Rally for Public Transport – November 15
This public rally has been organised by a range of community groups that stand against the East-West Link. Our demands are: Scrap the East-West Link! Rip up the…
Cycle Spiral is total spin
Cycle Spiral is total spin By Andrew Herington The Linking Melbourne Authority has been working overtime with its latest round of promotion for the East West Link to…
Napthine Blind To East West Flaws
Napthine Blind To East West Flaws by Andrew Herington The rush to sign a contract for the East West Link has delivered a very poor outcome. The independent…
Hoddle Street mural
Hoddle Street mural: painted by residents and local community on Bendigo Street back fences, Saturday 20th September 2014. Thank you to everyone who helped out, donated materials, time…
Air Pollution Lecture
On 17th September 2014, a presentation on the Health Impacts of Air Pollution was held for concerned parents in the Collingwood area. Collingwood has some of the worst traffic in…
YCAT Editorial – Fact Busters
With the East West link slowly sinking under its own weight, big business is pulling out all stops to try and save it. Treasurer Michael O’Brien said Labor’s…
Government in Siege Mode
The Napthine Government has gone into siege mode to withstand the barrage of public criticism and legal attacks on the East West Link. Having risked its political future…
Ugly smell of corruption moves from Spring Street to Collins Street
YCAT Editorial – Victoria needs an urgent ban on political donations by developers. A Liberal Party “Infrastructure dinner” on Thursday 28th August 2014 is selling tables to major construction firms…
Murphy v East West Toll
Victorian resident Anthony Murphy has launched proceedings in the Supreme Court of Victoria asking the Court to consider whether the net economic benefit and projected traffic volumes included…
Traffic forecasts overestimated
Traffic forecasts overestimated. by Andrew Herington The explosive report from Infrastructure Australia “Spend more, waste more” makes damning criticisms of the record of State road bodies in assessing…
Federal agencies blow the whistle on #EWLink
Federal agencies blow the whistle on #EWLink by Andrew Herington A draft report issued by Infrastructure Australia (IA) has well and truly blown the whistle on the waste…
Why the rush towards compulsory acquisitions?
Dear Premier, I am writing to ask you to urgently clarify the Government’s position in relation to compulsory acquisitions associated with the East West Link project. Message from…
Councils Condemn East West Link Planning Decision
Councils Condemn East West Link Planning Decision. Andrew Herington Both Yarra and Melbourne City Council have come out strongly to condemn the Planning Minister, Matthew Guy’s decision to…
Canberra to keep East West Link business case secret
The Age: Canberra to keep East West Link business case secret July 8, 2014.Clay Lucas, City Editor, The Abbott government has pushed back an attempt by federal Labor to obtain…
Surprise! Planning Minister approves the East West Link
30 June 2014 – As expected – Matthew Guy approves the Eastern Section of East West Link with some very cursory references to the Assessment Committees recommendations. This…
We Want Trains Not Tolls #Rally4PT in Melbourne
Coverage of We Want Trains Not Tolls #Rally4PT on ABC Melbourne 7pm News (Saturday 28 June 2014) Speakers include Adam Bandt and Chris Dite. On Saturday 28 June…
Neat, Plausible and Wrong: Melbourne’s East West Link
The state of Victoria, Australia, has long been a site of tension between an incumbent and powerful road lobby and a community increasingly desirous of non-car transport alternatives….
Who killed the Melbourne Metro?
The reasons given for scrapping the Melbourne Metro project in favour of the new ‘Fishermans Bend’ Melbourne Rail Project don’t stack up. The premier and transport minister argue…
Vale Freda St John Watkin
Freda St John Watkin at the launch of Trains Not Tolls, Fitzroy Town Hall, June 2013 Freda St. John Watkin passed away on 9 May 2014 after a…
The Battle for Alexandra Parade
The proposed East West road tunnel is not the first time the inner northern communities of Melbourne have faced the onslaught of massive road developments. In 1970s and…
Take the Quiz
After reading this article: First major Melbourne rail line in 80 years still six months off from Clay Lucas, The Age, October 9 2014 try to answer the following quiz.
The new rail line has been built and is ready to open but the government won’t open it because:
a) It was not the Liberal’s idea so they can’t take credit for it.
b) It is under budget so they can’t blame the other side for cost overruns.
c) They are afraid that any teething problems could embarrass the government.
d) It demonstrates Federal Finance for rail infrastructure is an establised part of the knitting for Melbourne’s western suburbs, which makes Tony Abbott’s ‘no-rail’ policy look silly.
e) It makes the Naphthine governmnet look silly because the East West link is an expensive fiasco that ended in court, meanwhile they have quietly delivered a major rail infrastructure.
f) All of the above.