Community Protest – Deliver Us from Diesel – March 19

February 18, 2013 2 Comments

The rescheduled Deliver Us From Diesel Truck Protest is on 19 March 8:00am

We will be blocking Shepherd’s Bridge (where Footscray Rd crosses the Maribyrnong River) from 8:00 – 8:30am SHARP!

We’re holding this protest to send a clear message to the Ballieu government that we need a Truck Bypass now because:
• Diesel exhaust causes cancer (World Health Organisation)
• More than 20,000 trucks use our roads every day (VicRoads)
• We have the highest levels of diesel exhaust ever recorded on a residential street (EPA)
• Diesel exhaust impacts our children’s health (EPA)
• Maribyrnong has the highest hospital admissions for respiratory illness (VicHealth)

This protest will be a safe family friendly event held in consultation with the Vic Police.

Entertainment at the protest courtesy of the Snuff Puppets and a a funky street band featuring some of the Wests’ best musicians

Park and meet at Maribyrnong Street under the bridge

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2 responses to "Community Protest - Deliver Us from Diesel - March 19"

  • Paul - Footscray says: (Edit)

    I'll be there with bells on! Driving to work today (8AM) was a nightmare down Buckley St because the traffic was actually gridlocked, mostly due to the shear number of large (even triple tray) trucks driving through Footscray during peak hour. I don't actually blame the truck drivers, I blame the poor planning and lack of local government governance which has similarities to the cities of Asia (think Bangkok or Manila). We have a situation which is causing economic damage, environmental damage and community health issues. The situation is out of control, truly this is a tragedy of the commons.

  • Peter says: (Edit)

    Yes you're spot on and we don't blame the drivers either. Unfortunately this kind of protest action will inconvenience a lot of drivers but it is a last resort we have been pushed to by a complete lack of engagement at government level.