Photos from ten years ago

Old photos from June 2013

Oops, I missed posting these in June: old photos from ten years ago.

I’ll zip through these and try and post the July set in July.

Fog on Bourke Street.

Bourke Street, from Queen Street - looking east

Big dual cab utes are not a new problem, though they’re unfortunately much more numerous now. The driver of this one did not cover themselves in glory by ignoring all the signage, driving illegally into Swanston Street, then making an illegal turn into Bourke Street Mall.

Swanston St/Bourke St Mall (2/3)

(For more on utes/trucks, and specifically the problems of the gigantic American varieties, this video is enlightening.)

Anyway, I digress. Back to 2013.

11th of June 2013 was the Trains Not Tolls Roads public meeting at Fitzroy Town Hall. Here we see Rod Quantock, the MC, warming up the crowd, while guest speakers Jackie Fristacky and Alannah McTiernan look on. (Other speakers included Tony Morton and Sophie Sturup.)

Rod Quantock is MC, with Jackie Fristacky and Alannah McTiernan at the Trains Not Tollroads meeting, 13 June 2013

The crowd itself filled the room nicely. It was on this evening that I chatted to one prominent person, who said they had seen research showing that when it comes to public transport, people’s trust was highest with train drivers making announcements (eg about delays and disruptions)… and the PTUA.

The audience at the Trains Not Tollroads meeting, 13 June 2013

You could hear a pin drop when Paul Mees appeared on the big screen to give his (unsurprisingly critical) opinion on the East West Link. Paul passed away just 6 days later.

Paul Mees speaks via video at the Trains Not Tollroads meeting, 13 June 2013

Here’s the video.

By Daniel Bowen

Transport blogger / campaigner and spokesperson for the Public Transport Users Association / professional geek.
Bunurong land, Melbourne, Australia.
Opinions on this blog are all mine.

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