MEDIA ALERT: Community marks 50-year anniversary of Melbourne’s first (and last) transport plan with Parl House rally

Sustainable Cities Friends of the Earth New Transport Plan Rally

MEDIA ALERT: Wed 27 Nov 2019

Community marks 50-year anniversary of Melbourne’s first (and last) transport plan with Parl House rally

Photo/video opportunity: Victorian Parliament Steps, 10am Wednesday 27th November

On Wednesday 27 November, community members will take to the steps of Parliament House to mark the 50th anniversary of Melbourne’s first (and last) transport plan and demand a plan for the next fifty years.

This year marks 50 years since the 1969 Melbourne Transportation Plan which envisioned a car-reliant city. The plan allocated 86 percent of its budget towards roads with only 14 percent for public transport.

Melbourne is still being shaped by that plan today, with proposed road projects such as the North East Link stemming from outdated 1969 blueprints.    

Community members are calling on Premier Dan Andrews to commit to a new transport plan that integrates train, tram and bus services and prioritises public and active transport over car use.

Transport is the second largest and fastest growing emitter of carbon emissions. The Victorian government must prioritise mass public transport that gets polluting cars of roads to meet its legislated commitment to zero emissions.

The group has a vision for a new plan, one that's future-focussed, better-connected, with public transport run on clean, renewable energy.

Friends of the Earth’s Sustainable Cities Coordinator Claudia Gallois says, “Integral infrastructure such as Melbourne Metro 2 and Doncaster Rail must be prioritised over major road projects which will lock Melbourne into a car-dominated future.”

“Will Premier Dan Andrews take the lead on bringing Melbourne’s transport into the 21st Century?”

EVENT DETAILS: 

  • What: A rally on Parliament Steps
  • When: Wednesday 27 November 2019, 10:00am-10:30am 
  • Where: Victorian Parliament Steps

Contact

Claudia Gallois

Sustainable Cities Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Melbourne

0448 752 656

claudia.gallois@foe.org.au