Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Mums oppose freeway plan

By Belinda Nolan

Freeway fears … Three West Footscray mothers are unhappy about the new proposals for traffic tunnels and elevated freeways and the negative effect it might have on their area, from left, Ava, four, and mum Claire O’Sullivan, Anne Parsons and Lucy Liga with son Hamish.

A GROUP of Footscray mums is pressuring the State Government for better transport options, in protest against Eddington’s proposed road tunnel.

Claire O’Sullivan, Anne Parsons and Lucy Liga fear the elevated freeway recommended in the Eddington report would devalue their homes and lead to increased noise and pollution, if the government decides to adopt it.

The residents have started a new lobby group, No Freeway for West Footscray, to make their voices heard ahead of the release of the Premier’s transport plan later this year.

The group will hold a public meeting on 8 September to inform residents about the proposal and are inviting local MPs to attend.

The meeting will feature a talk from local real estate agents on how house prices would be affected if the tunnel was to go ahead.

“We believe there are better ways of spending public money,” Ms O’Sullivan said.

“We think that we deserve better in West Footscray and we believe there are better options for all of Melbourne.

“This money should be spent on improving public transport, especially to the outer suburbs.

“We need a plan for the future, not a quick fix,” Ms O’Sullivan said.

She said the group planned to drop 3000 leaflets in Footscray to let residents know what was proposed.

“A lot of residents do not know what’s going on,” she said.

The meeting will be held at Footscray YMCA at 7.30pm.

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So that's Monday Sept 8th, at 7:30pm at the Footscray YMCA.

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