Your invitation to the launch of Melbourne’s REAL Transport Vision

The Melbourne Times (1976)

The Melbourne Times (1976)

Residents of Melbourne’s inner suburbs have been fighting attempts to carve freeways and tollways through our city for decades.

In the 1970’s and 1990’s we defended the inner north against the F19 and Alexandra Parade widening.

In 2008 we began organising against East West Link Needs Assessment.

And in 2012 – 2014 we successfully fought the Napthine Government’s disastrous East West Link.

After that amazing success many thought we had finally stopped the politically-driven transport planning process in Victoria.

We were wrong. So very wrong.

Here we are again, facing a mega roads agenda with no vision for a sustainable and integrated transport system for Melbourne.

This time it’s west and north-east residents that are facing the onslaught.

Both the West Gate Tunnel project and the North East Link Option A will threaten the inner north and the city, adding traffic chaos and putting the East West Link back on the agenda for the future.

Both will destroy open spaces, amenities and people’s homes.

Our air quality will worsen.

Community Tunnel Picket, Queens Parade, Fitzroy North (2013)

Community Tunnel Picket, Queens Parade, Fitzroy North (2013)

Flyovers and elevated roads will blight the landscape.

We will all suffer from these roads. All of us will be impacted.

Mobilise Melbourne: A Community Plan For Transport

Mobilise Melbourne: A Community Plan For Transport

And if we let this happen, it will happen again and again, because we all know that building more roads means more cars, and then more roads, more destruction of our living spaces.

Its time to stand up and reclaim our right as citizens to have a say in how our city is planned.

Its time to say NO to planning being dictated by corporations like Transurban who are motivated by profiteering from toll debt.

We want a world class, clean, sustainable transport system. We invite you to join Public Transport Not Traffic, Sustainable Cities, Don’t Destroy Millers Road, Friends of the Earth, Public Transport Users Association and many others at the launch of Melbourne’s REAL Transport Vision, (alternative link) 8am – 9am, Tuesday 6th February, Parliament of Victoria, Spring Street, Melbourne

Thank you,

 

Harriet Mantell and Chris Star

Melbourne is in the middle of a transport planning nightmare

World’s most liveable city. (Cartoon by Ron Tandberg.)

From Sustainable Cities: Melbourne is in the middle of a transport planning nightmare.

Our elected officials are committing to megaroad projects that won’t ease congestion. Instead we’re left with transport, health and amenity nightmares across Melbourne.

We can’t build our way out of the transport crisis facing Melbourne with roads. Everytime we build a new road, or widen an existing road, they fill with more traffic.

The community are going to take action into their own hands.  We have to do what governments have failed to, to disrupt the politics of transport policy in our city.

We are launching our own community transport action plan.

Community solutions will put livability, jobs, health and the environment first.

Our vision brings together ideas from Melbourne’s transport academics, community groups, workers, and road users. During 2018 we’ll test for broader community support in a huge grassroots civil society consultation process.

Meet us at Parliament House steps on the first day of Parliament 2018. We’ll hear about the ongoing health impacts of mega roads, the job potential from investing in sustainable transport options, politicians that are standing up for sustainable transport, and how YOU can get involved.

The West Gate Tunnel project will create more congestion and pollution. It’ll increase Transurbans’ profits, a private corporation already making super profits from Victorians and evading tax. Meanwhile, North East Link plans funnel more traffic onto the Eastern Freeway. This prevents further rail infrastructure and inevitably leads to more road widening and more tolls. The opposition are no better, reigniting the East West link project as a top priority.

These projects push thousands more cars into our congested city.

Let’s make 2018 the year we get our transport on a more sustainable track.

WHEN: 8-9am Tuesday 6 February 2018

WHEREsteps of Victorian Parliament House, Spring St, East Melbourne VIC 3004

WHO: everyone in Melbourne who wants to win a sustainable transport plan!

Click here to RSVP

If you want to get more involved before February then get in touch on rachel.lynskey@foe.org.au – we have heaps of work to get done before then! And follow our updates on Facebook andTwitter.

Please feel free to get in touch if you have any further questions. Looking forward to seeing you there.

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

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