Fall of EWL Anniversary Picnic

Tollways don't belong in public parks

Tollways don’t belong in public parks

Several community tunnel picket stalwarts, acknowledging one year since the park was saved from East West Link.

Several community tunnel picket stalwarts, acknowledging one year since the park was saved from East West Link.

Tony Murphy

Tony Murphy

Here’s a couple of photos from a quiet little celebration on 16 December 2015 at Royal Park with several community tunnel picket stalwarts, acknowledging one year since the park was saved from East West Link.

“In the weeks before the election, right up to the Friday before, the East West Link Consortium tried to start up preparatory work in Royal Park—surveying for the workers’ carpark, doing water testing etc. (we heard from an engineer they had been instructed to rack up billable hours.) a number of us maintained a deck chair vigil there and were largely able to stop them. a single half-hearted visit from the police.

On the Monday we went back, just in case, but the white trucks stayed away: fortunately we were not in the universe where Denis Napthine won and was forging ahead”

Royal Park Protection Group: Final Nail(s) in Coffin for EWL!!

Exemptions for East West Link Project Deleted from Royal Park Heritage Registration by Heritage Council of Victoria.

The Heritage Council of Victoria announced a decision which was made on 3 December 2015 and communicated yesterday to amend the existing registration of Royal Park on the State Heritage Register to remove the permit exemptions associated with the cancelled East West Link project. (These had been introduced by the former Minister for Planning Matthew Guy.)

A legendary Tunnel Picket dog

A legendary Tunnel Picket dog

Additional Background:

Community Tunnel Picket & Crop Circles at Ross Straw Field (February 2014)

Bid to include Royal Park on Victorian Heritage Register may affect East West Link plans (February 2014)

Royal Park vigil + photo shoot (November 2014)

Could you please ask your surveyors to exit Royal Park?‘ (November 2014)

Royal Park – The Last Summer. Photographs by David Tatnall

My Place: the Royal Park wetlands

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The Age: My Place: the Royal Park wetlands. Vanessa Gavens. April 12, 2015

This peaceful interface of man-made shapes and nature is no longer threatened, writes Vanessa Gavens.

I am so grateful that the proposed East West Link tunnel exit will not swallow up my place any time soon. Photo: Supplied

I sit here and listen to the squawks of water birds and the gentle splashes of frogs and ducks hitting the water. The low hum of traffic noise from the adjacent Tullamarine freeway provides a mere background tone.

I sit here and marvel at the interface of man-made shapes and nature, as though Jeffrey Smart takes on the bush! Bold shards of bright yellow and red create unexpected angles against the royal blue panes and straight lines of the apartment blocks behind.

These are framed above and below by a cloudless blue sky, a soft line of trees and bulrushes, and calm reflective water in the foreground.

I sit here and watch a mother duck glide by with her very young ducklings following in perfect single file and wonder whether they have to learn to swim in a straight line or if it comes in their DNA.

I sit here and feel the gentle breeze, carrying with it unlikely sounds from the zoo up the hill; an elephant trumpeting and a lion’s roar.

I sit here and am so grateful that after the recent state election, the proposed East West Link tunnel exit will not swallow up my place any time soon.

I sit here and celebrate the fact that the impact of urbanisation does not have to be an angry collision, but can maintain harmony and a sense of place for such a diversity of creatures.

My place is the wetlands of Royal Park.

What is your favourite place – the place where you find serenity and joy? Perhaps it is a place of deep reflection or one of melancholy. Send in your 250-word piece to sunday@theage.com.au. You can even attach a photograph.

Clifton Hill Shot Tower happy with Victorian State Election result

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Even the skinks of Moonee Ponds Creek and Royal Park appeared happy on Sunday afternoon.

Seven News: Homeowners celebrate (30 November 2014)

Homeowners in the path of the East West Link have celebrated Labour's victory.

Featuring Residents Against the Tunnel – RAT, Harriet Mantell, Keith Fitzgerald, Mary Fenelon, Jackie Fristacky, Amanda Stone, Andrew Kelly, Daniel Andrews and #Rally4PT coverage from 15 November 2014.

Mary should be offered her property back immediately!

Posted by Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport on Sunday, 30 November 2014

Seven News: Homeowners in the path of the East West Link have celebrated Labour’s victory
Featuring Residents Against the Tunnel, Harriet Mantell, Keith Fitzgerald, Mary Fenelon, Jackie Fristacky, Amanda Stone, Andrew Kelly, Daniel Andrews and #Rally4PT coverage from 15 November 2014. Mary should be offered her property back immediately!

ABC Victoria: Victoria election 2014: Labor win a mandate to scrap East West Link project, Premier-elect says (30 November 2014)

Labor’s election win in Victoria is a mandate to scrap the controversial East West Link, Premier-elect Daniel Andrews says.

Mr Andrews is today seeking advice from government bureaucrats about releasing the business case and all documents relating to the tunnel project.

Throughout the campaign, Mr Andrews has maintained the East West Link “isn’t worth the paper it’s written on” and has vowed to tear up the contracts, which were signed just before the Napthine government went into caretaker mode.

Victoria election 2014: Daniel Andrews to release East West Link documents. Richard Willingham (30 November 2014)

Starting an audit of the state’s hospital bed capacity, beefing up TAFE funding and setting up a royal commission into family violence are the top priorities for the new Labor government, Premier-elect Daniel Andrews has vowed.

Ahead of briefings with bureaucrats on Sunday afternoon Mr Andrews said Parliament would sit before the end of the year, with back to work legislation designed to stimulate job growth set to be the first bill tabled.

Mr Andrews has also promised to release all documents on the East West Link on Monday.”The Labor government has a mandate to release all documentation in relation to the East West Link, a secretive, rushed and botched project,” he said.

Releasing the documents was due to be discussed at Sunday afternoon meetings. Earlier on Sunday Mr Andrews reiterated that Labor would not build the East West Link.

Guardian: Victorian premier-elect Daniel Andrews makes East West Link first priority. Melissa Davey (30 November 2014)

Discontent about the Melbourne road project became a key election issue after Labor promised to rip up the contract

Hours after being elected premier of Victoria, Labor’s Daniel Andrews is meeting cabinet officials about releasing details of the business case for the controversial East West Link toll-road, the flagship infrastructure project of former premier Denis Napthine.

Discontent about the lack of transparency around the costings for the East West Link plagued Napthine, but it was not until Andrews promised to rip up the contract for the project that it became an election issue.

“I want to make it very clear it is my view that the Labor government has a mandate to release all documentation in relation to the East West Link, a secretive, rushed and botched project,” Andrews told reporters Sunday.

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