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Petition to Luke Donnellan, Luke Donnellan, Richard Wynne, Adam Bandt, Josh Frydenberg

Western Highway cheaper, safer, sooner: Go Northern!

                       Benefits of the Northern Option :Saves taxpayers a whopping $24-65 million dollars!Is a shorter, flatter route for drivers with less fog riskIs much faster to construct by avoiding 500,000m3 of earthworksMakes use of the existing infrastructure and carefully adds a parallel carriagewayAvoids the construction of an extra bridge over a quiet side road in the path of the deviationAvoids large underground boulders and seepage areasFollows road-ecology's first rule to ‘avoid the fresh cut’ of the landscapeDamages less roadside vegetation by up to 50% Protects endangered habitats and landscapesHas 75% less loss of large old trees; saves Victoria’s second largest Yellow Gum Adheres to the Mt Langi Ghiran Management Plan to protect heritage views                    Approving the Northern Option saves:Around 70 large old trees, including Victoria’s second largest Yellow Gum and 2 trees that are approximately 700 years oldHabitat of the critically endangered Golden Sun Moth (31 hectares), the Bearded Dragon, the critically endangered Striped Legless Lizard, the rare Barking Owl, and the State listed Brush-tailed PhascogaleRare Spring ‘soak’ groundwater that maintains a large area of plants and trees              Stop VicRoads from wasting taxpayer dollars and destroying our natural environment. We want VicRoads southern ‘Option 1’ checked against new information. A cheaper, less destructive route, the Northern Option has been overlooked. Richard Wynne and Luke Donnellan, we want accountability. How can this be in the public interest?About this CampaignVicRoads is planning to widen 12km of the Western Highway near Ararat, including a 5.7km deviation from the highway through hilly landscape. New data shows that using the existing route is much less destructive.VicRoads claim their procedures have been proper and thorough. We have contested this in court. The KORS case against the 2013 ‘Minister’s Assessment’ is pending in the Supreme Court. We cannot let them continue this expensive and destructive development while they continue to rely on a discredited Environmental Effects Statement. The consequence of continuing would be as major as the destruction of thousands of trees, many between 500 and 700 years old, in earlier stages of the project.Say NO to unnecessary destruction of our Country. Our local, centuries-old trees and precious wildlife are at risk of being uprooted and decimated by this construction. Possible Aboriginal heritage trees are also at risk of being destroyed forever. Applications to register these heritage trees have been lodged with Aboriginal Affairs Victoria.In light of the evidence, VicRoads have:Fallen short of the standards and intention of  the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and Victoria’s Native Vegetation Management: a Framework for Action (2002)Not used the full scope available to reduce the impact of road design and building methodsNot used taxpayers money carefully Please join us for social, cultural and environmental justice by adding your signature and sharing this petition to raise awareness. You can also find more information about the campaign at Together we can make a difference.

Mia Pithie
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