YCAT Campaign & Community Rally Updates

Say No to tunnels and toll roads
The current government intends to spend $18 billion primarily on road projects, which include tunnels, toll roads and an elevated freeway through Sunshine and Footscray. An alternative vision is to spend this money on sustainable public and rail freight transport in the east, west, central and southern suburbs of Melbourne.

Join us for a Community Rally and Picnic
Venue: Flinders Street Station Date: Sunday, 26 October 2008. Converge: 11.45am for 12 noon start Speaker: Daniel Bowen, President Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) Travel: By Train, Tram or Bike. BYO: Banners, Placards, Signs, Group Travel Arrangements Picnic: Post Rally, Alexander Gardens, opposite National Gallery of Victoria

The Coalition of Transport Action Groups (CTAG) is a newly formed coalition of resident, action and environmental groups from the East, Inner, West and Southern suburbs of Melbourne. We are committed to opposing the Eddington Report’s recommendations for the construction of tunnels, new freeways and toll roads and advocating for sustainable public and rail freight transport. Continue Reading…

Community Protest – Brumby’s Transport Summit Friday, 5 September 2008, Telstra Dome

YCAT banner on Collingwood Town HallYarra Council support: YCAT banner on Collingwood Town Hall

The Brumby government has been staging transport forums organised by the Department of Transport, ostensibly to consult with the public on Victoria’s Transport Plan.

Members of Parliament with inner metropolitan seats – namely Bronwyn Pike (Melbourne), Richard Wynne (Richmond) and Carlo Carli (Brunswick) have belatedly and at extremely short notice, held their own forums last week.

These forums, are intended to provide community feedback for the Premier’s Transport Summit, which was scheduled for mid September.

Although the MP’s declared that their forums were for local residents they were by invitation only and, significantly many community organisations, individuals and local residents were refused admittance. Continue Reading…

Brimbank Residents Launch No Tunnel Campaign

Paul Mees speaking at the Brimbank Residents meeting.

On Tuesday, 12 August 2008 Chris, Steve and I represented YCAT at a Brimbank Residents Meeting at the Glengala Community Centre in Sunshine.

The meeting was well attended, 250 residents and representatives from local Resident Groups who voted to formalise the Brimbank Campaign Against the Tunnel and elected a Steering Committee.

Paul Mees, as the keynote speaker, regaled the meeting with a personal, pertinent travel antidotes of his journey from the city to the meeting venue which involved several hours, no connecting transport links, extreme cold, no shelters and refugees who could not understand why Australia, as a first world country, has worse public transport than their country of origin. Continue Reading…

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