Monthly Archives: March 2016

Thank you.

To all those who came to Alexandria Sunday Fun Day today, a big thank you.

An extra thank you to those who dropped by the ARAG tent to have a chat or to sign the petition to the Auditor General or a letter to your local MP.

Questions you asked:

  • Q. Where will the tunnel go?
    A. We still don’t know. We’re not even sure they know.
  • Q. Will this make my trip on the M4/M5 faster?
    A. Not much. A few minutes, according to the Government’s numbers – and this is mostly because the tolls (an extra $10 to $20 a day) will force traffic off the M4/M5 and onto other roads – so no net improvement in congestion. And these numbers are optimistic – they don’t allow for the traffic jam that will be waiting at the end of the tunnel.
  • Q. What can we do?
    A1. Petition the Auditor General to audit WestConnex.
    A2. Send a letter to your local member. (Sample here, but doing your own is always better.)
  • Q. Can WestConnex be stopped?
    A. Yes. Melbourne’s EastWest Link was stopped. The New M5 isn’t yet approved or fully funded. There is no funding for the M4-M5 Link, and there may never be. The numbers don’t add up. Every recent toll road has lost a fortune – all of the ‘good’ ones were built years ago. On the Government’s own numbers, the New M5 will carry less traffic than the cross city tunnel, but it will cost several times as much.
  • Q. Won’t selling the poles and wires pay for WestConnex?
    A. Poles and Wires have (so far) raised $7B, and may yet raise another $6B. WestConnex will cost at least $18B – and probably a lot more than that.

ARAG will be at Alexandria Sunday FunDay

It’s almost  Alexandria Sunday Fun Day.

There’ll be a Jumping castle, rides, arts and craft, the fire brigade, competitions, prizes and giveaways, Rabbitoh’s footy skills, basketball fun, bike polo, a sausage sizzle, stalls, a doggie parade and competition, the trash and treasure blanket sale and more.

And there’ll be the ARAG stand. Drop in, and discuss what’s happening in your local community. (Like WestConnex. And the ATP. And Waterloo Metro, and what it all means for those of us who just want to live here.)

Hope to see you there.

Last Chance to See (the ATP)

Assuming Mirvac’s proposal for the redevelopment of the ATP goes ahead, it will present some unique challenges for the State Government. Local roads are congested – and this will be made worse by other new developments, and worse still Continue reading

Agenda for 9 March meeting – ATP, WestConnex, Alexandria Sunday Fun Day

The next meeting of the Alexandria Residents Action Group will be

  • 7pm, Wednesday 9 March,
  • at Alexandria Town Hall, Garden St.

On the agenda:

  • Alexandria Sunday Fun Day, Alexandria Park, 20 March, 11am to 3pm
  • WestConnex and Mirvac’s development proposal for the ATP – what now?

Alexandria Sunday Fun Day will have: jumping castle, Continue reading