SOS Members Planning Update – 4 October 2014
Read on for these hot topics
(1)The latest from Save Our Suburbs: SOS Candidates’ Survey for Election 2014
(2)Reminder – RACV Board Election – Last-minute call for RACV members to vote before this Tuesday Oct, 7th
(3)Reminder – The Great Population Debate, 5.30 – 7pm, October 13, Deakin Edge, Fed.Square
(4)Rally – The Future of Public Transport in Victoria, Thurs 16 Oct. 12:45/1 pm start, Parliament steps
(5)East-West Link Updates: From campaigner Andrew Herington
(6)High-rise apartment design standards “coming”:
To SOS members and all members of the public. The First meeting had some very strong messages from the academics and those in the know…
These regional meetings offer unique opportunities to Q and A your local candidates.
Rarely do we have this opportunity.
Victoria is experiencing unprecedented mass migration with no end in sight!
Planning of infrastructure, housing, and the quality of life as we have known it in the past is on a fast downhill decline. Transport and traffic mayhem is worsening day by day.
Ask your candidates ‘ Can you demonstrate to us how you would curtail this downhill fate that we are already on?’
The report back from Cheryl of SOS was that the Aug 14th forum was a very lively event. Cheryl attended the forum at the Melbourne Town Hall – a turnout of 400 to 500 people.
There are more events coming up all over town – see below – get involved! take the opportunity!
In mid-July, SOS sent this urgent letter to Moonee Valley and Yarra City Councillors:
“Save our Suburbs Inc. strongly opposes the East West Link proposal because of its potential damage to the fabric of inner city life, and because building more freeways attracts more traffic and soon creates more congestion than before. This is confirmed by Melbourne’s own experience with the Monash Freeway, the Westgate Bridge, etc.
But building rail links in parallel with freeways attracts commuters back to rail, lowers rail costs/head and frees up arterial roads for those who need to use them – trucks, commercial vehicles and multi-destination vehicles. This is explained scientifically by the long-established Downs-Thompson Paradox: Continue reading
The integrity of the new draft planning strategy for Melbourne was thrown into doubt after it was revealed in December that the Minister’s Advisory Panel for Plan Melbourne had resigned over key transport concerns:
Panel chair Roz Hansen publicly denounced the government’s $8 billion East-West Link in a submission to Melbourne Council’s “Future Melbourne Committee” on Dec.10, and called for Victorians to be given a choice on public transport issues.
Here’s a link to our previous article: Professor Hansen’s comments about the lack of justification for the EW Link and the failure of the State Government to respond to the demand for better public transport…..(12 min audio, Melb. City Council)