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Online Panel How The North East Link Toll Road Will Affect You

Poster for event, with image of freeway at standstill.
Join us for a forum with experts, community members and local activists to find out how the North East Link will affect you. 


Did you know that $16 billion (of taxpayer money) is about to be wasted on a major toll road that Melbourne doesn’t even need?

Covid-19 has changed the way we live and commute. This gives us an opportunity to think of ways to enrich our local communities rather than destroy them.

Local areas need to be protected and enjoyed, not trashed by toll roads.

This monster road is set to cut through communities, bulldoze 26,000+ trees, increase noise and air pollution, render homes unliveable, and destroy habitat for native animals.

Now more than ever, we know that open space, parkland, and clean air is imperative to the health and wellbeing of people.

Join us for a panel discussion followed by a Q&A to find out how this project will affect you and how you can get involved to push back. 

MC: Mary Merkenich: a Templestowe resident, teacher, and local activist 

Michelle Giovas: President of Friends of Banyule, Heidelberg resident, community advocate and activist.

Katie George: Candidate for Bakewell Ward (Banyule City Council), Yallambie resident and local activist

James Deane: Vice President of Warringal Conservation Society, local resident speaking on local environmental impacts.

Barry Watson: Doncaster resident, has researched noise and air pollution impacts of the project, local anti-freeway campaigner

Dr. John Stone: Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning in the Faculty of Architecture, Building, and Planning at the University of Melbourne

Ian Hundley: long-term resident of North Balwyn, member of the PTUA and Protectors of Public Lands, committed campaigner and strong advocate for rational transport solutions.

Accessibility: let us know if you require closed captions or an Auslan interpreter, or if there’s another way we can make this event more accessible for you.

This event will be held on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respect to Elders, past and present and acknowledge the pivotal role that Indigenous people play in the fight for climate and environmental justice.


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