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What’s been said about the East West Link

Here begins a summary of the comments made about the East West Link over the past 28 days at the public hearings.  More will be added to this list as the hearings wrap up today and tomorrow. What’s been said about the East West Link 1. The process has lacked rigour Three engineers told the […]

Presenters concur: CIS is inadequate

By Petra Stock A common thread of inaccuracies in the CIS ran through Thursday’s presentations on various topics including the zoo, Royal Park ecological values, climate change, agglomeration and impacts on local residents. The two presentations on the zoo by Michael Petit and me highlighted the complete lack of assessment of impacts on the zoo, […]

Personal cost of the East West Link

More than a dozen residents told the panel today about the direct impacts the East West Link will have on their homes, families and lives. Christine Di Muccio, who lives with her family in Parkville West, described to the panel the day she and her husband let their children cross Manningham Street to play in […]

Submitters sing the praises of ROYAL PARK

By Andrew Herington. Tuesday’s hearing was a solid day of group and individual submissions focusing on the proposed damage to Royal Park and on residences being acquired or left behind to live near the proposed East West Link. This followed Monday’s presentation by Gordon Ley (read his presentation here – CLOSING QUOTES – Gordon Ley) summarising all […]

Preview of Week 6: The final lap

By Andrew Herington. The East West Link Hearings enter their last full week today with 138 submissions due to be heard over five days of sitting and one evening session. After this week, there will be one more day of individual submissions on Monday 14th and the final day of Closing Addresses from the LMA and […]

HEARINGS STRIKE CONGESTION AS SUBMITTERS QUEUE FOR THE MICROPHONE

By Andrew Herington Fourteen submissions were squeezed into Day 23 with a succession of detailed presentations on a diverse range of topics – baseball, impacts on Flemington, the use of sat-nav systems to reduce congestion, a new bike arterial to the eastern suburbs, the impact on Clifton Hill Primary School, air quality, Moonee Ponds Creek and […]

LMA property acquisition tactics come under scrutiny

Tell them they’re dreaming  By Andrew Herington The theme for Day 21 was the rights of homeowners and the shocking disregard LMA have had for fair process.  As Ben Hardwick from Slater and Gordon pointed out  – it seems like nothing has been learned from the shambolic property resumption process followed for the Regional Rail […]

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 […]