The Queensland government has decided to re-invest savings from the scrapped carbon tax towards public transport — now they want your help to decide exactly where it goes.
It’s up to you to decide whether you’d rather pay less for your travel or enjoy more buses, trains and ferries.
“With the carbon tax gone the Government now has more money to improve services for families,” Premier Campbell Newman said.
“We are calling on Queenslanders to tell us how the carbon tax savings should be spent, a five per cent reduction in fares or more public transport services.”
Voting opened yesterday, and Transport and Main Roads Minister Scott Emerson says more than 1,600 Queenslanders have already had their say about what to do with the carbon tax savings, which amount to about $30 million a year.
“The choice is simple,” Mr Emerson said. “Either a five per cent cut and freeze to fares in 2015 for all metropolitan and regional government public transport services, or up to 1000 additional services across bus, train and ferry.
“Whatever the public chose would be a win for public transport as we continue to improve affordability, frequency and the reliability of the network. If people choose a reduction in fares, a regular weekday passenger travelling from Brisbane to Chermside or Carindale could save an additional $99 a year.”
You can take the survey at translink.com.au (or call 13 12 30). It will close at midnight on Sunday 14 September.