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Council boosts budget to fight for North East Link benefits

Fri 10 August, 2018

Banyule Council’s efforts to get benefits from the North East Link project was given a $1 million plus boost at Monday night’s Council meeting following approval of additional funding.

The extra funds will help meet the rising cost of Council’s advocacy for the best possible North East Link outcomes for Banyule.

Banyule Mayor Cr Mark Di Pasquale said it was important that Council continue to represent the community’s interests by being part of the process.

“Planning for the North East Link by the North East Link Authority is rapidly progressing,” Cr Di Pasquale said.

“This extra funding means we can continue to advocate for better outcomes from the North East Link for Banyule and can consider engaging specialised expertise when it is needed.

“We’ll be asking the Victorian Premier to fund Council’s extra financial outlay.”

 The North East Link Authority (NELA) is currently preparing an Environment Effects Statement (EES) to address issues the North East Link could impact on such as air quality, noise, land use, business, arboriculture, landscape, human health, historical heritage, Aboriginal cultural heritage, ecology and greenhouse gas.

Council has already identified that NELA needs to consider local urban design, traffic, parking, vegetation, land values, local traders and businesses and property acquisition in this EES.

The final EES is due to be released for public comment in early 2019. An independent panel will hear submissions in mid-2019.

Council will consider making a submission using legal representation and expert witnesses as needed.

Council is advocating to NELA and other state government agencies for improvements to active transport, public open space, road and interchanges, public transport and land use.

More on the EES process can be found at northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment