Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Win some!

Email from Flemington Association.

Dear all

Tonight Moonee Valley City Council responded to community concerns over the Eddington Report and voted unanimously to strengthen Council's draft submission to the government. Council will make the following clear:

1. Council does not support the road tunnels.
2. Council rejects the use of public parks and creeks for these projects.
3. Council urges improvements to public transport.
4. Council requests that future plans seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
5. Council and others in the community must be involved in the planning process for improving Melbourne's transport beyond the 15 July cut-off point for public comment on the Eddington Report.

Council acknowledged the submissions lodged and the presentations delivered at the Public Forum.

This is a fantastic response from Moonee Valley. Well done to everyone who attended tonight, who spoke at the forum and beforehand and who prepared or assisted with the preparation of submissions.

Members of the Kensington Association met last week with local MP Bronwyn Pike and Roads Minister Tim Pallas. They left with the impression that their fears are well founded over the likely impact of the tunnels (including on JJ Holland Park, the elevated truck link across the Newell wetlands, the increased traffic spilling into Kensington from the Kensington-Dynon Road interchange, the vent stacks and related environmental degradation). They have urged Kensington residents to act now.

Formal public consultation will end on July 15th. After that there is only the "roundtable discussion" in August and we will not see a preferred government proposal (including route) until December.

As Moonee Valley City Council pointed out tonight, once the government announces its preferred position, no community consultation is proposed.

It is therefore very important to get your individual submissions in to by Tuesday 15 July.

Also send copies to your local Member of State Parliament:
And to your local Member of Federal Parliament:

For updates or information, please send an email or, even better, attend our regular Flemington Association meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 7.30pm at the Farnham Street Neighbourhood Learning Centre. Our next meeting is on Tuesday 8 July. Hopefully see you there.


John Dickie
President, Flemington Association

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