Council Alliance presents closing submissions on North East Link

Published on 16 September 2019

Aerial graphic of the paths the North East Link project and road is likely to take

The legal team representing the Alliance of Banyule, Boroondara and Whitehorse councils has called on the North East Link Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) to seek more information on the impacts and deficiencies of the proposed Project.

The IAC panel hearing heard from expert witnesses from a range of disciplines including traffic and transport, ecology, noise, air quality, traffic modelling, economics, urban design, landscape and visual impacts, surface water and ground water and open space. Expert presentations outlined detailed reports on the deficiencies in the assessment of the project’s impact, as well as alternatives to the reference design.

Many residents across the three municipalities are angry about the loss of trees and open space in their community, the proposed use of the reserves for construction laydown areas, potential noise and air quality impact, and the likely negative effect on local traffic.

Community groups and residents directly impacted by the project have also presented their concerns to the IAC.

The Alliance will look forward to the IAC report as the next major milestone. The Alliance of councils put in significant resources and effort to hold the government accountable on this major project to minimising environmental effects. We will continue to do so.

As Mayors of the respective Alliance member councils, Acting Mayor Cr Alison Champion, Cr Jane Addis and Cr Bill Bennett all fully support and endorse the comments made by the Alliance’s legal counsel in their closing submission to the panel hearing.

We have presented a convincing case to the IAC that calls for changes to the project that will better protect our natural environment, preserve our local neighbourhoods, and avoid dividing our community. The project in its proposed form fails our community. It is essential that the EES process thoroughly addresses the concerns of the councils and local communities who will be drastically affected. – Acting Mayor, Cr Alison Champion

Mayors from the Banyule, Boroondara and Whitehorse are available for interviews. Contact Eren Cakmakkaya, Media and Advocacy Specialist at the City of Boroondara on 0481 912 411.

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