The Baillieu Government has applied to the Federal Government for $30 million for another feasibility study of the East West Link. (This would be the third study after the Northern Central City Corridor Study in 2003 and the Eddington Review in 2008.) I and another PPL VIC member will travel to Canberra on Tuesday next to meet Infrastructure Minister Albanese’s Chief Adviser for Roads to put the case against funding the East West Link and to advocate for funding public transport projects including the Doncaster Rail Link. I am asking for groups to reply to me ASAP indicating support for our mission.
I want to present a list of supporting groups at our meeting to indicate the strength of community opposition. (If this massive project proceeds all inner city suburbs will be affected especially if access/ exits to the CBD are to be added. Thanks to the Royal Park Protection Group Inc for contributing to the costs of our trip. Please urgently sign the Greens petition to Parliament. See below. Adam Bandt said that they now have 1300 or so. Lets make it up to 2,000! Regards Julianne Bell Secretary Protectors of Public Lands Victoria Inc.
From the Australian Greens:
In the next month Infrastructure Australia will make its recommendation to the Minister on whether or not to give $30 million to the Baillieu government to pursue its East-West Link proposal – a multi-billion dollar tollway and road-tunnel that will put more cars on our congested roads and direct much-needed money away from where it is most needed: better public transport. The Minister is responsible for the final decision..
1. Send a message to Minister Albanese
Send a message to Minister Albanese that we want sustainable public transport that is accessible and affordable for everyone. We don’t want a polluting tollway and tunnel through our neighbourhoods that chains us to the petrol bowser as fuel prices continue to rise.
Adam will hand deliver your letter to the Minister along with the hundreds of others we are collecting.
Click here to send a message to Minister Albanese.
2. Sign the petition
The petition calls upon the federal government to fund better public transport, not private roads and tunnels through Melbourne and surrounding suburbs. The petition is sponsored by Greens MP Adam Bandt and will be tabled in the federal parliament. We have a target of 300 signatures – help us reach our target! To sign the petition click here.
Adam Bandt MP Colleen Hartland MP
Federal Member for Melbourne State Member for Western Metropolitan
For more information on Adam’s East-West Link campaign click here.
For more information on Colleen’s Westlink campaign click here.
Authorised by L Farrelly, 377 Little Bourke Street Melbourne, Australian Greens Victoria