Yarra Campaign Against the Tunnel (YCAT)
Yarra Campaign Against the Tunnel (YCAT) is a community coalition of individuals & local groups concerned about the impact in the Yarra area of the proposed road tunnel linking the Eastern Freeway to Melbourne's west.
The road tunnel is outlined as Recommendation 4 in the East West Links Needs Assessment Report (EWNLA) commissioned by the Victorian State Government.
The massive 18km road tunnel is proposed to be constructed in Melbournes inner north and west suburbs between Collingwood, Carlton, Kensington and Sunshine.
YCAT is totally opposed to this road tunnel and the massive impacts it's construction will have on our local communities, which include:
-:- Compulsory acquisition of residents homes,
-:- Destruction of public space and park amenities,
-:- Doing nothing to alleviate long term road congestion and related issues,
-:- The estimated $9-10 billion projected to fund the road tunnel would be better utilised to fund massive improvements to Melbourne's public transport requirements.
YCAT are a non-politically aligned group, although we clearly make mention that there are numerous members of several political groups who are involved with the local campaign. We warmly welcome anyone who is opposed to the proposed road tunnel to become involved with our group.
YCAT has linked up with the other community groups with the Coalition of Transport Action Groups, who are also fighting recommendations proposed in the EWLNA in Melbourne's west and inner west. These include:
-:- Brimbank Transport Action Group
-:- No Freeway 4 West Footscray
-:- Royal Park Protection Group
YCAT Supporters include:
-:- Collingwood and Abbotsford Residents Association (CARA)
-:- Carlton Residents Association
-:- Melbourne University Student's Greens & Environmental Groups
-:- Protectors of Public Lands Inc.
-:- Royal Park Protection Group
-:- Save Holland Park
-:- Socialist Party Australia
-:- Sunshine Residents & Ratepayers Association
-:- The 3068 Group
-:- Yarra Bicycle Users Group (YarraBUG)
-:- Yarra Branch of the Australian Greens Victoria
-:- Yarra City Council
If you or your local community group would like to become a YCAT supporter, please contact us and also please feel free to attend our public meetings.
The 3068 Group (based in Clifton Hill) have produced this diagram and additional notes based on recommendations of the EWLNA Final Report.
In times of rising fuel prices, oil supply issues, health concerns about air pollution and global warming, it seems to be bordering on an obscenity that Victoria's elected state government is prepared to listen to private enterprise rather than the real concerns of local communities.
You can also take action - please inform all your family, friends, neighbours, work colleagues, school & uni friends about what is planned in our suburbs.
❊ Web Links ❊
→ Yarra Campaign Against the Tunnel (YCAT)
→ Brimbank East West
→ Friends of Banyule: No Freeway Petition
→ Make Melbourne Green: Eddington Report
→ No Freeway 4 West Footscray
→ No Tunnel Volunteers
→ Save Holland Park
→ Socialist Party No Tunnel Blog
→ The People Plan
→ Wrong Way - Go Back
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