Legal action against the North East Link has been withdrawn following an agreement with the Victorian Government and North East Link Project in late July.
Legal proceedings were undertaken on our behalf in February 2020 due to concerns about the lawfulness of the process of approval used by the Victorian Government for its reference design.
We are pleased to have now reached an agreement, and through the process secured additional opportunities for meaningful consultation, as well as other highly beneficial outcomes for our community.
The Victorian Government and the North East Link Project have agreed to provide us with the opportunity to work with the successful bidder to review and discuss the design of the North East Link. Our involvement in this process will seek to minimise the impact of the project on our community, land, assets and neighbourhood amenity.
As part of the agreement, the Victorian Government and the North East Link Project have committed to:
- protect and retain the Freeway Golf Course as an 18-hole, competition-standard public golf course
- plant at least 4,000 trees in Boroondara
- transfer 1.9 hectares of land at the former VicRoads depot in Kew to us for community use
- return the Koonung Creek Reserve land not acquired for the project to its original state with some improvements following completion of the North East Link
- provide $300,000 to install the 40km/h shopping centre speed limit on Doncaster Road through the Greythorn Shopping Centre
- provide $500,000 for the finalisation and delivery of the Bellevue Shopping Centre improvement plan
- provide $700,000 for the design and construction of pedestrian-operated signals on Balwyn Road, Balwyn, near Gordon Barnard Reserve