Stop East West Link – Campaign Update – 3 April 2014

STOP THE EAST WEST LINK TOLL ROAD

Campaign Update – Wednesday 3 April 2014

In this issue:

  • Moreland Community Rally Success
  • Tunnel Picket caravan tour and rally
  • Greens Day of Action this Sunday – doorknocking in Melbourne
  • CIS hearings – live blog
  • Rescinding the Contracts: Legal Forum
  • Video: Dr Sophie Sturup
  • Launch of ‘Better East West Link Design’
  • Children’s March for the Animals event
  • Community Summit – CIS debrief and PTNT campaign next steps
  • Upcoming events
  • East West Link in the media

MORELAND COMMUNITY RALLY SUCCESS

The Moreland community came together last Sunday to march against the East West toll road and in favour of better public transport. A diverse and lively crowd of 1500 to 2000 people marched from Sydney Road to Warr Park, sending a strong message that Morelanders don’t want the toll road. There are some great pics and videos here online at Moreland Community Against the Tunnel (MCAT)’s Facebook, and some media responses listed below in the media wrap.

TUNNEL PICKET KICKS OFF THE CARAVAN TOUR – NEXT STOP, DONCASTER!

The Tunnel Picket group’s caravan tour begins this Saturday April 5. For the next 3 months they will be visiting outer suburban and regional areas to talk to people about public transport alternatives to the East-West Link. The tour will culminate in a city-wide rally on June 28 but our first stop this week is Doncaster! This community has been waiting for a rail line for almost 40 years and we want to help them win it. If you can help by talking to locals and handing out material meet at 10.30am this Saturday at the campaign HQ corner of Brunswick Street & Westgarth Streets Fitzroy. The group will have a briefing and then organise a convoy out there. We will be set up at Tunstall Square Shopping Centre (cnr of Doncaster Rd & Tunstall Rd, Doncaster) by 12 noon ready to engage with the lunchtime shopping crowd.

DAY OF ACTION TO STOP THE EAST WEST TOLL ROAD – 101 VOLUNTEERS AND COUNTING

This Sunday across inner Melbourne, Greens volunteers are mobilising to talk to residents, build our campaign and send a strong message that we want better public transport, not the East West toll road. The key action being offered to residents will be to add their voice to a Victorian Greens postcard petition that calls on Labor to join the Greens and vote to stop the East West toll road. All are welcome to join – info about the days and times of doorknocking sessions are on Adam Bandt’s website here www.adambandt.com/eastwestaction

C.I.S. ASSESSMENT COMMITTEE HEARINGS LIVE BLOG

The panel hearings of the East West CIS Assessment Committee are continuing this week. Strength to all the community groups and individuals preparing and presenting your hearing presentations – it’s been a huge effort. The East West Link Blog is providing daily live blogging of the hearings to inform the community about the East West Link Assessment Committee hearings, edited by a coalition of community groups. You can find the blog here: eastwestlinkblog.com. On Twitter, you can follow the #EWLive and #EWLink hashtags.

RESCINDING THE CONTRACTS’: LEGAL FORUM, APRIL 16

Presented by Transport for Melbourne in collaboration with Public Transport Not Traffic. In this forum, there’ll be a robust discussion of whether a newly elected government can rescind the contracts for the East-West toll road. One of Australia’s leading experts in contract law will address the meeting and lead the debate. Keynote Speaker: Dr Nick Seddon LLB (Hons) (Melb), B Phil (Oxon) PhD (ANU). Nick Seddon is recognised in Australia as a leading authority in contract law.

Find out more and RSVP here at www.publictransportnottraffic.org/legal_forum

VIDEO: DR SOPHIE STURUP ON WHY THE EAST-WEST TOLLWAY IS EXTREMELY LIKELY TO BE A FAILURE

Dr Sophie Sturup is a lecturer in the faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning at Melbourne University, whose areas of expertise include mega urban transport project management, including risk management. Hear her views on the East West tollway in this video online – a good one to watch and share! http://youtu.be/greYDkMbWHw

LAUNCH OF ‘BETTER EAST WEST LINK DESIGN’

Safety Net for Royal Park (SNRP) in conjunction with architects Atelier Red + Black have developed an alternative for consideration by the Assessment Committee and the Victorian public based on SNRP’s submission to the Comprehensive Impact Statement process. They have established a website here: betterewldesign.com and were covered on Channel 9 television this week. Members of SNRP are very concerned about the negative impact that the toll road Reference Design would have on Royal Park, local amenities and living conditions, and ultimately the long term health and well being of those living in the area. Recognising that there are several community groups focused on opposition to the East-West Link, for many reasons, their group has focused on identifying the main flaws of the reference design and developing alternatives to minimise the adverse effects, if the Project proceeds.

CHILDREN’S MARCH FOR THE ANIMALS TO MELBOURNE ZOO, MAY 4

Do you have children in your life who would enjoy a day of animal dress-ups and fun with other kids? Residents who live near the Zoo and many others who care about the Zoo invite you and your family to join them on Sunday 4 May, 1pm at the Children’s March for the Animals. Gather at Princes Park (Visy Park) at Royal Parade & Walker Street. Activities will include prizes for Best Costume, Best Zoo Toy and Best Poem written about saving the animals from road rage! A petition will be presented to Melbourne Zoo officials on the day to seek their support to stop the East West Link. RSVP here on MCAT’s Facebook page.

COMMUNITY SUMMIT – WHAT’S NEXT AFTER THE C.I.S. HEARINGS?

As the Comprehensive Impact Statements (CIS) hearings draw to a close, The Public Transport Not Traffic campaign will be bringing together leaders from community groups across Melbourne for a community summit to inform our next steps in this important campaign. As part of the summit, they will debrief the CIS process and plan next campaign steps including door knocking and mass mobilisations events. If you or someone you know represents a community group active on this issue, please RSVP here and PTNT will get in touch to confirm your details. The Community Summit will be on April 12, 11am-1pm at Ross House in the CBD.

ADD YOUR EVENTS TO THE COMMUNITY CALENDAR WEBPAGE

The community events calendar on Adam’s website is new and improved:www.adambandt.com/east_west_link_community_events. The calendar now has an option to add your own events to the page – to nominate your event for listing on this calendar, just click “Host your own community event” at the bottom of the page. You can also find comprehensive event listings at www.ptnt.org, ycat.org.au and rat.org.au to help you keep your campaign calendar up to date.

EAST WEST LINK AND TRANSPORT IN THE MEDIA

Moreland Leader | Mar 28 – Moreland councillor Sue Bolton says Brunswick Town Hall art illustrates puzzling State Government decisions, article

The Age | Mar 28 – East West Link buys time, but won’t solve traffic woes, says authority, article

The Age | Mar 28 – Free trams can come at a cost, editorial

The Age | Mar 28 – Melbourne Airport SkyBus might be better than a rail link, says transport expert, article

News.com.au | Mar 30 – Vic rally in protest at East-West Link article (source AAP),

Herald Sun | Mar 30 – East West Link protesters march in down Sydney Rd, article

Moreland Leader | Mar 30 – Moreland residents march along Sydney Rd, State Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews reinforces public transport commitment, article

SBS.com.au | Mar 30 – Vic rally in protest at East-West Link, article (source AAP)

Herald Sun | Apr 2 – Fix this mess — race to the city from Melbourne’s western suburbs produces surprising results, article

The Age | Apr 3 – Wyndham council’s race to the CBD shows cyclists are on a winner, article

STAY IN TOUCH

To contribute to the sharing of info we will send out regular updates. Got info, links or events to share? Email to georgia.webster@aph.gov.au or call 9642 0922.

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