The end of the road.

16 April 2015

Many of us thought we would be chaining ourselves to trees in Royal Park by now.  But thanks to the commitment of community campaigners and the new Labor government, we are instead celebrating the end of the East West Link.

Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced a $339m deal had been finalised with the East West Connect consortium to cancel the contracts entered into in the dying weeks of the Napthine government.  A further $81m is tied up in loans that will be redirected to the Metro Rail project, according to the government.

Community members greeted this news with immense relief.  Years of campaigning has resulted in a win (for once). Despite the cost of the deal, the cancellation of the economically and environmentally flawed East West Link has been welcomed by everyone who took part in the community campaign.

Today, we said thank you to Premier Andrews and his Ministerial team who doggedly pursued the challenge of negotiating the cancellation of the contracts. At short notice, about two dozen representatives from community groups, including Tony Murphy, Keith Fitzgerald, Harriet Mantell, Petra Stock, Andrew Kelly, Julianne Bell, Michael Petit, and Rilke and David Muir, met with Ministers Richard Wynne and Jane Garrett at Parliament House.

Flowers and cards were presented to the Ministers who spoke about the work of community members in fighting for their homes, parkland and against poor infrastructure planning.

The event has brought the current campaign against the East West Link to a happy close.  Against the odds, we have reached the end of the road. WOOT!!

Screen Shot 2015-04-16 at 5.37.43 pm MEDIA RELEASE East West Link Thanks


2 Comments on “The end of the road.”

  1. jan webster April 17, 2015 at 11:08 am #

    Thank you for all your work Rose and can I through this blog thank everyone who participated in opposing the East West Link through barricades rallies and all the wonderful and passionate people who made submissions and spoke at the Panel Hearing. Power to the People-Hear the People sing!

    Jan Webster

  2. prav April 16, 2015 at 8:12 pm #

    Thanks Rose for such a lovely message. And thanks to you for the very splendid work you did in the campaign.You were tireless along with so many others. So rest assured you are really appreciated and owed many, many thanks from us all. Cheers Barb Champion

    Sent from my Samsung GALAXY S5 on the Telstra 4G network

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