About Us

Trains Not Toll Roads is a campaign which supports public transport initiatives such as a Doncaster Rail and strongly opposes the proposed East West Link through inner Melbourne.

Yarra Council initiated the campaign because it supports public transport solutions ahead of more roads given the superiority of  public transport in terms of economic value, congestion reduction, equity of travel and benefits to the environment.

Council’s advocacy on behalf of its community involves:

  • Public support for Doncaster Rail and the Metro Rail project.
  • Delegations to Commonwealth and State members of parliament and bureaucrats.
  • Initiating a Public Transport Advocacy Community Committee (comprising the Mayor of the Day, two Councillors and 10+ residents and representatives of community organisations). This committee meets monthly to lead the campaign.
  • Active participation alongside six other metropolitan Councils in specifically supporting a Doncaster Rail.
  • Active lobbying of neighbouring and eastern region councils
  • As an indication of Yarra Council’s commitment to advocating for its community,  it has allocated in 2013/14 $100,000 for the Trains Not Toll Roads campaign and a further $100,000 for expert legal and engineering assistance on the East West Link.
  • Engaging and enabling community groups and organisations to have a voice on these vital issues

Members of Yarra’s Public Transport Advocacy Campaign Committee

This group meets monthly to advance the Trains not Toll Roads campaign.
A sub group meets weekly.

  • Mayor, Cr Jackie Fristacky
  • Cr Sam Gaylard
  • Cr Steve Jolly
  • Cr Amanda Stone
  • Berish Bilander (YCAN)
  • Alison Clarke
  • John Cox (YCAT)
  • Sean Deany
  • Mick Douglas
  • Gerard Drew
  • Jane Hornibrook
  • Shaun Knott
  • Ian Mack (YCAN)
  • John McPherson (PTUA)
  • Michael Merrett, (Yarra Disability Advisory Committee)
  • Anthony Morton (PTUA)
  • Michael Naismith
  • Freda Watkins (YCAT and CARA)

Trains Not Toll Roads supporters

Position of other Councils

Metropolitan Transport Forum


Doncaster Rail Local Government group

  • 6 councils actively support a Doncaster rail project. Councils involved in this group are Yarra, Manningham, Boroondara, Banyule, Maroondah and Whitehorse.


Eastern Transport Coalition

Bayside Council


Darebin Council


Greater Dandenong Council

  • Dandenong Journal (16/9/13) Link Letter Furore


Glen Eira Council


Melbourne City Council


Moonee Valley Council


Moreland Council


Nillumbik Shire Council


Whittlesea Council

Other information

The east-west road was originally proposed by Rod Eddington in a State Government-commissioned report released in 2008. More information about the Eddington Report is available on this State Government website.

Yarra Council strongly opposed the 18-kilometre road tunnel proposed in the Eddington Report.

Here is Yarra Council’s submission to the Eddington Report (1.38 MB) and  Appendix One: An analysis of Melbourne’s transport patterns and trends (2.06 MB)

In late 2008, the then Brumby State Government abandoned the east-west road proposal. However, the Baillieu Government revived the proposal in early 2011, with new Premier Denis Napthine singling the project out as the State Government’s key infrastructure project in its 2013/14 State Budget.


All general enquiries: Yarra City Council 9205 5555 or email trains-not-tollroads@yarracity.vic.gov.au

All media enquiries (only): Toby Walker, Communications, 9205 5120 or 0408 954 769, toby.walker@yarracity.vic.gov.au


Additional Resources

Visit the RESOURCES page.