Victoria Minister for Roads Terry Mulder
Formal Planning Process And Consultation Starts For The East West Link
Victor P Taffa
Community members can learn more and have their say about the East West Link project with a formal planning process for the city-shaping project officially starting today, Minister for Roads Terry Mulder announced.
Mr. Mulder said that an indicative corridor for the project had been developed and it was now time to get feedback from the community before finalising a more detailed design for release over the coming months.
“We’re getting on with the job of delivering the East West Link for the Victorian community as announced in last week’s Victorian Budget.” Mr. Mulder said.
“This work will concentrate on any social, heritage and environmental impacts of the project and how they can be best avoided or mitigated.”
“While we know that we clearly need the East West Link, it’s important to understand any local concerns so that we can take these into account as the project develops. We are encouraging everyone to participate in the planning process and upcoming consultation activities for the East West Link.”
“We also expect the market to have some innovative ideas on the East West Link given its expertise in financing and constructing major tunnel projects around the world, so we’ll also be seeking ideas from industry.” Mr. Mulder said.
Minister for Planning Matthew Guy said that the planning process and consultation work can now begin.
“I have decided that a Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS) is required under the Major Transport Project Facilitation Act 2009.” Mr. Guy said.
“This is a clear, transparent planning and assessment process that involves community feedback on this important project for all Victorians.”
Mr. Mulder said this meant there would be a range of technical studies in areas like social, heritage and environmental to help understand any issues, with the final CIS documentation expected to be on exhibition for public comment by the end of this year.
“This is really looking at all the nuts and bolts of the East West Link and making sure that people have the opportunity to provide input into its development, while also applying for the necessary approvals ahead of its construction.” Mr. Mulder said.
Government agency Linking Melbourne Authority will be holding a series of public information displays for the East West Link over the coming weeks:
- Saturday 1 June, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm at St. Brendan’s Hall, Corner of Church and High Streets, Flemington;
- Sunday 2 June, 11.00 am to 3.00 pm at Collingwood Masonic Hall, 141 Gipps Street, Collingwood;
- Monday 3 June, 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm at St. Michael’s Parish Hall, 14 McIlwraith Street, North Carlton;
- Thursday 6 June, 5.00 pm to 8.00 pm at the State Netball and Hockey Centre, Brens Drive, Royal Park.