The City of Boroondara is hosting a community information session to help the community navigate the North East Link Project (NEL) Environment Effects Statement (EES).

The information session is from 7pm to 8.30pm on Thursday 2 May 2019 at the Greythorn Community Hub, 2 Centre Way, Balwyn North.

Mayor of Boroondara, Councillor Jane Addis, encourages interested community members to come along to the session.

“The EES is a lengthy, complex and highly technical set of documents outlining the social, environmental, planning and economic impacts of the project. Navigating the document can be difficult and overwhelming,” Cr Addis said.

“At the session, the community will be informed about the EES documents, process, what can be included in their submissions and how to state their case as part of the EES process. The community will also get an opportunity to hear Council’s key issues and concerns.”

The City of Boroondara strongly opposes the Victorian Government’s preferred route which will have very serious impacts for community facilities and open space, including the demolition of the award-winning Boroondara Tennis Centre, the part removal of the Freeway Golf Course and the loss of around 20 per cent (up to 63,000 square metres) of the Koonung Creek Reserve. The project will also result in the loss of thousands of trees.

The EES can be viewed online and at all Boroondara libraries. Summary reports and USBs containing all documents and reports are available at Customer Service Centres at Camberwell and Hawthorn. Submissions close on Friday 7 June at 5pm.

To book a spot at the information session, visit to Council’s website at www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/north-east-link-project.

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