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Campaign to build East West Link launched

21-February-2015

Campaign to build East West Link launched

The Federal Member for Aston, the Hon Alan Tudge MP, along with other colleagues, has launched a new campaign pushing the Andrews Labor Government to build the East West Link.

Mr Tudge has been fighting for East West Link for several years on behalf of all Knox residents.  It is a much needed infrastructure project for Melbourne that will reduce travel times, ease congestion on our major roads, and create 7,000 jobs for Victoria.

It was an election commitment of the Federal Coalition to fund $1.5 billion to get East West Link built.

The new campaign, called ‘Dan Andrews, Build the Link’ was launched today by Mr Tudge and the Federal Member for Deakin Michael Sukkar, the Federal Member for Casey, Tony Smith, and the Federal Member for La Trobe Jason Wood.

‘Dan Andrews, Build the Link’ encourages local residents from across Knox and Melbourne’s east to sign the petition calling on Premier Andrews to build the much needed East West Link.

The campaign consists of print and electronic advertising, social media campaigns, videos and petitions. 

Speaking at the launch, Mr Tudge said East West Link was vital for Melbourne’s future.

“The Premier can throw $1.2 billion on the bonfire in compensation payments, or he can spend $1.5 billion and get a vital road for Melbourne for the next century.”

“If Premier Andrews proceeds with tearing up the East West Link contract, it will cost Victorians $1.2 billion in compensation for no return.”

“The Federal government has already delivered our election commitment of $1.5 billion to the State government to build the link.”

“Premier Andrews, don’t put 7,000 jobs and $1.2 billion on the bonfire. Get our city moving again and honour the contract.”

“Victoria’s unemployment rate is 6.4 per cent and rising. The East West Link will provide 7,000 much needed jobs,” said Mr Tudge.

“Imagine if we didn’t have the CityLink network including the Bolte Bridge and Burnley Tunnel that Jeff Kennett’s Government built. State Labor opposed that too.”

“East West Link will stop the Eastern Freeway coming to a full stop at Hoddle Street and take pressure off the Monash.”

“Dan Andrews, don’t make Victoria the congestion state. Just build the link.”

To sign the petition and join the campaign, visit www.buildthelink.com.au and Mr Tudge’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/tudgemp

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