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Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail Report: Melbourne Launch

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Welcome to this premiere event: the Melbourne launch of the Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail Report.

Wednesday, 9th April, 6.30pm. Carillo Gantner Theatre, Basement, Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne University.

Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail Report Launch
Fast public transport - image courtesy BZE

The High Speed Rail (HSR) Project is one of the research efforts of the Zero Carbon Australia research project and represents a collaboration between Beyond Zero Emissions, the German Aerospace Centre (DLR), and the University of Melbourne Energy Research Institute.

The HSR Research Director, Gerard Drew will be speaking alongside leading rail experts, and political leaders and you can book your seat here. The launch of this report provides you with a unique opportunity to engage with key figures in the debate on the future of Australian transport.

Guest speakers for the evening include John Alexander OAM (Federal Member for Bennelong), Jenny Houlihan (Mayor of Shepparton), Phil Potterton (GHD) and Jean Jammet (SYSTRA).

Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail Report Launch
HSR train in Paris 1982 - image Wikipedia

Wikipedia has an informative history of High Speed Rail.

Key findings from the HSR Report are interesting and extensive. Imagine being able to travel from Sydney to Melbourne, or Brisbane, in less then 3-hours. Or, from Melbourne to Brisbane in just under 6-hours.

Zero Carbon Australia High Speed Rail Report Launch
Construction of China's HSR began in 1999 and it now has over 8,000 kms of tracks - image Wikipedia

The proposed HSR Network would not only be within reach of 60% of the Australian population but it can also be powered by 100% renewable energy. This allows passengers the choice of an emissions free journey, and, over 40 years of operation the greenhouse gas emissions from regional travel would be reduced by 150 million tonnes. Emissions created from the HSR construction would be offset after 5 years.

The HSR Project is currently modelling a network of 21 High Speed Rail stations connecting 11 regional centres and seven major cities - Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Central Coast, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.

Regional stations are proposed for: Seymour, Shepparton, Albury-Wodonga, Wagga Wagga, Goulburn, Moss Vale, Taree, Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Grafton and Lismore. With the proposed High Speed Rail network, these regional centres would be no more than one and a half hours from one of seven major cities on the network. A network such as this would also reduce the load on Sydney Airport by 82 fewer planes a day.

Beyond Zero Emissions Inc. is a not-for-profit research and education organisation working to design and implement a zero emissions economy for Australia. Its goal is to transform Australia from a 19th century fossil fuel based, emissions intensive economy to a 21st-century renewable-energy-powered clean-tech economy.

By sharing this research with thousands of Australians through public presentations such as this, BZE are hoping to engage, educate and inspire the community with real solutions to climate change. If you are unable to attend this event, but like what BZE do, you can also donate.

RSVP here

The Sydney Launch is scheduled for April 30 at UNSW – stay tuned!
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Why? Be the first to see this ground-breaking new research
When: Wednesday 9th April 6:30pm for a 7pm start
Phone: (03) 9415 1301
Where: Carillo Gantner Theatre, Basement (Bldg 158), Sidney Myer Asia Centre, Melbourne University, Carlton.
Cost: Free but please RSVP using link in article.
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