Last night local residents from Yarra launched a campaign to stop the proposed tunnel linking the Eastern Freeway to Melbourne’s west.
Over 80 people filled the Reading Room of the Fitzroy Town Hall to hear speakers and discuss the best way to stop the Victorian Labor Government’s plans.
Representatives from several community groups and progressive political parties attended the meeting along with many concerned residents.
The plan for the meeting was to not only to provide people with some information about the government’s plans but to also launch a campaign.
Speakers on the night included Paul Mees who is Victoria’s number one public transport advocate, Chris Goodman from the local residents group 3068 and Yarra Councillor Stephen Jolly.
After some discussion the meeting voted overwhelmingly to endorse the proposal to put a broad and democratic campaign in place in Yarra.
This campaign will also link up with the other community groups fighting the plan especially on the other side of town in Melbourne’s west. It will also link up with public transport and environment groups.
It is clear that there is a lot of community anger at the State Labor Governments plans.
Organising meetings are now taking place and the group has been named Yarra Citizens Against the Tunnel (YCAT). For more information or to get involved email us here!