A letter from resident groups of the inner west
Originally published in The Westsider: A letter from resident groups of the inner west – The inner west does not need or want the West Gate Tunnel project (May 2018)
It’s been widely claimed by the government and the press that the west supports the West Gate Tunnel Project. This is not accurate. A small section of one suburb, and one action group support it and even they have serious reservations about it. The rest do not. Community members of the Community Liaison Group made clear to Western Distributor Authority in December 2017 that considerable unresolved issues remained in the project. The City of Melbourne is opposed to the project and the City of Hobsons Bay has flipped flopped over the issues in the face of staunch opposition from its residents. Academics have published a highly critical report and significant professional planning groups have written to government with their concerns about governance and design.
But still the government has continued to proceed and get signed agreements with TransUrban, pushed through gazetting of planning scheme amendments and commenced construction in the knowledge that the community do not support it and the Legislative Council has the numbers to revoke approvals and halt work. The government has used paid advertisements from big companies and the website and press releases of one community organisation to justify it in the Parliament. This is brinkmanship, not good governance.
Community Forum: West Gate Tunnel Tollway Will It Slow You Down?
Western Region Environment Centre presents West Gate Tunnel Tollway Will It Slow You Down?
Hear about the impact of West Gate Project on the outer west from speakers with interests in social justice and expertise in public transport planning. Does this project solve congestion on our roads? Will it cut commute times to Melbourne? What will it cost in tolls and who pays the most? What are the costs along the corridor?
Are their benefits and do they outweigh the costs? Are roads the only solution to moving people and freight cost effectively and quickly? Now that the Environmental Effect Statement with 17 technical studies has been released the claims made by the proponents of this project Transurban and the Victorian Government can be publicly tested. Hear how you can have your say.
Venue: Central Park Community Centre, 80 Lonsdale Circuit, Hoppers Crossing
Time: 6.30 – 9.30pm, Monday 3rd July 2017
- Colleen Hartland, MLC Western Region
- Denis Nelthorpe, West Justice Community Legal Centre
- William McDougall, Transport planning
- Ian Woodcock, Public transport in outer west
Rosa McKenna 0418 403 303, Spotswood South Kingsville Residents Group
Gerry McLoughlin 0409 246 727, Inner Melbourne Planning Alliance Inc. (IMPA)