Have your say on North East Link
by Sandi Miller
5th June 2019
THE NORTH East Link Authority (NELA) has released its Environmental Effects Statement (EES).
Both Manningham and Boroondara Councils have had concerns over, in particular, the light industrial and sporting precincts in their council areas.
Manningham Council claims that 1,200 jobs will be lost with the loss of the light industrial areas around Bulleen and that the road project will take away public sporting facilities in the area.
In a special meeting on June 4, Cr Paul McLeish spoke passionately about the need for compensation for removal of these local amenities, particularly as they are situated on some of the only flat open space in the municipality.
The special meeting also heard public submissions, with public concern expressed for the welfare of the 350-year-old River Red Gum in Bridge Road Bulleen, which council have agreed is a of significant cultural and environmental importance and have included its protection as one of their recommendations, along with Bolin Bolin Billabong.
Based on the preliminary information provided on the proposed North East Link (NEL) project, Manningham Council has submitted 19 recommendations to the North East Link Authority (NELA), of those 19, the following are of significance to the residents of Warrandyte.
The upgrade of Templestowe Road (including an off-road shared path) should be included as part of the NEL project.
That a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service between the CBD and Manningham is incorporated as part of the Doncaster Busway proposal.
Ensure that public transport infrastructure and service improvements to the Doncaster Area Rapid Transit (DART) are provided.
Provide a number of improvements to the local bus network to support public transport connections between the City of Manningham and the La Trobe National Employment and Innovation Cluster.
Develop the existing Doncaster Park & Ride site to create a mixed-use Transit-Oriented Development (TOD).
That a corridor along the Eastern Freeway is preserved for a future heavy rail link to Doncaster (or that the Doncaster Busway is designed to allow for future transition to heavy rail).
To deliver a number of walking and cycling improvements including a new shared-path bridge across the Yarra River between Bulleen and Heidelberg and safer pedestrian crossings in various locations.
Enhance the Koonung Creek Linear Park and associated trails, including a safe crossing point at Doncaster Road and maintain the existing natural landscape environment.
Minimise or mitigate impact to several sites of (cultural, recreational or community) significance throughout the municipality.
Provide prominent public art at key “gateway” entrances to Manningham.
Ensure that no road tolls are introduced to the Eastern Freeway
Public submissions to the North East Link EES close at 5pm, Friday, June 7.
To have your say go to https://engage.vic.gov.au/north-east-link-project
The next step is for the appointment of an Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) who will conduct hearings starting on July 25.
Those who have made a written submission will be invited to give a verbal submission to the panel.