You will have seen in the news that the alliance of Boroondara, Banyule and Whitehorse Councils continue to advocate strongly on behalf of our communities at panel hearings for the North East Link Inquiry and Advisory Committee.
Our expert witnesses have begun to present their in-depth analysis of the environmental effects of the Victorian Government’s proposed Option A.
The Government has not properly explained the rationale behind its preference for Option A, nor has it considered the true impact and cost of this project on the community. We are trusting that the Victorian Government is approaching these hearings in a spirit of true consultation and will consider alternatives that do not carry the same risks.
Residents along this proposed route face unacceptable disruption to their homes, local roads and community facilities. In response to their concerns, the Alliance has presented an alternative that avoids much of the environmental and social impact, strongly supported by expert research and analysis.
The many Councils, community groups, subject matter experts and individuals presenting have invested much time, effort and passion into their submissions and their concerns and suggestions deserve consideration.
The North East Link project is too important and affects too many lives to just be waved through without proper oversight and examination.
The Inquiry and Advisory Committee runs until 13 September 2019 at the Veneto Club in Bulleen and is open to the public. Make sure to check our Facebook page for the time of presentations from our expert witnesses, concerned residents and community groups.
You can see our joint submission at number 716 on the Engage Victoria website.
Cr Jane Addis
Mayor of Boroondara