Darebin City Council: Forum on the future of transport

Mayor of Yarra, Cr Jackie Fristacky

Mayor of Yarra, Cr Jackie Fristacky

Live-tweeting from Darebin Councils Forum on the future of transport (see storify links below) on the future of transport (10 September 2013)

The public forum at Northcote Town Hall was a fearless and frank examination of issues surrounding the contentious East West Link, from the reasons behind the hurried push towards commencing the project, sovereign debt, PPP investment, lack of funding for overdue PT projects, need for infrastructure improvements in Darebins growth corridors, concerns about financial burdens upon families, the lack of professionalism and the project not being about transport at all, but PPP investors looking for project with a huge return on investment.

Panellists included Kenneth Davidson from The Age Newspaper, Professor Graham Currie from Monash University and Cr Jackie Fristacky, Mayor of Yarra. The forum was chaired by Councillor Tom Melican from the City of Banyule, who is also the Chair of the Metropolitan Transport Forum. Cr Trent McCarthy represented Darebin Mayor Cr Tim Laurence who was unfortunately too ill to attend.

Earlier, Darebin Mayor Cr Tim Laurence said Darebin Council had joined City of Yarra to support the Trains Not Toll Roads campaign, which calls on the State Government to prioritise the Metropolitan Rail project over the East-West Link project. “The Wrong Way Go Back campaign also calls for State Government to prioritise the west section of the East West Link as without the western link, the number of trucks on inner western suburb roads will continue to grow,” Cr Laurence said.

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YCAT Editorial: Is the East-West Link a political stunt?

Rent a Crowd ? Sept2013

Keith and his family have lived in Collingwood for over 70 years.

The more the government goes on the offensive to make out they have a solid business case and financial backing, the less solid the project looks.

Spruiking the fact that four multinationals showed up at the trough to receive a lazy risk free 8 billion from the tax payers while the crown takes all the risk hardly builds confidence that the project won’t be a financial disaster.  It’s just a stage show to make the project seem less half-baked than it actually is.

The constantly changing design shows that Linking Melbourne is caught on a hop and doesn’t really know what to build. The tender invites firms to design their own modification of the road. Continue Reading…

City of Darebin: Forum on the future of transport

Darebin Transport Forum 10 Sept 2013
City of Darebin: Forum on the future of transport: Panellists include Kenneth Davidson from The Age Newspaper, Professor Graham Currie from Monash University and Cr Jackie Fristacky, Mayor of Yarra. The forum will be chaired by Councillor Tom Melican from the City of Banyule, who is also the Chair of the Metropolitan Transport Forum.  Further panellists will be confirmed closer to the date.

Darebin Mayor Cr Tim Laurence said Darebin Council has joined City of Yarra to support the Trains Not Toll Roads campaign, which calls on the State Government to prioritise the Metropolitan Rail project over the East-West Link project. “The Wrong Way Go Back campaign also calls for State Government to prioritise the west section of the East West Link as without the western link, the number of trucks on inner western suburb roads will continue to grow,” Cr Laurence said. Continue Reading…

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