Sustainable Cities

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Sustainable Cities campaigns for a more liveable connected city. We want to see more investment in public transport, no new major roads, and encouraging active travel.

We all need better access to the opportunities Melbourne provides: to accessing education, jobs, health services, shops and our friends and families. While we are consistently voted the most liveable city in Australia, these are calculated for people on high incomes, living in the inner city, with access to many established services.

Transport is how we connect to people and places. Melbourne’s transport system must be profoundly changed to provide a more accessible, safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

The Sustainable Cities campaign priorities:

  • Invest in public transport: providing safe, accessible, and convenient options for people to drive less.

  • Encourage active travel: creating a healthier community and reducing the pressure on our road network.

  • End building of major new road projects: the vast sprawling network of roads covers Melbourne extensively. By discouraging new roads that attract more vehicles to the road, those that genuinely need to use our roads, such as our emergency services, will be able to get where they need quicker.

  • Stop building toll roads: the price barrier makes corporations increasing profits, with the burden on those that genuinely need the use the roads.

  • Transition freight movements from road to rail: this is a far more efficient, environmentally-friendly and safe way to move Australians goods.

The group meets regularly at the Friends of the Earth office - contact for more information.

Sustainable Cities is a collective of Friends of the Earth Melbourne in partnership with the Public Transport Users Association (PTUA).

Latest News

How to speak to decision makers about sustainable and accessible transport issues facing Victoria:Use these resources to effectively engage your MP in transport issues that affect you.We're fighting for a liveable, fairer and more connected city. We want to see more investment in public transport like Melbourne Metro 2 (MM2), no new major roads, and better infrastructure for active travel. Read more

Despite months of lockdown and a surge of COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, it's been heartening to see our campaigns continue to gain traction. Read more

Join us for an online forum with community leaders, transport specialists and a representative from our Sustainable Cities campaign to discuss the future of Public Transport in Victoria post Covid-19, and the benefits of Melbourne Metro 2 (MM2). Read more

Your continuing support has enabled the Sustainable Cities collective to keep working towards a more liveable and connected Victoria.  Today, we're launching our initial view of what an economic rescue package should include for the transport sector so as to strengthen the transport sector while protecting people whose livelihoods are being disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst the Andrews government continues to frame our economic recovery on the Big Build, we must ensure that these major transport infrastructure projects are ones that will benefit our communities, not destroy them.  Sustainable Cities is working with locals to hold the North East Link... Read more