East West Link dominates #vicvotes transport forum reports @Takvera

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 […]

What colour would you like your fume stacks? @KellyaAndrew #EWLink submission

The following is a submission made at the Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS) hearings for the East West Link, Melbourne’s controversial new toll road. This $8 billion project would connect the Eastern Freeway and Alexandra Parade to Citylink severely impacting Royal Park and Moonee Ponds Creek. The project is highly controversial; a situation not helped by a government that has refused to release the business case and was elected in 2010 on the promise of greater investment in public transport.  With the Victorian state election scheduled for November 2014, public transport will once again be a key issue for Victorians. No Fibs has been covering this issue with reports from @takvera. Reproduced with permission of @KellyaAndrew  […]

East West Link a collision course for Victorian state election: @tackvera reports

In the lead-up to the Victorian state election in November 2014, the East West Link tunnel toll road continues to be a divisive and unpopular issue for the Premier Denis Napthine and his Liberal Government. The toll road is projected to cost $8 billion to connect the Eastern Freeway and Alexandra Parade to Citylink as phase one, with subsequent extension planned to the Western Ring Road. The issue was a factor in federal electorates in Melbourne in September, 2013, and probably contributed to The Green’s Adam Bandt’s re-election as the Member for Melbourne, and helped Greens candidate Tim Read supplant the Liberals for second in the Wills electorate based upon […]

Eight hours up on the rig and @Rosiemay_28 is still fighting #EWLink

By Rosie Elliott @Rosiemay_28 19th November 2014 The Victorian Coalition Premier Denis Napthine wants an 18 kilometre tolled freeway and tunnel linking Melbourne’s western and eastern suburbs, and his tunnel vision has changed my life already! Since last October, around 30 to 40 picketers have held daily protests in the inner city streets of Collingwood, Fitzroy and Carlton. We are met daily by 40 to 200 police. There are all sorts on the pickets: maybe 200 picketers all up, local residents, some great young socialist types, public transport activists, and our community protest is backed by our excellent local Yarra Council. A lot of us determined but peaceful protesters are women […]

Crystal ball predictions for politics 2014 by @sarah_capper

[clear] By Sarah Capper  @sarah_capper 14th February 2014 Our federal representatives, who we ushered in with gusto last September, returned to Canberra this week – the land of what Wikipedia (hey, if it’s good enough for the Environment Minister) describes as being home to “politics, public service, pornography,pyrotechnics, pot and prostitution – the “Six P’s” as they are known.” Let’s make it seven: PRIDE. It may seem like an eternity, but the Abbott Government has been in power for just over 100 days (approaching the 150-day-mark). Typically, modern Australian political parties get at least two terms to flex their governing muscles. The first term is often reserved for doing the “tricky” business – running with agendas that are […]