Stop East West Link – Campaign Update – 26 March 2014

STOP THE EAST WEST LINK TOLL ROAD

Campaign Update – Wednesday 26 March 2014

This update was compiled by the office of Adam Bandt MP. Have you got info, links or events to share? Email to georgia.webster@aph.gov.au or call 9642 0922.

In this issue:

– Rally this Sunday in Brunswick – can you help with leafletting?
– Tunnel Picket – strategy meeting tomorrow
– CIS live blog – follow the public hearings
– April 6: Adam Bandt and Greens “Day of Action”
– Community meeting – Sharing Our Strategy
– Children’s March for the Animals
– Training for a state election
– No Mandate: petition launched
– Community Summit – what’s next after CIS hearings?
– Friday morning peaceful protest on Hoddle St
– Upcoming events
– East West Link in the media

Rally this Sunday in Brunswick – can you help with leafletting?
Join the Moreland community for a rally and march to show our opposition to the east west tunnel, and in favour in better public transport, on March 30 at 1pm. Assemble at the corner of Wilson Avenue and Sydney road (opposite Barkly Square Shopping Centre) for a rally featuring speakers from the local community. This will be followed by a loud, colourful and vibrant march up Sydney road to Warr park. If you would like to help with leafletting stations on the Upfield and Craigieburn lines ahead of the rally this coming Sunday, ring Sue on 0413 377 978 or email sueaboltong@gmail.com.

Tunnel Picket – strategy meeting tomorrow
It’s been another busy week for the Tunnel Picket, coinciding with the six month anniversary of this community action. Last week the picketers mobilised to send a message to Denis Napthine when he visited Collingwood, which led to the Premier’s car running over a person’s foot – sending wishes to picketer Toby for a speedy recovery. Yesterday the Tunnel Picketers organised a community picket to disrupt the set-up of an East West tunnel water testing site on Nicholson St.

Approximately 100 police were called down to break the peaceful picket. Also, people attended a rally today outside the court in solidarity with the five picketers who are facing minor charges. Four of the matters were adjourned while one matter was so minor that the magistrate recommended it be diverted out of the legal system. The Tunnel Picket organisers will keep people informed as events further unfold. Don’t forget their campaign strategy meeting 7.30am tomorrow (Thursday March 27) at the Edinburgh Gardens Community Room. Enter via the Alfred Cresent side of the park in North Fitzroy.

CIS live blog – follow the public hearings
The panel hearings of the East West CIS Assessment Committee are in full swing. 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. From next Monday community and individual presenters take central stage, which will be worth following via the live blog.

April 6: Adam Bandt and Greens “Day of Action”
Join Adam Bandt, Colleen Hartland and hundreds of people across inner Melbourne to talk to residents, build our campaign and send a strong message to the decision makers that we want better public transport, not the East West toll road. All are welcome to join – info about the days and times of doorknocking sessions are on Adam’s website:www.adambandt.com/eastwestaction

Community meeting – Sharing Our Strategy
Join us to hear about Adam’s 2014 “Stop the East West toll road” campaign plans and to share your group’s plans and ideas. Adam’s team has held workshops in the past months that have allowed local campaign groups to discuss campaign our plans and strategy – thank you to those who’ve participated in those. Some big and deep discussions were had! As the next step, we want to share our East West toll road campaign plans for 2014 with you. Monday 31 March, 6.00pm at Adam’s office, 280 King St. RSVPs appreciated togeorgia.webster@aph.gov.au or phone 9642 0922.

Children’s March for the Animals
Residents who live near the Zoo and many others who care about the Zoo want you and your family to join them on Sunday 4 May, 1pm at a Children’s March for the Animals. Gather at Princes Park (Visy Park) at Royal Parade & Walker Street. Let the organisers know you will joining by contacting the Moreland Community Against the East West Tunnel on MorelandCAT@gmail.com or mobile 0417 354 169.

Training for a state election
In preparation for the 2014 state election, Public Transport Not Traffic are teaming up with the Victorian Trades Hall Council and Environment Victoria to run combined field campaign training. This is an exciting opportunity to hone your communication skills as well as meeting other fantastic campaigners from across Victoria. This training is happening at Victorian Trades Hall Council on March 30, 2014 at 10am – 3pm. Find out more here.

No Mandate: petition launched
Public Transport Not Traffic has launched this petition to demonstrate that the community wants to vote on the East West toll road. At the last state election, Victorians voted to fix public transport and not for a toll road that could max out our state’s credit card. The petition requests that the Legislative Assembly of Victoria suspend all work on the East-West toll road until Victorians are given the chance to vote on this expensive and unpopular project. Sign and share!

Community Summit – what’s next after CIS hearings?
As the Comprehensive Impact Statements (CIS) hearings draw to a close, The Public Transport Not Trafficcampaign 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.

Friday morning peaceful protest on Hoddle St
The Trains Not Toll Roads Friday Morning Peaceful Demonstrations are happening weekly – the next protest Friday 28 March will meet between 7.15am and 8.30am on the corner of Hoddle Street and Alexandra Parade. These peaceful events, which are organised by members of Yarra’s Public Transport Advocacy Community Committee (PTACC), have been running for seven months every Friday morning, except over the Christmas break. For more information about the Trains Not Toll Roads campaign visit trainsnottollroads.com.au

Upcoming events
The community events calendar on Adam’s website is new and improved: www.adambandt.com/east_west_link_community_events. The calendar now has new functionality 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 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 in the media

  • The Age | Mar 19 – Government car with Premier Denis Napthine on board hits East West Link protester, article
  • The Age | Mar 21 – East West Link threatens newly opened guide dog centre, article
  • The Age | Mar 22 – Past planning problems are present predicaments in Melbourne, article
  • Herald Sun | Mar 25 – Melbourne’s public transport zones are blantantly unfair, article
  • Heidelberg Leader | Mar 25 – Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews says Labor will focus on schools, roads and public transport if elected, article
  • Herald Sun | Mar 26 – Melbourne commuters to see public transport fares slashed under Napthine plan, article
  • Crikey | Mar 26 – Lower fares are good politics, but are they good policy? article
  • The Age | Mar 26 – Plan Melbourne: Wrong way, go back, article
  • Herald Sun | Mar 26 – Melbourne commuters welcome Napthine Government’s transport plan but say it doesn’t address overcrowding, article
  • Josh Gordon of The Age has won the Melbourne Press Club’s Transport Quill award for his coverage of the East West Link

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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