The end of the road.

Many of us thought we would be chaining ourselves to trees in Royal Park by now.  But thanks to the commitment of community campaigners and the new Labor government, we are instead celebrating the end of the East West Link. Yesterday, Premier Daniel Andrews announced a $339m deal had been finalised with the East West […]

A big week for the East West Link

Last week saw some major developments including contracts being signed, changes to the plans gazetted by the Planning Minister and significant wins in two court cases. On Monday, Anthony Murphy won his right to appeal his case against the State for misleading conduct.  The judgment can be accessed here: Murphy v State of Victoria (29 […]

Map showing exit ramp at Ormond Rd

City of Moreland seeks legal advice on East West Link

The City of Moreland will seek legal advice on the state government’s approval of the East West Link. Three councils, the cities of Yarra, Melbourne and Moreland, affected by the East West Link voted against the road tunnel at their meetings last week. The City of Moreland was the only council to agree to seeking […]

Yarra City Council votes against EWLink

The following resolution was passed by Yarra Council on Tuesday night. Moved:  Councillor Colanzi                      Seconded:  Councillor Stone That Council: (a)       notes the officer report on the Assessment Committee’s findings and report on the East West Link Comprehensive Impact Statement and the Minister for Planning determinations of 30 June 2014 on the 6 applicable approvals for the East West Link subject to […]

Don’t sign on EWLink before election, Council says

Melbourne City Council voted last night to continue its opposition to Stage 1B of the East West Link and called for the Napthine government not to sign contracts before the November state election. Six councillors supported a motion moved by Cr Rohan Leppert while five councillors including Lord Mayor Robert Doyle voted against the ten-point […]

City of Melbourne must act to avoid poor planning

The City of Melbourne must act to ensure contracts for the East West Link are not rushed through before the Victorian state election while large parts of the project, including Part B and impacts on Ross Straw Field and Parkville, remain unconfirmed and have not been rigorously assessed. In order to avoid mopping up the […]

June 28 rally in pictures

Further problems with Minister’s approval

1.  Flemington Road interchange – but where? The Ministerial determination says the development plan needs to include a new connection between the declared project and Flemington Road.  The approval only specifies the land coloured in the picture above.  So where can a new interchange be located? One suggestion is that they may slide from the […]

Which Panel recommendations has Minister Guy accepted?

See Table here: Minister’s response to Panel Recommendations Accepted by Minister Delete Elliot Ave interchange No net loss of public open space Some improvements to tunnel ventilation Debneys Park Master Plan Air Monitoring for Part B Mitigation works for Essendon Gardens as requested Issue consent re water-ways Community Liaison Group for the Manningham Street/West Parkville residents […]

Minister approves East West Link but final design unknown

The Minister for Planning, Matthew Guy, has approved the stage one of the East West Link but has ignored key recommendations from the planning panel to reduce impacts from the project. Mr Guy announced on Monday that he has granted relevant approvals for the project on the condition that the Linking Melbourne Authority redesign parts of the […]