02/04/2012

Greens MLC Colleen Hartland has vowed that Greens at state and federal level will work together to fight the Baillieu Government's exhumed east-west tollway plans for Footscray, West Footscray and West Sunshine.

"Every time this project comes out of hibernation it is frightening.  They are talking about building a major above-ground freeway through the heart of the inner west, right on our door steps."

"At least now we've got a clear view of the Baillieu plan.  It's a tollway, mostly above ground and aimed at bringing cars into the city.  It will take money away from better public transport and getting freight off trucks and onto rail. It will do nothing for traffic congestion on our roads."

"Last time Westlink was proposed, there was a strong and ultimately successful community campaign against it."

"This project will go through three electorates with Greens MPs so we will fight it together at State and Federal level - me in the west, Adam Bandt in Melbourne and Greg Barber in the inner north."

 

For comment: Colleen Hartland - 9689 6373

For for more information on the Transport Solutions for the West campaign go to: http://vicmps.greens.org.au/transportwest