Mordialloc Freeway won’t work

Keep the South-East liveable

The Mordialloc Freeway is a 9km road planned to cut through precious Green Wedge at a cost of over $300 million.

If it goes ahead, this freeway will destroy some of the last habitat for several endangered species. It will offer nothing to people who don’t drive in an area already severely underserviced by public transport. Local communities will face more air and noise pollution and lose open green space. The government has refused to publicly show the business case and VicRoads representatives have suggested that the freeway will go ahead even if it has major environmental impacts.

The South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne need future proofing with accessible, connected public transport; not more polluting traffic jams.

Protecting what’s left of the wetlands

The Edithvale wetlands have been listed as wetlands of international importance under the global Ramsar Convention. These wetlands are home to 14 plant communities and 190 bird species, including 38 protected migratory bird species and seven bird species which are protected under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988. The current plan for the Freeway would see a major road being built less than 1km from the wetlands; the potential for damage to the wetlands and the species that rely upon them is significant and irreversible.

The Edithvale wetlands and our open green spaces must be protected for current and future generations.

Degradation of Green Wedge

The Green Wedge is a band of land that surrounds Melbourne that was set aside decades ago to preserve agricultural land and protect environmental values. Putting major roads like this through the Green Wedge weakens those values and opens the door for intense development in the future.

Acid Sulphate Soils

The 9 km route of the freeway cuts through highly sensitive acid sulphate soils. Disturbing these soils will cause sulphuric acid to flow into waterways and nearby properties. The state government’s own advice is to avoid disturbing and discourage the intensification of development in areas with acid sulphate soil.

There is no way for the Victorian government to build this road without going against their own best practice guidelines for managing coastal acid sulphate soils.

Public health and wellbeing

Local families have chosen to raise their children in the area and retirees have settled here for the relative peace and quiet, fresh air and access to open space that is increasingly hard to find in urban Melbourne.

Building a freeway will condemn local residents to more noise and air pollution.

Lack of transparency

VicRoads tells us that the road will return $4 benefit for every $1 spent. But they refuse to share the business case and economic modelling with the taxpayers who will foot the bill for the freeway. They tell us that this 9 km road will deliver “up to” 10 minutes travel time savings. The justification for this road project is obscure at best and totally ignores public transport as an option for communities in the south-east of Melbourne.

The government should make the business case for this project public.

We can do so much better

Transport planners around the world agree that building roads simply creates the traffic jams of the future. Well planned public transport routes meet the needs of everyone – you shouldn’t need to own a car to get around a city like Melbourne. The south-eastern suburbs are home to public transport dead zones with little to no public transport servicing those who can’t or don’t want to drive. The south-eastern suburbs are among some of the fastest growing communities in the country.

If we want to keep Melbourne liveable in the long term we must plan and build public transport for the future.

Tell Dan Andrews we deserve better

Accessible well connected public transport for the South-East

I call on the Andrews Government to:

  • Reveal the full business case, including traffic modelling for the Mordialloc Freeway

  • Propose new public transport options to be considered as sustainable alternatives to the Mordialloc Freeway

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