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.

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


Latest News



Last week locals came together for a mock opening of Doncaster Rail to call on the Andrews government to stop the North East Link. It was a fantastic action with moving speeches from community members like Cynthia Pilli. “We call on the Parliament to immediately review their mega toll road thinking of the last decade.” Read more


We need your help to build a massive submissions drive to push back on the controversial North East Link toll road! MAKE A SUBMISSION TODAY USING OUR SUBMISSION TEMPLATE AND TIPS, then head online to submit. This is our moment to have our say on concerns with the mega toll road. North East Link risks the future of Melbourne. We need to be Rethink the project before it is too late. Read more


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The Environmental Effects Statement for the controversial North East Link tollroad will finally be released today and open to the public. Environment group Friends of the Earth says the process will unearth community concern about the project.   Read more