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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 […]

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 […]

Hearings over – Minister to release report by 30 June

The hearings have now finished. The committee will complete its report by 30 May and the Minister must release it by 30 June. The blog has recorded all that was said over 30 days: all evidence presented and omitted; all harms projected and ignored; all costs financial and social. My enormous gratitude to all who […]


Media release: Coalition of community groups After 30 days, the public hearings on the East West Link project will close today. Community members will meet at 1:15pm in Treasury Gardens opposite the hearings to mark the final day. Nearly 1,400 community groups and individuals prepared detailed submissions in response to the CIS. Around 210 made […]

Distinguished engineers say East West Link process fundamentally flawed

By Petra Stock Today three respected engineers told the Assessment Committee the process for the East West Link is irredeemably flawed. In their presentations Dr Paul Steinfort, Dr Simon Moodie and Professor Tony Marjoram tackled what Moodie termed the project’s “methodological flaws”: the rushed planning; the lack of probity, transparency and due process; the failure […]


By Andrew Herington. The panel hearings are rapidly coming to a close with three more days of individual and community group submissions. On the final day, the combined community groups have 20 minutes allocated which will be presented by Tom Pikusa, counsel for the Royal Park Protection Group. Andrew Herington also has 20 minutes on […]

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 […]


By Andrew Herington Day 7 was turned over to an active debate on noise levels with stark differences being highlighted.  Not only are the standards that apply in NSW tougher than those in Victoria but there will be different standards applied at each end of the tunnel. The “assessment criteria” used in NSW are generally […]

Public Hearings Begin 3 March

You can find more information on the public hearings here. The timetable is being finalised, but the latest version is here.  This is likely to change. Community members will host a live blog of the hearings on this site – more to come. If you would like to receive email updates on the hearings, register […]