Community Forum: Westgate Tunnel Project WON’T WORK
Message from Gerry McLoughlin at IMPA: Following from the very successful forum on the Western Distributor unsolicited bid proposal by TransUrban held at RMIT Centre for Design on 22 March 2017 BETTER WEST Community Group (member group of IMPA inc) with support from IMPA inc, PTUA, TT4e, NMWM and others have organised a Community Forum following the announcement on Sunday 2nd April 2017 of the TransUrban unsolicited bid West Gate Tunnel Project
We would like to invite you to attend this important event to hear from experts on Transport, Air Particulates and from Politicians how this project is a city changer for the worse and will not solve our very real freight on road conflicts to the entire inner Melbourne area.
The community is concerned with various aspects of this project not least the undemocratic nature of the insidious take over strategy of a privately owned transnational company of major public infrastructure. Other crucial issues include
- public health concerns with increased air particulates
- outdated transport options – why are we massively investing in road tunnels and not public transport and
- where are the dedicated freight on rail and freight routes to get freight off local roads
Flemington Road gum tree still standing, but for how long?
Please meet 7am, Saturday 2nd July at 120 Flemington Road, Parkville (if not way before), bring food, a cuppa before you head off to vote.
Posters and flyers you can print/distribute to show support for the Lemon-Scented Gum campaign
Last weekend, community action stopped the works on the Flemington Road gum tree after four hours. Only 40% of the canopy has been removed – the tree is healthy and could still survive and regrow. VicRoads have confirmed that they will not announce when the works will recommence – it could be any time.
A community meeting has been convened by locals at the tree at 7am on Saturday 2 July, Election Day. Please consider attending if you have concerns about the tree’s removal.
The article below links to a new Trust Advocate blog update on what happened last Saturday, what happens next, and some ideas about how you can still show your support for this important tree.
the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
Race to Town Hall
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.
- 8am – 9am, Tuesday, 11 August 2015 at Richmond Town Hall, contact Berish Bilander · email@example.com · 0402 469 053
- Register for the event here
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.