Victoria kicks off formal planning for East West Link
The Victorian Government has commenced the formal planning and consultation process for the proposed East West Link road project, according to State Minister for Roads Terry Mulder.
Mr Mulder said that the Government was keen to gather feedback from the community before finalising detailed design over the coming months.
“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,” Mr Mulder said.
“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.”
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, 11.00am to 3.00pm at St Brendan’s Hall, Corner of Church and High Streets, Flemington;
- Sunday 2 June, 11.00am to 3.00pm at Collingwood Masonic Hall, 141 Gipps Street, Collingwood;
- Monday 3 June, 5.00pm to 8.00pm at St Michael’s Parish Hall, 14 McIlwraith Street, North Carlton; and
- Thursday 6 June, 5.00pm to 8.00pm at the State Netball and Hockey Centre, Brens Drive, Royal Park.
There will also be more information on the project and planning process available through an online consultation set to launch over the coming weeks at www.linkingmelbourne.vic.gov.au and a community reference group, which is being established to help facilitate communication between the planning team and wider community.
For more information on the East West Link planning work and opportunities to be involved, visit www.linkingmelbourne.vic.gov.au.