Open Letter to the Premier published!

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Open letter to Premier Napthine reminds Coalition of their promise to fix public transport - and not build East-West toll road.

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) today published an open letter to Premier Napthine in the Herald Sun reminding the government of their promise to fix public transport rather than build the East-West toll road.

“With our public transport network falling apart, Victorians are shocked that the Government is prioritising this expensive and ineffective toll road without a published business case rather than fix public transport as they promised,” Dr Tony Morton, PTUA President, said.

The letter, signed by more than 200 Victorians including the mayors of four local councils as well as respected academics, demonstrates that the community opposition to this road is not only sophisticated but well-resourced.

“Without an opportunity to vote on this project, Victorians are using other avenues to have their voices heard,” Dr Morton said.

“People from across Victoria are getting active on this issue because everyone has so much to lose if this toll road gets built,” said Dr Morton.

“This project is being hastily brought forward despite recommendations that further planning is required and despite the fact that Victorians have not had a chance to vote on this project,” said Dr Morton.

“When it comes to the primary question of whether this toll road is the number one transport priority for Victoria – the answer from the community is a resounding no,” Dr Morton said.

“The government needs to realise that the community are ready to do whatever it takes to stop these contracts being signed,” warned Dr Morton.

“Raising the money to print this letter in the mainstream press is just the start. The Victorian community has the capacity to challenge this project on multiple fronts using all the legal options at its disposal.”

Many believe that the Napthine Government will not be able to get contracts for the East-West toll road signed before the Victorian state election in November.

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