East West Link reality too dark for Utopia

The Age – Letters – East West Link reality too dark for Utopia. 6 October 2014

Like many others engaged in the struggle against the East West Link, I was delighted to hear of the ABC program Utopia. It seemed so timely. But in fact the show has turned out to be a missed opportunity. Its creators opted for a familiar style of parody about a bungling and inept organisation that has stalled on its own hype. This does not ring true when it comes to the East West Link. There is a comedy here ripe for the picking, but of a darker, more Orwellian kind. Perhaps a second series of Utopia will get this. After the East West Link is off the table, there needs to be an inquiry of some kind. This will surely turn up rich material that has a lot more to say about what we are actually like as a society.

Andrew Kelly, Fitzroy

East West Link dominates #vicvotes transport forum reports @Takvera

No Fibs: East West Link dominates #vicvotes transport forum reports @Takvera. October 2, 2014, John Englart, Citizen journalist at No Fibs

Transport continues to be a major issue in the Victorian election campaign in the lead up to polling day on November 29, especially in regard to the East West Link project.

On Monday afternoon, 29 September, the Premier Denis Napthine and Transport Minister Terry Mulder signed the contracts with Lend lease for the East West Connect Consortium to start the $8 billion phase one East West project to connect the Eastern Freeway with the Citylink tollway through inner urban suburbs and Royal Park. This is Victoria’s most expensive infrastructure project ever undertaken, and it is being done with contracts signed just 60 days from the election, 30 days before the Government goes into caretaker mode.

The contract signing took place shortly after High Court Justice Creenan ruled against Brunswick resident Anthony Murphy for an injunction to stop the contracts being signed before October 17, when Murphy has a case being heard before the court to ask it to block the acquisition of properties to build the link. The East West Link Consortium will need to voluntarily or compulsory acquire 91 properties to construct the 5.2 kilometer tollway.

Really Moving Victoria

From Public Transport Not Traffic: Victoria is growing fast, but to cut time stuck in traffic we need excellent public transport and the removal of level crossings, not the East-West tollway. This 60-second video featuring Victorians from all walks of life was produced (unlike the government’s tollway ads) at absolutely no cost to the taxpayer.

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