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…

Cycle Spiral is total spin

Cycle Spiral is total spin By Andrew Herington

The Linking Melbourne Authority has been working overtime with its latest round of promotion for the East West Link to emphasise it as somehow “environmentally friendly”. Aware of how disastrously unpopular the East West Link has become, the LMA is belatedly trying to change the image of the project.

The massive 20 metre high Hoddle St flyover is rebadged as “The Soundwave”. The 30 metre smokestacks are now been given “living green walls”, as if this reduces the toxicity of the emissions from them.

The Premier even donned a bike helmet and rode shakily for 100 metres to promote a $70 million package of bike paths that so people can ride “from the inner city all the way to Mornington”. (Why Mornington? Surely if you wanted to ride there you would head south and go along the Bayside trail?, And it’s not even a marginal seat – perhaps he meant to say Frankston.)

Although the LMA had specifically rejected the North East Bike Link proposal at the Assessment Committee hearings they were now not only embracing it as their own, but claiming the funding “had always been part of the project budget”.

The second iconic bike measure was the “Cycle Spiral” – a name that could only have been made up by Rhonda at the Nation Building Authority in the ABC satire Utopia. It got wide coverage in the media courtesy of this fetching illustration of what it would allegedly look like. Continue Reading…

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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