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East West Link campaign wins Community Service of the Year Award

Yarra’s Australia Day awards were presented at Council’s annual Australia Day citizenship ceremony held on 26 January 2015

We accepted this Community Service of the Year Award on behalf of all those countless people & community groups who’s selfless actions have literally saved inner Melbourne, greater Melbourne and the entire state of Victoria from a deluge of heartache, financial mismanagement, dodgy deals and a whole pile of unknown nasty stuff.

Our collective victory in 2014 against the East West Link is the beginning of a much larger campaign for this state: world class public transport to be built across all of Victoria. Come and join us!

No East West Tunnel – Take the pledge: Community Tunnel Picket | Public Transport Not Traffic (PTNT)
Residents Against the Tunnel (RAT) | Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport
Yarra Climate Action Now | Music: “No Tunnel No Way” by Tunnel Vision Song Contest

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East West Link: The end has a start


ABC News Victoria segment about negotiating the end of this dud project, and subsequent news articles on possible Victorian government developments on special legislation to block consortium compo claims due to Napthines dodgy side letter. BTW, is Joe the Hockey still crossing his fingers in futile hope this monstrosity gets built?

Guardian: East West Link: Labor admits it will have to reach compensation settlement (20 January 2015)
Some members of the consortium that was due to build Melbourne’s dumped toll road are reportedly demanding $1.2bn. Labor has backtracked on a Victorian election promise that no compensation would be paid for scrapping Melbourne’s East West Link just two months after coming to power. Before the election, Labor leader Daniel Andrews said no compensation would be paid, and the contracts “aren’t worth the paper they’re written on”. Labor wrote to the East West Connect consortium in December requesting a halt to work on the controversial road tunnel project that was approved by the previous state government.

The Age: Daniel Andrews won’t rule out using parliament to block East West Link compensation. Richard Willingham, State Political Correspondent. (20 January 2015)
‘Dud project': An artist’s impression of East-West Link, which Daniel Andrews has vowed to scrap. Premier Daniel Andrews could use special legislation to avoid paying more than $1 billion in compensation to the East West Link consortium. The state government may have to make the payments to the East West Connect consortium, as flagged by then treasurer Michael O’Brien before the election last year. On Tuesday, Mr Andrews would not rule out using legislation to avoid paying compensation. The Greens, who hold a critical five votes in the upper house, would support any such move.

ABC: East West Link: Government will not rule out legislating to avoid paying compensation (20 January 2015)
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has refused to rule out introducing legislation to avoid paying compensation over dumping Melbourne’s East West Link project. The Government is in talks with the companies contracted to build the road and has refused to discuss the amount of compensation it could be facing under the project’s secret contract. In Opposition, Mr Andrews maintained there would be no compensation payable because the contract was not valid. He said he would not rule out passing legislation to avoid paying compensation.

Victory Street Party: celebrating the demise of East West Link

13 December 2014: Victory Street Party: celebrating the demise of East West Link. News coverage from Seven and Nine News Melbourne, featuring Keith Fitzgerald, Mel Gregson, Anthony Main, Howard Tuxworth, Davis Michaud, Daniel Andrews & community tunnel picket. Continue Reading…

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