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The Yarra Freeway

Future Home of The Eastern-Yarra-Monash Connector

Future Home of The Eastern-Yarra-Monash Connector

A couple of months ago, I was reading the Herald Sun’s assessment on how New Year’s went, incident-wise. While the article wasn’t very interesting it did mention a bit about someone falling in the Yarra river and having to be revived.  Now, the thing the Herald Sun does that The Age misses out on is the comments. It’s amazing how many one eyed opinions there are from Herald Sun readers. This one comment stood out:

“The title of the story should be “No major incidents.” Or “Girl twist ankle, call to ban NYE.” It is clear the Yarra River does not serve a good purpose, it should be cemented up, and people can use it as a road way to get into the city. That would solve a lot of enviromental problems, and people will not fall into and get sick.

Posted by: JollyMunkie of Melbourne 8:09pm January 01, 2009

Jolly may be onto something. If we did turn the Yarra into a freeway it would ease much of Melbourne’s traffic. From Kooyong to Spotswood, the Monash could just be extended into an 8 lane freeway. From Kooyong up to Abbotsford, would be another freeway, bypassing the always busy Punt road. This would then connect to the Eastern Freeway at Dight falls. There ya go, we’ve saved countless lives from the Yarra as well as helping the traffic situation without the government even having to negotiate land rights.

Herald Sun: Ambulance services busy for Melbourne’s New Year celebrations

Moomba Waterfest 2009

moombaaniMoomba, a festival for no reason other than having a festival. No ethnic reason, no holiday, just a bunch of fun things to do and according to thatsmelbourne.com.au, it’s Australia’s largest free festival.

I see that Augie March, with the recent hit song “One Crowded Hour” is playing on Friday, The Galvatrons (“When we were Kids”) on Saturday, and a few other local bands over the long weekend. There’s of course, the waterskiing and wakeboarding which always seems to amaze me at how they are able to go into the Yarra river and live to tell the story. Ratatouille is playing on Saturday night at the Starlight Cinema. The Birdman Rally on Sunday is always good for a laugh and on Monday the Moomba parade.  From Saturday to Monday night there will be fireworks on the Yarra. All for free.

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Moomba Waterfest

March 6-9, Areas around the Yarra River

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