In no particular order, here are some of the links and other material discussed at last week’s meeting:
- Euston Road/McEvoy Street widening:More information is available here.
- Alexandria School Senior Campus: the Development Application can be found here. (Deadline for submissions: 23 Feb)
- ATP: The number for reporting any issues with ATP construction work is 1800 870 549
- Erskineville Station downgrading: the SMH article about the downgrading of the station is here.
- The Carmageddon Video showing the road widenings is here .
- And the Slide pack.
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.
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.
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
Here are the slides from the last ARAG meeting.
If you want to know more about how the redevelopment of the ATP will affect you, have a read.
You can use points from these slides as the basis for an objection.
The next meeting of the Alexandria Residents Action Group is 7pm this Wednesday, 10 February, at Alexandria Town Hall, Garden St.
On the agenda:
Alexandria Summer Fair will be held on Sunday the 30th of March, 2014, at Alexandria Park, from 11am to 3pm.