Melbourne no aceptará la autopista ‘East West Link’

La compañía española Acciona es parte del consorcio seleccionado para construir la primera fase de una carretera de peaje de 18 kilometros de largo que atravesara la cuidad de Melbourne en Australia.  El proyecto se llama el East West Link.

La carretera atravesaría una de las zonas más antiguas y densamente pobladas de la ciudad. Unas docenas de casas y negocios serán derribados y unos cientos de casas y negocios serán adquirido obligatoriamente. Imagínense que esto mismo pasara en los barrios de Madrid, o en las areas céntricas de Barcelona!

El parque más grande y antiguo, el Parque Real – conocido como “los pulmónes de la ciudad” – perderá en la parte occidental su tranquilidad, al quedar debajo de siete viaductos. Uno de los viaductos pasará al lado de un edificio de viviendas sociales, al décimo piso. En este complejo de viviendas residen muchos refugiados y gente vulnerable.

Se perderá zona verde bien preciado para la recreación y un humedalpara plantas y pájaros indígenas.

Esta construcción costará cinco mil millones de euros, pero todavía no es oficial el cargo fijo que se pagará a Acciona y al consorcio durante 25 años. Esto causará un gran impacto en el presupuesto del estado, desviará fondos que podrían ser mucho mejor invertidos en proyectos eficientes de transporte público, salud y educación. El contrato comercial no es transparente pero se sabe bien que los costos superan a los beneficios.

Es preocupante que Acciona está dispuesto a participar en un proyecto que hace tanto daño al medio ambiente, es una contradicción absoluta a lo que pretende ser. Continue Reading…

Herald Sun disgrace over East West Link coverage

Extract from Mayne Report, City of Melbourne Cr Stephen Mayne, 15 September 2014.

Herald Sun disgrace over East West Link coverage

The Herald Sun has been an embarrassment to journalism with its partisan distortions over the past few days.

I’m no great fan of Victorian Labor leader Daniel Andrews but he is completely within his rights to say Labor will not support the completion of the East West Link if it wins the November 29 election, even if the Napthine government rushes to sign a $6 billion contract with a Lend Lease led consortium shortly before it goes into caretaker mode next month.

The key point here is that, just like with Julia Gillard’s carbon tax, the Napthine government has no mandate to sign up taxpayers for the most expensive road contract ever let by an Australian state.

The Liberals went to the 2010 Victorian election promising not to build this project. Instead, there was all this talk about Doncaster rail.

Now that Labor has made its position absolutely clear, the Herald Sun should be calling for the Napthine government to “let the people decide” rather than rushing into a dubious unsupported contract which potentially triggers large compensation payments if the government falls.

There is no contract signed today and that should also be the case when Victorians go to the polls on November 29.

City of Melbourne may very well formally adopt such a position at the forthcoming September council meeting, although internal discussions on this point won’t kick off in earnest until tomorrow.

Farewell to Ross Straw Field Game- interview with Vibeke Pedersen Melbourne University BC.

Baseball Victoria: Farewell to Ross Straw Field Game- interview with Vibeke Pedersen Melbourne University BC.

In conjunction with Westgarth Baseball Club, UMBC takes great pleasure in announcing the 7th Annual ‘Heritage Game’, to be played at Ross Straw Field at 12.00pm on Sunday 24 August 2014.

Ross Straw Field was the first purpose built baseball facility in Victoria. The main diamond boasted Major League dimensions, all weather infield, sunk bases and home plate, back net, outfield fences and bleachers for spectators too.

Many VBA finals and exhibition matches have been played there over the years. Since the mid 1970s the fields have been home to the University of Melbourne Baseball Club. During the club’s tenancy, the grounds have played host to winter, summer and intervarsity matches and tournaments. Sadly, both diamonds shall be rendered unfit for baseball due to the East West Link project.

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