Footscray anti-truck demonstration held over

MTAG says storms pose too much risk for next step in infrastructure campaign while VTA questions resolve of protest group

November 23, 2012

Maribyrnong Truck Action Group’s (MTAG) planned protest has fallen foul of storms that swept through Melbourne this morning.

The proposed 30-minute protest that was to be held at Footscray’s Shepherd Bridge at 8am, will now be rescheduled after being called off due to risks posed by the storms.

"Safety is paramount and we just don't feel it's a good idea to get people out there on a day like this," MTAG says.

However, Victorian Transport Association (VTA) CEO Neil Chambers used comment sections on the MTAG website and ATN’s to question the steadfastness of the protest group and suggest that the delay may have had more to do "with the TV cameras not turning up for their media stunt".

MTAG has says the protest aims to lobby the Victorian Government on infrastructure projects to remove trucks from local roads.

While the VTA has said in the past that such infrastructure spending would be welcome, it has rejected point blank MTAG’s targeting of trucks to make the point.

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