Friday 1st September 2017
This week’s Herald Sun sky rail coverage can be found here.
Tuesday 21st February 2017
You can read my Members Statement of the Frankston Rail Line Level Crossing which I presented in Parliament here.
Wednesday 1st February 2017
Skyrail affected residents have today again pleaded with the Minister for Public Transport for accurate information on the impact Skyrail will have on their properties – something sadly lacking to date, one year on. Read their open letter to the Minister here.
Wednesday 23rd November 2016
OPPOSITION DEMANDS SAFE PRACTICES ON SKYRAIL
Community action forces removal of dangerous drill. Listen to Parliamentary question of Skyrail Minister here.
Wednesday 16th November 2016
Skyrail spruiker Ian Woodcock at it again. Media release can be read here.
Monday 24th October 2016
CAULFIELD TO DANDENONG LEVEL CROSSING REMOVAL PROJECT TREE RETENTION SUMMARY REPORT
Thursday 13th October 2016
You can read my Skyrail adjournment which I presented in Parliament last night here.
You can listen to my Member’s Statement on Labor’s & the LXRA’s viciousness towards the local Skyrail community here.
Friday 2nd September 2016
The transcript of a Caulfield resident (Jan) directly affected by Skyrail who has been told she does not fit the criteria of the Voluntary Acquisition Scheme can be read here.
The transcript of Brett Summers, Project Director of the Level Crossing Removal Authority, being interviewed by John Faine on 774 this morning can be read here.
The transcript of Jon Faine’s promise to follow up with the LXRA on Jan from Caulfield who will be affected by Skyrail can be read here.
Thursday 18th August 2016
CALL FOR ACTION TO PROTECT WORKERS AND THE LOCAL COMMUNITY FROM SKYRAIL CONTAMINATION
Last night in the Victorian Parliament I raised a matter for the attention for the Minister for WorkCover on the safety of workers and also the safety of the local community from lead contamination of the Skyrail construction site. See my full comments here.
Wednesday 17th August 2016
You can read my adjournment on Daniel Andrews’ environmental vandalism along the Skyrail route causing destruction of hundreds of established, native trees here.
Wednesday 10th August 2016
My submission to the Heritage Council of Victoria objecting to the Executive Director Heritage Victoria’s refusal to grant interim protection orders for Murrumbeena and Carnegie stations can be read here.
Tuesday 9th August 2016
Proof that Daniel Andrews’ Labor lied about the community’s support of Skyrail. The VicRoads level crossing community survey shows that only 13% of those people surveyed supported rail over road.
My press release on Labor’s bogus consultation and lies can be viewed here.
Thursday 4th August 2016
Friday 29th July 2016
Daniel Andrews and Jacinta Allan planned these horrid Skyrails all along. Read for yourself, Minister Allan’s evasive answers to Public Accounts and Estimates Committee questioning in May.
Tuesday 26th July 2016
A Carnegie resident discusses with Neil Mitchell on 3AW how 100 year old trees were slyly cut down to make way for the Skyrail construction without any community consultation. Do Daniel Andrews and the LXRA think that residents would not notice?
Monday 18th July 2016
Friday 15th July 2016
RIP Murrumbeena station
My letter to Heritage Victoria demanding they focus on the heritage values of the two stations.
Thursday 7th July 2016
Murrumbeena will be the hub for major Skyrail works. It will cripple the local community and local businesses. President of the Murrumbeena Traders’ Association talks about the lack of consultation by the Andrews Labor Government and can be heard here:
Thursday 23rd June 2016
My question to the Labor Government during Question Time today in the Legislative Council regarding the production of Skyrail documents to the community can be heard here:
The Auditor – General’s letter allowing the community to see secret 3D Skyrail modelling can be found here:Production of Documents – Skyrail Auditor-General’s Letter 200616
David Davis’s GC37 debate on the revocation motion can be read here:160622 – DDavis debate on Planning Scheme Amendment GC37
Wednesday 22nd June 2016
David Davis’s concluding remarks on the GC37 revocation motion in Parliament can be heard here:
Wednesday 15th June 2016
The community wants rail under road not Skyrail. My letter to the community can be found here.
Amendment GC37 can be found here.
Friday 10th June 2016
Letter to the Victorian Chief Health Officer regarding the Human health impact of proposed elevated diesel trains on the Caulfield to Dandenong line can be found here.
Thursday 9th June 2016
Labor has sneakily gazetted Caulfield to Dandenong Skyrail planning amendment (GC37).
Amendment GC37 can be found here.
Monday 30th May 2016
Nobody voted for Skyrail on the Frankston line.
Documents with LXRA identification linked to Skyrail spruikers. A Skyrail along our bayside suburbs will create a massive visual intrusion on local communities.
Letter to the No Skyrail on the Frankston Line Community
LXRA letter to residents
moorabbin to frankston corridor
Intensifying Melbourne Report – Visions for urban intensification in Melbourne – Intensifying Melbourne 2014_180dpi
Thursday 19th May 2016
PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND ESTIMATES COMMITTEE
Inquiry into Budget Estimates 2016–17
Melbourne—12 May 2016
PUBLIC ACCOUNTS AND ESTIMATES COMMITTEE TRANSCRIPT
Transcript – PAEC – Committee questioning Transport Minister, Jacinta Allan on Skyrail.
Thursday 14th April 2016
Leader of the Government denies knowledge of illegal Sky Rail works during Question Time in the Legislative Council today.
Wednesday 23rd March 2016
A skilled group of voluntary community members have developed an alternative to the elevated Skyrail project proposed by the Andrews Labor Government for the Pakenham and Cranbourne lines, advocating a “Do it once, do it properly” approach to intergenerational infrastructure. See attached document. You deserve to know more
Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Government refuses to commit to an environmental effects statement during question time.
Sky Rail submissions close on 5pm, Friday 18 March 2016 and can be made here: http://levelcrossings.vic.gov.au/crossings/level-crossing-removal-project-caulfield-dandenong-submission-form
The Government’s submission process is however a hollow process and should not be regarded as a genuine attempt at community consultation. Nevertheless some community members will want to send a clear message to Daniel Andrews and his Government and ensure their voice is heard
The Government has not been clear or honest about the purpose of these submissions nor under which precise Act of Parliament submissions will be assessed.
The Government is undertaking sham consultation because the decision to build a Sky Rail was not put to the people and the so-called consultation is taking place after the Premier’s announcement that he would be building a Sky Rail along the Caulfield to Dandenong rail corridor.
Should you want to make a submission, it is important to demand the Government undertakes a full Environmental Effects Statement (EES).
It would be unprecedented for a project of this scale and massive impact to be undertaken without a full Environmental Effects Statement.
There is no consolidated, comprehensive project document that explains in full how the project will be undertaken and its impact on the community.
Why has the Government not released full sound studies?
Why has the visual impact not been fully explained to the community?
The Government has a 3D model that has not been made available publicly.
All of the Government’s information and material only relates to two lines but now we know they want to do up to four lines in the near future.
This planned project should be assessed s part of the current brief and EES and balanced against the option of four rail under road lines.
Community members many kilometres away will be impacted by the visual pollution of the Sky Rail
An EES is imperative because the sound impact is likely to penetrate many kilometres and the community needs to be assured that elevated diesel exhaust fumes, which the World Health Organisation says are carcinogenic, will not create a hazard to human health. This can only be assessed through a full environmental impact assessment.
All Victorians have a vested interest in the liveability and visual beauty of our city which would be forever damaged by a proliferation of cheap and nasty Sky Rails in place of proper rail under road level crossing removals.
The following motion supported by the Legislative Council on 9 March 2016 pointed to the clear deficiencies in the Government’s proposals and laid out clear steps that the Legislative Council demanded be taken including a full EES.
ANDREWS GOVERNMENT SKY RAIL PROPOSAL — (Mr Davis) — Resumption of debate — That this House —
(1) notes that —
(a) Premier Daniel Andrews announced on Sunday, 7 February 2016 that the Government was proceeding with a rail over road ‘Sky Rail’ for almost nine kilometres of the rail corridor between Caulfield and Dandenong as part of the Government’s commitment to remove level crossings;
(b) this announcement was at variance with the community’s understanding of the Government’s election commitment and the community has not been properly consulted since the election;
(c) while this House supports the removal of level crossings, the Government has no mandate to remove level crossings with an extended elevated railway option given its visual impacts, potential noise impacts and the lack of community support; and
(2) calls on the Andrews Government to —
(a) listen to the community;
(b) complete a full Environmental Effects Statement;
(c) ensure key planning powers remain with local councils given the impact of these proposals on adjacent public and private land and the need to integrate other local planning objectives; and
(d) pursue an alternative model consistent with its election promise which sees rail put under road.
In addition, more than 5,000 anti-Sky Rail petitions have now been tabled in the Legislative Council, sending a clear message to Daniel Andrews and his Government that their plans are not supported.
Wednesday 24th February 2016
Legislative Council – Sky Rail Motion – David Davis MP
Thursday 18th February 2016
Listening to Noble Park residents who are concerned about the Andrews Labor Government’s Sky Rail.
TUESDAY 16th FEBRUARY 2016
Fast Facts – What Daniel Andrews used to say about underground level crossings and consultations
What Daniel Andrews told Victorians about the undergrounding of level crossings:
“In many cases, the most effective way to remove the traffic bottle neck at a level crossing is to redirect the rail line underground beneath the intersection. This approach is often the best way to maintain an appropriate level of amenity for surrounding residents and businesses.
“This engineering work requires a considerable amount of track on either side of the crossing to be submerged underground, freeing up land at ground level.”
Source: Labor Party’s Project 10,000, November 2014. In his Project 10,000 video, Daniel Andrews describes how works to remove level crossings would involve: “simple under and over-passes”.
(There were no references to “elevated” rail options regarding level crossings in this election policy document.)
What the experts are saying about Daniel Andrews’ consultation on Labor’s Skyrail
The Planning Institute of Australia has released a statement: “‘Sky’ rail lacks critical community input”.
In the statement, the Victorian President of Institute, James Larmour-Reid said:
“meaningful communication at an early stage in the process is essential to achieving a successful outcome.
“In this case, the transparency of project conceptualisation appears to fall well short of adequate.
“That this has popped up as a surprise so close to commitment suggests that this proposal has not been subject to an adequate process of planning and local engagement.”
Source: Media statement, Planning Institute of Australia.
Sunday 7 February 2016
Skyrail: Daniel Andrews vs the local community
Today’s big turnout by residents at a public rally in Murrumbeena to voice concerns about Skyrail shows it’s Daniel Andrews versus the local community on this major issue.
Hundreds of people jammed the local scout hall grounds to witness passionate speeches and to sign petition forms in anger at a lack of consultation over Daniel Andrews’ surprise announcement.
Local residents are demanding to know why they weren’t consulted about this new plan to build a massive two-stories-high rail line through nine kilometres of the south-eastern suburbs.
They are worried about a plunge in the value of their homes if this giant monolithic structure is built near their homes, blocking out the sky, and creating thunderous noise day and night.
If Daniel Andrews thought this was such a great idea, why didn’t he reveal it to Victorians before the last state election?
Or is this another thought-bubble Daniel Andrews has suddenly plucked out of thin air?
This is a cheap and nasty proposal and another example of Daniel Andrews saying one thing before the election and doing something very different afterwards.
Before the election Daniel Andrews promised local residents he would put rail lines underground at level crossing sites.
Now we learn that Daniel Andrews plans to cut a tall swathe through the suburbs with Skyrail.
Before the election Daniel Andrews loved to talk about the importance of mandates. So he should now understand that he has no mandate to build this elevated rail instead of the promised underground option.
There are other questions, like how many freight trains will use these nois-projecting overpasses? How much compensation will be paid to those affected by reduced property values?
And will Daniel Andrews rule out elevated rail along the Frankston line?
Residents at Murrumbeena vowed that today’s rally was only the start and they’ll be back outside 1 Treasury Place at 9 o’clock on Monday morning.
Local Lobor MPs like Member for Oakleigh Steve Dimopoulos now have a choice to either fight for their local community and have the rail line put underground as promised, or they can side with fast-talking Daniel Andrews and build this cheap and nasty elevated rail.
Reject now !
Online Petition: www.doublecrossed.com.au
Printable hardcopy download: No Skyrail for Pakenham & Dandenong lines Petition