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East West Link campaign wins Community Service of the Year Award

Yarra’s Australia Day awards were presented at Council’s annual Australia Day citizenship ceremony held on 26 January 2015

We accepted this Community Service of the Year Award on behalf of all those countless people & community groups who’s selfless actions have literally saved inner Melbourne, greater Melbourne and the entire state of Victoria from a deluge of heartache, financial mismanagement, dodgy deals and a whole pile of unknown nasty stuff. Continue reading East West Link campaign wins Community Service of the Year Award

Yarra Council gives Australia Day award to ‘everyone’ who campaigned against East West Link

The Australia Day award for 'everyone who campaigned against the East West Link'. Photo: Twitter
The Australia Day award for ‘everyone who campaigned against the East West Link’. Photo: Twitter

Yarra Council gives Australia Day award to ‘everyone’ who campaigned against East West Link Marissa Calligeros (January 26, 2015)

The Yarra City Council has given an Australia Day citizen award to “everyone” who campaigned against the $6.8 billion East West Link.

The grassroots campaign against the proposed road tunnel – the first stage planned to connect the Eastern Freeway with City Link – involved a number of community groups and individuals united under the slogan “Trains Not Toll Roads”.

The heated debate surrounding the project prompted Prime Minister Tony Abbott to label last year’s state election a referendum on the road tunnel. Continue reading Yarra Council gives Australia Day award to ‘everyone’ who campaigned against East West Link

New kid on the block: Matthew Guy bars East West Link critics, Twitter users claim

The Age: New kid on the block: Matthew Guy bars East West Link critics, Twitter users claim. December 18, 2014. Henrietta Cook

It’s the quickest way to silence a voice you don’t like – block them on Twitter.

And Victoria’s new Opposition Leader, and former planning minister, Matthew Guy appears to have taken a liking to Twitter’s “block” function, recently barring a handful of users opposed to the East West Link.

Twitter user Andrew Bullen said he was blocked after saying the comprehensive impact statement for the now-scrapped tunnel project was not comprehensive. Continue reading New kid on the block: Matthew Guy bars East West Link critics, Twitter users claim