Sustainable Cities

If you're interested in getting involved, please contact [email protected]


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 [email protected] 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

What is MM2 and why is it important? The Covid-19 pandemic has made clear the need for well connected and accessible public transport. We need a transport system that reduces crowding in order to become a robust, resilient and accessible city of the future. However the Victorian Government continues to prioritise mega toll roads over the sustainable public and active transportation that we need. The North and West are Melbourne’s fastest growing areas, and are severely under-serviced by public transport – with some commuters unable to board trains at peak hour due to overcrowding. Read more

Community gardens have the potential to provide a range of benefits, including climate change mitigation, increased social cohesion, and improved mental and physical health. Read more

MEDIA RELEASE - 16 November 2020 Friends of the Earth welcomes Andrews govt investment to get rolling on the Suburban Rail LoopFriends of the Earth Melbourne welcomes today’s announcement by the Andrews government that it will invest $2.2 billion to begin Stage One of the Suburban Rail Loop. Read more

Join us for an online forum to hear from Bendigo locals about transport issues and solutions in the face of climate change and COVID-normal. Transport is the second-largest and fastest-growing contributor to emissions in Victoria, and Bendigo is already experiencing the consequences of climate change such as bushfires, heatwaves, and droughts. Read more