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
The list of Councils, community groups and associations supporting Trains Not Toll Roads includes:
- Public Transport Users Association
- Moreland City Council
- Darebin City Council
- Nillumbik Shire Council
- Bayside City Council
- Yarra Campaign for Action on Transport (YCAT)
- Yarra Climate Action Now (YCAN)
- Fitzroy Residents Association (FRA)
- Collingwood and Abbotsford Residents Association (CARA)
- RAT: Residents Against the Tunnel
- Carlton Residents Association
- Kensington Association website
- North Yarra Community Health
- Moonee Valley Residents Agains East West Link
- Moreland Campaign for Action on Transport
- Friends of Banyule
- Students Linking Melbourne Sustainably
- Environment Victoria
- Transition Yarra
- Flemington Association
- Extend the rail line to Mernda group
- Parkville Association
- WarrandyteCAN (Climate Action Now)
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Position of other Councils
Metropolitan Transport Forum
- 23 metropolitan councils support the “Wrong way go back campaign” which argues the Melbourne Metro and the Western section of the East West link should be the first projects to get the government green light.
- State of Transport: Public forum – 21 November 2013
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
- 7 councils (Greater Dandenong, Knox, Manningham, Monash, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Yarra Ranges)
- Eastern Transport Coalition website
- ABC News (20/8/13): Councils get together to fight for more public transport in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs
- Media release “Forum on the future of transport” (21/8/13)
- Media release “Campaigning for sustainable transport“, (1/8/13)
- Media release “Eddington Road Tunnel A Waste Of Taxpayers’ Money” (4/6/13)
- Transport advocacy in Darebin
Greater Dandenong Council
- Dandenong Journal (16/9/13) Link Letter Furore
Glen Eira Council
- Glen Eira Council resolution : page 690, (13/8/13),
- The Age (20/8/13): East-west link of little benefit, claims council in marginal seat
- Herald Sun (22/8/12): Glen Eira Council cops spray over East West Link stance
Melbourne City Council
Moonee Valley Council
- Position on East West - MV website
- Moonee Valley Council resolution, Item 10.1, page 12 (23/7/13)
- Moonee Valley Council Community Information Session presentation (21/11/2013)
- Media release “Moreland opposes East West Link“, ( 5/9/13)
- Moreland Council resolution, page 21 (14/8/13)
Nillumbik Shire Council
- Nillumbik Shire Council resolution, (27/8/13), page 8
- Whittlesea Council resolution, page 1362, (17/9/13)
- Herald Sun: Whittlesea Council concerned about East West Link taking money from other infrastructure, (25/9/13)
- The Age: Councils fear link will divert spending, (23/9/13)
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.
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.
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