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Race to Town Hall

Yarra Race to Town Hall
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 Town Hall is a fun initiative designed for locals to show off the good and the bad of public transport in their neighbourhood.

As well as highlighting important transport issues, Race to Town Hall will help build the movement for better public transport by connecting residents with representatives from their local government. The inaugural race is kicking off August 11 in the City of Yarra.

If you’re from another part of Melbourne and are keen to see a race event in your local area click here.

How does it work?

The race event sees participants trying to get to Richmond Town Hall using some sort of public transport. Once people arrive we will chart how far they travelled and how long it took, awarding first prize to the person with the highest average speed. We will also note how their trip could have been made easier – for example, more frequent local bus services. With participants starting from different parts of the suburb, the event will capture a great deal of information about mobility issues within the Yarra area. The Race will feature a diverse cross-section of Yarra’s population including local residents, community leaders, school children and parents, traders and Councillors.


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Finally … The End Of The Road


Murphy v East West TollFrom Residents Against The Tunnel (RATs): Finally … The End Of The Road For Murphy v State Government Of Victoria

 It has been a long time, but this Supreme Court Challenge, which began in April 2014, is finally over. The Supreme Court accepted the discontinuation of the case agreed to by both parties on Friday 17 July 2015.

This courageous case was enormously important in the community battle against the deeply flawed East West Link project.

On behalf of Residents Against the Tunnel, and presuming to speak on behalf of all community groups involved, our deepest gratitude goes to Anthony Murphy and his extraordinary, talented and community-minded legal team: Ron Merkel QC, Melinda Richards SC, Julian Burnside AO QC, Simona Gory Barrister, Meghan Fitzgerald, Hollie Golding and all the staff at Fitzroy Legal Services, Paula Shelton and others from Shine Lawyers, and the many other experts, volunteers and community members who helped behind the scenes.

It is a rare and brave thing for a person to take a State Government to court. It is even rarer to win. While the case may not have won in a court of law, it won in the court of public opinion and achieved what it set out to do – expose the flawed business case. Through this case Victorians were made aware of, and became concerned about, the lack of government transparency in spending huge amounts of state funds. This brought the East West Link front of mind in the run up to the election, and played a vital part in the outcome. Continue Reading…

Tunnel Vision: the extraordinary story of a community


Tunnel Vision Community Video from With Direction on Vimeo.

How you can help create Tunnel Vision, a 30 minute film that tells the extraordinary story of a community that stood up and stopped East West Link so that Victorians could benefit from improved public transport.

Tunnel Vision is the story of a local community that rose up in defiance against the controversial East West Link Tollway, and how social media and other savvy campaign strategies galvanised support and stopped the project.

The East West link campaign dominated mainstream media for 18 months making it the key issue in the 2014 state election. Ultimately it led to the defeat of a first term Victorian government – unheard of in over 60 years.

Underpinning the story is the community’s concern for Melbourne’s livability and future, and how community consultation and conversation was ignored by government at great cost.

The victory was the culmination of the determined efforts of citizen groups turned committed activists whose passionate advocacy of an alternate transport future was widely embraced. Continue Reading…

East West Link defeat: Anthony Main explains how it was done

22 May 2015: At the book launch of “Beating the big end of town”, author Anthony Main recounts how community pickets and various other protest activities contributed to the defeat of the East-West link toll road project.

SP Educational: Beating the Big End of Town: 2.30pm, The Brunswick Green, Saturday 20th June 2015

The campaign that defeated the East West Toll Road was one of the most significant victories against the big business agenda in Australia for decades. Despite huge odds stacked against them, ordinary people changed the course of history, ending a project that was arrogantly treated as a ‘done deal’ by establishment politicians and the corporate media.

The influence of Marxism within the campaign – through the leadership of the Socialist Party – is undeniable. Socialist Party’s efforts to inject the campaign with socialist ideas and methods were reflected in the tactics and strategy that were key to the campaign ultimately succeeding.

Over a series of weeks, SP will host an educational series based on Anthony Main’s recently released book “Beating the Big End of Town: How a Community Defeated the East West Toll Road”. By discussing the book, we will explain more deeply the link between Marxist ideas and the success of the campaign and draw out the key lessons which can and should be applied to other community campaigns in future.

The educational should interest all socialists, environmentalists, community campaigners and unionists looking to learn about what role Marxist ideas and methods can play in fighting the big business agenda in their lives and communities. To obtain a copy of the book before the educational series begins, contact the SP National Office on +61 (3) 9639 9111

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