Sustainable Cities

If you are interested in getting involved, please contact rachel.lynskey@foe.org.au

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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 rachel.lynskey@foe.org.au for more information.


Latest News



MEDIA RELEASE: North East Link locks out community consultation 22 Nov 2018 Daniel Andrews continues to rush through the North East Link, today announcing the project will go out to tender moments after re-election. As the biggest and most expensive road project proposed for Melbourne, the community needs to be involved in these significant decisions. “The community will be devastated a potential Labor government will push through an unwanted road project, before assessing the environmental impacts of this project.” Rachel Lynskey, Friends of the Earth Sustainable Cities coordinator said today. “We have not had the opportunity to understand the environmental... Read more


Victoria’s 2018 state election has seen congestion as a top issue. So how do the parties transport commitments stack up? Melbourne is seeing huge population growth straining a city built for many less. The current Labor state government won in 2014 on the back of scrapping a megaroad and some sorely-needed public transport projects. Over the past 4 years, the government has set the ball rolling with important public transport initiatives. But we've also see them switch gears to kick off some of the biggest dirtiest mega roads in our states history. What will happen for the next 4 years... Read more


Today Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has announced much needed rail improvements for Melbourne's regional rail network. This follows recent announcements from Matthew Guy's Victorian Liberals of important commitments to also improve the regional rail network. Read more


Have you heard about the vital next addition to Melbourne’s world-class rail network? Melbourne Metro 2 (MM2) is a tunnel between Newport and Clifton Hill via Fishermans Bend, Southern Cross, Flagstaff, Parkville and Fitzroy connecting to existing services. Email our Premier and Opposition Leader today to put MM2 on the agenda in 2018. Read more