#GetOnBoard Community Powered Transport Plan

From Get On Board: Our transport system is a mess.

Roads don’t relieve congestion, they create it.  But state government after state government keep building roads. They keep putting the road lobby and private interests before smart transport solutions.

This is why we need to build enough momentum to stop ANY mega toll road project that they put on the table.

And that’s where our #GetOnBoard plan comes in.

In early February, 100 community members gathered to #GetOnBoard the new Community Powered Transport Plan. There were people from Altona to Mordialloc, Bullen and in between. There were people who usually voted Labor, Liberal, Green or for Minor Parties. But we want to set our differences aside to get the job done.

It’s up to us to get on board and get on with the job.

We’ve experienced decades of institutional failure. We’ve got amazing academics and urban planners with bright ideas. The community is hungry for better public transport to reduce congestion on our roads. Successive governments have failed to put in place the smart transport policies to cope with a growing Melbourne.

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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.

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