Tunnel Vision Trailer

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Coming soon: The incredible story of the battle against a shady and backward infrastructure plan that rocked Melbourne.

Public Transport Not Traffic: Race to Coburg Night Market


Public Transport Not Traffic: Race to Coburg Night Market - 4th December 2015

Does your bus get stuck in traffic? Is there a faster way of getting around town? Are trams in your area too packed to board?

Race to Coburg Night Market is a fun initiative designed for locals to show off the good and the bad of public transport in our neighbourhoods, and demonstrate to our pollies that public transport matters. What’s more you’ll get to sample some fine wares on offer at the annual Coburg night market.

Bring your families and your friends and make December 4th the night your take PT to the event.

How does the race work?

Participants will set off from home, school or work and travel to the Night Market by public transport. Along the way participants will be encouraged to log their journey to show us what’s working and what needs improvement. On arrival at the market local councillors and PTNT members will be around to chat about your trip, your community and the future of public transport, you can even send a message to your local MPs on one of our message boards. Being a race there’s a winner – but unlike most races first prize will be awarded to the person/group with the highest average speed, not the one first across the line.

Race to Coburg Night Market

Why the local focus?

The majority of trips we take are within local suburbs, not to the city centre. But of these trips only a small number are done by public transport. So why is it that we don’t use public transport for these short journeys? Is there gaps in the system? Perhaps we don’t feel safe at night using it? Maybe it’s just not-feasible in your area. We want to find out from you, the users, what works and what doesn’t and then join together to demand the investment we need to make our public transport world class.

So, bring your families and your friends and make December 4th the night you take PT to the event.

  • December 4, 2015 at 5pm – 7:30pm, Coburg Night Market
    Contact: Eleisha Mullane · eleisha.mullane@ptua.org.au,  0418 288 110

East West Link zombie is twitching slightly

The East West Stink

The East West Stink

November 2015: the East West Link zombie is twitching slightly, although Victorian taxpayers have dodged $340 million per year in availability payments, those dodgy as hell “agglomeration benefits” and an estimated 56 years to pay off a idiotic road project that was stupidly planned around freight and peak hour commute issues, both of which can be better mananged with integrated transport options.


Developers donations make a dogs breakfast for planning

Fishermans Friend

What’s legal in Victoria in regards to developer donations goes a long way to explain this situation, the Fishermans Bend palavar debacle also stemmed from completely screwing up the Melbourne Metro Rail project and renaming it Melbourne Rail Link. Well, briefly that is.

Liveable Melbourne petition – Ban Developers Donations: Victoria has some of the weakest rules about political donations in the western world.

Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport statement from August 2014: Ugly smell of corruption moves from Spring Street to Collins Street

The Age: Matthew Guy shunned warnings of ‘suboptimal’ Fishermans Bend. Royce Millar, Ben Schneiders, Chris Vedelago

Planning experts at RMIT have released an alternative vision for the Fishermans Bend urban renewal area that could be rolled out across Melbourne – and there’s not a skyscraper in sight.

Former planning minister Matthew Guy shunned the early warnings of his own top planning officials when he launched Australia’s largest urban renewal project without a clear plan or finance for community infrastructure including transport, open space and affordable housing.

Confidential departmental briefs from early 2011 to 2013 obtained by The Sunday Age, reveal how senior bureaucrats urged Mr Guy to buy key strategic sites before allowing redevelopment of industrial Port and South Melbourne to create the Fishermans Bend precinct.

“Lack of investment in such sites is likely to result in sub-optimal market responses and development outcomes,” warned department heads in one of the briefs from early 2011. “Such outcomes are difficult to revisit late for further improvement and development.”

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