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NO MEETING OF MINDS ON SOCIAL IMPACTS

By Andrew Herington. The focus for Friday (Day 14) was on the social impacts of the East West link. The harsh impact on Kensington and Flemington under the viaduct coming under particular attention through the evidence of Bonnie Rosen, the social impact specialist called by the City of Moonee Valley. She gave lengthy evidence on […]

MOONEE VALLEY OPENS ITS CASE

By Andrew Herington The focus shifted today to the inner northern suburbs with expert witnesses appearing for the Moonee Valley City Council tackling traffic and noise impacts. Louise Hicks for the Council began by tabling a huge folder of detailed policies covering planning, transport, environment, open space and other issues. Quoting liberally from the documents […]

THE DEMON DIAGRAM – THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL

By Andrew Herington The East West Link is all about traffic, a topic that got a good belting on Day 12. At the heart of this argument is the ‘demon diagram’ produced by the LMA (so called because it is red and blue – the colours of Mr Morris’s favourite football team). It purports to […]

Day 11: Good urban design is in the eye of the beholder

By Andrew Herington Three more expert witnesses and three cracking debates about the flaws in the East West Link design and potential alternatives. After 11 days, the hearings are starting to get to the meat of the argument with some real discussion about why there is only one design on the table and how it […]

Day 10: LAWYERS VERSUS EXPERTS AT TEN PACES

By Andrew Herington It seems that the next few days are destined to settle into a pattern of ‘lawyers versus experts at ten paces’. The LMA has introduced its arguments and laid out the case. The Councils are now seeking to demolish it brick by brick whilst the LMA try to defend their original choice […]

PREVIEW OF WEEK 3 – COUNCILS PUT the CASE AGAINST

By Andrew Herington The hearings have now moved into the second of three phases.  For the next ten days, we will be hearing from the Councils and their expert witnesses putting the detailed case against the East West Link. This will be followed by two days of presentations from the EPA and local politicians before […]

Time to make your case

Tips from community members: The time for individual submissions to be heard by the Assessment Committee is rapidly approaching.  It’s time to sharpen your pencil and start working out what to say. The first few individuals start appearing next week and in just a fortnight the assessment committee moves into the last phase of the […]

LMA closes its case

By Andrew Herington As the LMA case wraps up, it is fair to say the experts they called to argue the case for the East West Link were underwhelming. This reflects the small pool of specialised knowledge in Australia – and the choices made by the proponent and consultants to defend the project and the […]

Sadly, trees still don’t have standing

By Andrew Herington As a death sentence it lacked eloquence: “there is no tick in the tree control box in the Heritage Overlay”. But to the LMA these words give it a licence to clear whichever parts of Royal Park they want without the need for a permit. Day six at the public hearings was […]

Week one top ten – East West Link hearings

Is the CIS standing up to scrutiny? Five barristers and five expert witnesses later and the jury of public opinion is unimpressed. After just five days out of thirty, here are the top ten points to note: 1. The East West Link tunnel will not deliver commuters better travel conditions during peak hours.  The benefits […]