The Fifth Estate: The top 10 TFE articles of 2015

The Fifth Estate: The top 10 TFE articles of 2015 (22 December 2015)

2015 has been a huge year for The Fifth Estate. Reader numbers continued to grow; we clocked up our most read, commented upon and shared story in TFE history; and the number of special projects, events and ebooks we took on seemed to grow exponentially.

Following the success of COP21 and a renewed focus on cities from our federal government and indeed the world, we leave the year hopeful for an even bigger 2016 – hopeful that our leaders now finally understand the importance of a sector we’ve been talking about for close to seven years now, and hopeful that they will now implement some concrete actions to improve its sustainability.

As we head off for the Christmas break, we’ll leave you with the top 10 stories of 2015 – there’s some scandal, some hope, some “how-to”s and a little bit of old-fashioned sustainability ingenuity to boot. See you in 2016!

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Newcastle rail cut – a solution looking for a problem

Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem

Newcastle rail cut – a solution looking for a problem

Newcastle rail cut – a solution looking for a problem

The Fifth Estate: Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem. Gavin Gatenby, EcoTransit Sydney (26 May 2015)

Last Christmas Day I rode what might be the last train out of Newcastle station – a handsome heritage terminus alongside the historic core of NSW’s second-biggest city. It was 11:22 on a brutally steamy night, and the occasion had an air of unreality rather than sadness and inevitability. Continue reading “Newcastle rail cut: a fake solution in search of a real problem” »

An artist's impression of the CBD and South East Light Rail project

Alternative light rail plan dismissed

An artist's impression of the CBD and South East Light Rail project

An artist’s impression of the CBD and South East Light Rail project

ALtMedia: Alternative light rail plan dismissed November 21, 2013

Transport for NSW has dismissed an alternative plan for the CBD and South East Light Rail project, but community group People Unite Surry Hills has vowed to respond by registering an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Continue reading “Alternative light rail plan dismissed” »

SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off

SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off (9 October 2013) So Transport Minister Gladys Berejiklian thinks it’s good news that the south-west rail link will be open a year ahead of schedule and $100 million less than the predicted $2.1 billion (”South-west railway a year ahead of Read more about SMH Letter to the Editor: Spending $2 billion on south-west rail link is a rip-off[…]

An artist's impression of light rail on Oxford St

Fresh impetus for Oxford St light rail

An artist's impression of light rail on Oxford St

An artist’s impression of light rail on Oxford St

AltMedia: Fresh impetus for Oxford St light rail April 25, 2013 

Local political and business leaders have vowed to continue the fight for light rail along Oxford St, despite the State Government’s decision to build Sydney’s first new light rail lines since the year 2000 on Devonshire St instead of Oxford St. Continue reading “Fresh impetus for Oxford St light rail” »

"The current contract is convoluted and opaque" ... Gavin Gatenby, EcoTransit. Photo: Quentin Jones

What’s stopping the light rail? An old piece of paper

"The current contract is convoluted and opaque" ... Gavin Gatenby, EcoTransit. Photo: Quentin Jones

“The current contract is convoluted and opaque” … Gavin Gatenby, EcoTransit. Photo: Quentin Jones

SMH: What’s stopping the light rail? An old piece of paper Jacob Saulwick September 17, 2011

Commuters are feeling the impact of another poorly designed public private partnership, as a stand-off between the NSW government and the operator of the light-rail line delays construction of the 5.7-kilometre extension through the inner west. Continue reading “What’s stopping the light rail? An old piece of paper” »