Inner Northern Coalition

General Information on the Anti City Bypass Campaign

The Background

There are two major road construction proposals being strongly advocated by the Brisbane City Council.

The Bypass is called the City Valley Bypass, and is a major freeway that will link Hale St with Newstead.

The Busway is called the Inner Northern Busway, and will link the Myer Centre with the Royal Brisbane Hospital.

The Inner Northern Coalition is opposed to both of these roads because the alternative options to dealing with Brisbane's transport issues have not been given adequate consideration, and because of the negative impacts that these roads will have.

Mayor Jim Soorley and Transport Committee Chair Councillor Maureen Hayes publicly declared that the Bypass and the Busway are to go ahead, even prior to the completion of the consultation phase, and have been advocating this development ever since.

But these projects can only go ahead if they are funded by the State Government.

Local member and Premier Peter Beattie and Transport Minister Steve Bredhauer publicly wash their hands of this issue, saying that it is a Council matter. At the same time they are secretly providing the necessary funds.

The Main Issues

1. Brisbane’s Inner and Western suburbs

will have a massive increase in their traffic burden.

  1. Victoria Park and its open space will be devastated.
  2. Building more roads doesn’t solve the problem. Over time it creates more traffic, and makes peak hour congestion even worse.
  3. There are much better options. Too many roads and too many cars destroy the city as a place for people. The key issue is the choice between a city of roads and cars, and a city of people and good public transport services.

 

 

What YOU can do:

GPO Box 2287, Brisbane, 4001 .

Tell him how you feel. (see over)

Parliament House, George St, 4001.

Ask them why they are funding the roads.

The road proposals to treat Brisbane's transport problems are based on the simple and very wrong premise that more roads reduce congestion. This is not the case.

Roads have the direct effect of inducing more traffic - they attract vehicles in the same way cupboard space attract items. Roads produce congestion. This effect has only recently come to be properly understood, as we have come to realise the negative impacts of cars - pollution of the air with smog particles (80% responsibility), noise pollution, the danger to pedestrians and cyclists, and the destruction of the sense of community in localities dominated by cars and traffic.

A major difference in the quality of life amongst cities results from whether the city transport system is built around private vehicle transport or public transport by rail, tram, and bus systems. Where private transport is the main mode, the indirect costs to the community, consisting of tax subsidies, health costs, and even simply time lost in traffic, is up to 18% of all costs, as opposed to 4% where public transport is the norm.

Brisbane must now decide whether to keep developing as a car based city, or to take the public transport option. The Government is bowing to the pressure of lobby groups who want more roads because for them roads deliver greater profits. They fail to count the costs to the community, either in dollar terms or in terms of our quality of life, because to them their immediate profit is more important.

Join the Inner Northern Coalition, and become part of the campaign to stop these new roads.

Name: ………………………………..

Street: ………………………………..

Suburb: ………………………………

Postcode: ………… Phone: ………….

Email: ………………………………….

Please place me on the mailing list of the Inner Northern Coalition.

I am able to assist by:

Taking part in actions U

Assisting in fund raising U

Letter writing U

Media work U

Pamphleting U

Other: …………………………………

Donations to support the efforts of the Inner Northern Coalition should be made out to:-

INC campaign, QCC Trust Fund

Donations can also be made by Bankcard, Visa, and Mastercard:

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Return to: Inner Northern Coalition

C/- Qld Conservation Council,

PO Box 12046, Elizabeth St, Brisbane, 4002

or phone 3252 2884.

Meetings of the Coalition are held regularly at the School of Arts in Anne St, Brisbane.

The Web Page of the INC can be found at:-

www.powerup.com.au/~qccqld/INC/

Email Address: emanners@powerup.com.au

You can contact members of the Inner Northern Coalition by ringing:-

Amy Cuppit:- 3856 0007

Richard Nielsen:- 3252 2884 F3257 1609

Anne Boccabella:- 3369 7886 F3369 6022

The Inner Northern Coalition is currently in the process of producing an 8 page Tabloid newspaper to promote the issue of the Bypass and the impact of cars and roads on the City.

If you would like to assist with this please ring one of the above people.

James Whelan of Smogbusters:

"Who wants MORE air pollution? in our homes, our workplaces, our lungs?

Already more than 80 people die prematurely in Brisbane EACH YEAR from air pollution.

Another 300,000 take sickies.

The Bypass budget of $600M would pay to construct Briztram and carry 40 000 passengers a day for free for ten years."

The Turrbal Association

(Victoria Parks traditional owners.)

"Victoria Park is taken to bits. What is left for the benefit of all Australian people should be protected."

The Inner Northern Coalition

The Campaign to Stop the Inner City Bypass

A coalition of the following community groups:- Ascot Hamilton Residents and Business Association, Bowen Hills Residents Association, Brisbane Region Environment Council, Herston Kelvin Grove Residents Action Group, New Ways Not Freeways, People for Paddington, Petrie Terrace Residents Association, Public Transport Alliance, Queensland Conservation Council, Save Our Suburbs, Spring Hill Residents Association.