Mayors call state's bluff on light rail (SMH)

Inner-City mayors have called the State Government's bluff, agreeing to help fund a feasibility study into light rail throughout the inner west.

The mayors, led by Sydney City's Clover Moore and Leichhardt's Jamie Parker, yesterday agreed to contribute up to $60,000 to examine the viability of extending the light rail from Lilyfield to Dulwich Hill.

The Government had made progress on the plan dependent on financial help from councils.

At a meeting of inner-city mayors at Sydney Town Hall yesterday, Cr Moore said she could simply press the "print" button on almost 50 feasibility studies the council had completed over the past decade into light rail for the central business district and surrounding neighbourhoods. Cr Parker told the Herald that Leichhardt, Ashfield and Marrickville councils had already set aside $60,000 from their "greenways project" to spend on a study.

"There's no doubt opposition from some in the cabinet to this proposal so it's important that the councils and the community be one step ahead of this manoeuvring," he said.

read more at the Sydney Morning Herald

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