Banyule Council is concerned that today’s announcement by the Victorian Government of the four preferred North East Link corridors, with possible routes, has been made with insufficient time for meaningful public consultation.
Banyule Mayor Cr Tom Melican said there was a lack of notice to both Council and the community about today’s announcement as well as the community information sessions which start on Saturday.
“North East Link Authority (NELA) is only sending out its community update, which details the preferred corridors and route options, to 300,000 households this week and yet the first of 10 information sessions is this Saturday, with the last meeting on 24 August,” he said.
“This is particularly concerning for the Banyule community given the NELA community update clearly identifies the route through Banyule – an 11 kilometre road and tunnel from Bulleen Road at the Eastern Freeway to Greensborough – as the route with the most favourable attributes.”
Cr Melican said NELA had assessed each of the four corridors and was now asking for feedback before identifying a preferred route as part of the business case which will go to the Victorian Government.
“Given the importance of this project in helping solve some of Melbourne’s long term transport problems, Council does not believe that a 12-day consultation period at such short notice is long enough,” he said.
“Banyule Council has long recognised the need to complete the Metropolitan Ring Road as a direct orbital link from the Greensborough Bypass through to Eastlink, east of the Mullum Mullum tunnel, but today’s release of the preferred corridor and route options seems to indicate that the most likely route will be through Banyule.
“This option is not completing the ring road to improve freight movement around Melbourne, it is simply building a northern freeway into the city for cars and adding to congestion on the Eastern Freeway. If this option is chosen and completed, there will still be a requirement to complete the ring road to move freight around Melbourne.”
Cr Melican said Council would carefully assess all the information about the route options and would consult with the Banyule community, encouraging residents to also provide their feedback directly to the North East Link Authority.
Residents can get more information about the four corridor/route options and the information sessions at the North East Link website or via the North East Link Authority’s online engagement hub.