emissions.
Travel Demand Management
In response to this, the ICLEI-A/NZ Sustainable Transport Unit has been created.
The aim of the Unit is to promote the implementation of Travel Demand Management (TDM) initiatives in CCP Australia Councils via the provision of TDM information, as well as the Sustainable Transport Project.
The Sustainable Transport Project adopts a milestone approach, assisting CCP councils to accelerate greenhouse gas abatement in the community and corporate sector. The Sustainable Transport Project provides systems and tools that assist local governments to:
- identify regional and local opportunities that support a sustainable transport system
- integrate these opportunities into relevant policies and strategies
- refine quantification methods and develop a business case for sustainable transport initiatives
- add to an information base of challenges and successful strategies
- strengthen networks with other councils and transport stakeholders.
CCP Travel Demand Management (TDM) Module
In 2002-2003, ICLEI-A/NZ, in partnership with the Australian Greenhouse Office, developed the CCP Travel Demand Management (TDM) Module to promote and profile sustainable transport initiatives of Australian CCP councils. The module included funding of up to $4,000 per M5 council that has committed to the CCP Plus programme. The funding assisted CCP councils identify suitable TDM options for cost-effective implementation within their corporate operations and the community.
The two key resources to emerge from the TDM Module were the creation of detailed case studies and local government TDM reports:
- Case Studies: The Community Transport case studies and Council Transport case studies profile Local Government TDM implementation, nationally and internationally.
- TDM Reports: The TDM Reports were completed by 26 CCP Plus councils in 2002-04 using the Travel Demand Assistance Package provided by Australian Greenhouse Office.
These materials can be found on the Sustainable Transport Initiatives & Case Studies page of the ICLEI-A/NZ Sustainable Transport website once CCP councils are logged in.