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A bid to get Wollongong council to investigate a light rail network for the city has failed, gaining no support from other councillors.
Liberal John Dorahy pitched the idea on Monday night, saying it could help to invigorate the CBD and improve connectivity to outer suburbs.
But the motion attracted criticism for being too costly from other councillors, with deputy mayor Tania Brown calling the concept a pipe dream.
"In a perfect world and if someone else was going to pay for it, it would be lovely to have a tram throughout our city," she said.
"But it is not council's responsibly to fund a feasibility study.
"Studies cost money and we do not have rail expertise on staff, so we would have to outsource this at considerable expense."
Labor councillor David Brown put forward an alternative motion, supported by councillors, which said any future options for public transport should be considered as part of the city's next 10 year plan.
"I think [light rail] is a solution is search of a problem, Wollongong does not have a congestion problem at present," he said.
"It's not hard to get from suburb to suburb, its not hard to get around the CBD... especially because of our beautiful green bus."
He said the council risked undermining its lobbying efforts in other areas - like the full funding of the free bus - if it were to support a light rail plan.
He also said a light rail system could cost $545 million - using Sydney light rail figures - just to link Wollongong hospital to the beach.
This article first appeared on www.illawarramercury.com.au
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