The North East Link is a planned new road linking Melbourne’s Metropolitan Ring Road (M80) to the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road. 

The Victorian Government considered four potential corridor options for North East Link and announced Corridor Option A as the preferred option in November 2017.

You can view the
project map to see early design ideas.

We strongly oppose North East Link Corridor Option A as it will have a direct impact on Boroondara’s liveability.

It will place Boroondara’s parkland and green space, recreational areas and community facilities at risk. Traffic volumes, noise and pollution on Bulleen Road and Doncaster Road will increase.

We believe Corridor
Option C best serves the project criteria and region.

We will continue to fight for our community to protect Boroondara’s environment and local amenity. 

Timeline

Date

Details

7 August 2017

Victorian Government releases four potential options

17 August 2017

NELA holds public information session              

12 September 2017

Council hosts community forum 

18 September 2017

Council makes a formal submission to NELA

24 November 2017

Victorian Government announces Corridor Option A as preferred route

2 February 2018 Works proposed by NELA declared Public Works under the Environment Effects Act 1978;  NELA must prepare an Environment Effects Statement (EES)
April 2018 NELA holds public information sessions and releases first project design update
Mid-late 2018 NELA to release refined project design for community feedback
Early 2019 Completed Environment Effects Statement (EES) to be released for public review 

Concerns about corridor option A

Council has actively been working to inform residents about North East Link corridor Option A and the potential impacts to the Boroondara community.

We have sent out information via letters, the Leader newspaper, social media posts and our website.

We believe Corridor Option A will directly impact on the City of Boroondara with relation to:

  • the compulsory acquisition of both private and public land
  • the Freeway Golf Course and Boroondara Tennis Centre
  • Koonung Creek Reserve and other parks extending to Chandler Highway through upgrades to the Eastern Freeway including additional lanes
  • additional traffic and noise on Bulleen Road, connecting arterial roads and local roads and possible changes to these roads
  • additional noise levels along the Eastern Freeway corridor due to an increase in traffic and notably truck traffic
  • impacts on the future provision of the Doncaster Rail project.

Boroondara's submission to NELA

On 8 September 2017 Council submitted our formal response to NELA. We requested further information so we could properly assess the options and understand the specific details of Corridor Option A.

Read Boroondara's submission to NELA

Providing access to Boroondara land

Following extensive discussion, we have decided to permit NELA access to Boroondara land for testing, surveying and investigation purposes. All other councils directly impacted by the North East Link project have previously provided such access to NELA.

In order to access our land, NELA must abide by a series of conditions, including sharing all information collected with Council, providing notice to nearby properties and reinstatement of any and all damage to Council assets to Council’s satisfaction and NELA’s cost.

Providing access in this way ensures Council retains operational control for our sites and facilities when the testing and surveying is undertaken. We are removing the potential for any guesswork about the potential impacts of the road by NELA.

By providing access, we are allowing a full and proper assessment of the environmental impacts of the North East Link on Boroondara. NELA will use the information gathered from our land in the development of the Environmental Effects Statement (EES). We will also be better informed about the program of works and impacts to our community.

We continue to strongly oppose Corridor Option A and will continue to support our community in their opposition to Corridor Option A.

Involving the community in discussions

Council is advocating for the community and actively listening to your concerns. We welcome your comments by email at [email protected]

We will continue to ensure the community remains informed about this project.

Community Forum

On Tuesday 12 September 2017, Council hosted a community forum in Kew to listen to residents’ concerns about North East Link corridor Option A.

More than 440 residents attended and the live stream on Facebook reached more than 5,200 people, with many viewers posting comments and providing feedback during the session.

Further information

1 August 2017 - Mayor's blog: North East Link could impact Boroondara

12 September 2017 - Recording of community forum: Boroondara Facebook page 

24 November 2017 - Victorian Government media release - North East Link Victoria’s Biggest Ever Transport Project  

24 November 2017 - City of Boroondara media release - 
North East Link Corridor Option A would deliver a blow to Boroondara homes and liveability

April 2018 - North East Link Project Update - North East Link YouTube

Maps of the 4 options, fact sheets, and project updates: North East Link Authority website.

Contacts

North East Link Authority

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 1800 941 191

Post: GPO Box 4509, Melbourne VIC 3001

City of Boroondara

Phone: 9278 4444

Email: [email protected]

Post: Private Bag 1, Camberwell VIC 3124

The Hon. Luke Donnellan, Minister for Roads and Road Safety

Phone: (03) 9706 0566

Email: [email protected]

Post: PO Box 126, Endeavour Hills, VIC 3802

The Hon. Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning

Phone: (03) 9415 8901

Email: [email protected]

Post: PO Box 1474, Collingwood, VIC 3066

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