Second Rally for Public Transport in Melbourne: #Rally4PT – 15 November 2014

The second #Rally4PT organised by community groups was held on Saturday 15 November in the heart of Melbourne to demonstrate Victorians continued strong rejection of the deeply unpopular East West Link. The following crowd-sourced accounts are collated from mainstream media, blogs, twitter and facebook via storify.

Gallery: Rally for Public Transport: 15 November 2014

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Yarra Council forced to pull two East West Link protest signs on busy Alexandra Parade

Melbourne Leader: Yarra Council forced to pull two East West Link protest signs on busy Alexandra Parade. Nic Price. 24 October 2014

Cr Geoff Barbour, mayor at the time, right, protesting at one of the anti East West Link signs on Alexandra Parade in July, 2012. Picture: RICHARD SERONG

VicRoads has forced the removal of two Alexandra Pde signs supporting a Doncaster Rail line instead of the East West Link.

Yarra Council installed the signs more than two years ago in a VicRoads reserve in the middle of the busy arterial.

VicRoads regional director Patricia Liew said the council never had consent and “the signs had been previously overlooked” in routine inspections.

Yarra Mayor Jackie Fristacky said she understood VicRoads was reacting to a complaint.

She said the signs would be relocated somewhere close by in the coming weeks. Continue Reading…

City of Yarra: Council’s Trains Not Toll Road Parliamentary Petition Tabled

City of Yarra: Council’s Trains Not Toll Road Parliamentary Petition Tabled. 16 October 2014

Council’s Trains Not Toll Roads campaign petition containing 3,300 signatures was tabled in the Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Council this week.

This adds to the 4,727 signatures already tabled in the Legislative Assembly and a further 11,700+ online signatures, demonstrating significant community support for public transport.

The petition calls on the Victorian Government to abandon plans for a costly and unsustainable East-West toll road and tunnel and instead fund urgently needed public transport priorities including the Doncaster Rail Link.

The petitions send a clear message to our elected representatives that Victorians want greater investment in public transport. The latest parliamentary petition is another key milestone in the community campaign to support public transport as the most viable and productive solution to Melbourne’s worsening traffic congestion.

Since its launch Council’s Trains Not Toll Roads campaign has grown into a major state-wide campaign traversing municipal boundaries and engaging thousands of community members across Yarra and the State of Victoria.

More than 10,600 people support the Trains Not Toll Roads facebook page, actively posting and sharing information about the campaign’s key message – Yes to Doncaster Rail, No to the East West Link.It’s not too late to show your support for public transport by attending one of the many community events across Yarra. To stay in touch with the campaign or to find out about events go to www.trainsnottollsroads.com.au or www.facebook.com/TrainsNotTollRoads

Further Information
Brooke Colbert
Coordinator Strategic Advocacy
9205 5122
brooke.colbert@yarracity.vic.gov.au

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