The North East Link (NEL) is a proposed freeway standard new road linking the Metropolitan Ring Road (M80) to the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road.

The Victorian Government considered four potential corridor options for the NEL and announced corridor Option A as their preferred option in November 2017. This corridor option proposes significant widening of the Eastern Freeway between Bulleen Road and Doncaster Road and the provision of a physically separated, dedicated busway from the Doncaster Park and Ride to the city.

We strongly oppose NEL corridor Option A as it will have a direct impact on Boroondara’s liveability. It will place the Koonung Creek Reserve, the Freeway Golf Course and the Boroondara Tennis Centre at risk. Traffic volumes, noise and pollution on Bulleen Road and Doncaster Road will increase. 

We believe corridor Option C best serves the transport needs of the region and project criteria. 

We will continue to advocate to protect Boroondara’s environment, community facilities and local amenity.

Environment Effects Statement

As part of the Victorian government’s approval process for the project, an Environment Effects Statement (EES) has been prepared for the North East Link (NEL). The EES has been prepared by the North East Link Project (NELP) - formally the North East Link Authority (NELA).

The EES is a collection of studies and reports that identify important issues about the environmental, social, economic and planning impacts of the project. It also considers measures to mitigate the impacts of the project.

There are two key activities associated with the EES:

  1. Public exhibition - From Wednesday 10 April until Friday 7 June 2019.
  2. Public inquiry - July, August and September.

Community information session

Council ran an information session on the EES process on Thursday 2 May 2019.

View the North East Link EES community information session presentation (pdf, 3.14MB) to find out what we will include in our submission and tips from our legal experts about what makes a good submission.

Public exhibition

The Environment Effects Statement (EES) will be on public exhibition from Wednesday 10 April 2019 until 5pm Friday 7 June 2019.

The EES will be on display at all Council libraries for our community to drop-in anytime during normal opening hours to read:

  • Balwyn, Kew and Camberwell libraries - the EES will be available from Wednesday 10 April 2019.
  • Ashburton and Hawthorn libraries and Greythorn library lounge: the EES will be available from Monday 15 April 2019.

The full EES will be available to read at the libraries; however, the documents cannot be borrowed or leave the library. There will be USBs with the EES loaded onto them and summary reports available at each library to take home.

The exhibition period is our opportunity to review the EES and write a submission on the issues that matter to us. Council will be preparing a submission and presenting it to the Victorian government for consideration. We encourage residents to take the time to review the EES and make a submission.  

Given the short timeframe, it is not possible for Council’s submission to be made public before the 7 June 2019 deadline. The submission will be made public as soon as it can be.

We welcome your comments and suggestions for inclusion in Council’s submission.Please email [email protected] with your comments and suggestions. 

Make a submission 

To view the EES online and to make a submission, visit the Engage Victoria website. Submissions can be made by completing an online form or uploading a separate submission. Feedback/submissions can be made until 5pm on Friday 7 June.

Public inquiry

In July, August and September 2019 the public inquiry will be held to hear from residents and stakeholders impacted by the NEL who submitted during the public exhibition process. The inquiry or panel will run for up to 8 weeks and will be held in the project area, most likely the Veneto Club.

Planning Panels Victoria will appoint the panel to review and consider the key issues, ideas and solutions identified by submitters and NELP through the exhibition period.

If you make a submission, you will be contacted by Planning Panels Victoria about being heard at the panel. Council will request to be heard at the panel.

The Minister for Planning’s decision

Having considered all information and evidence put to them, the public inquiry panel will present the Minister for Planning with a report and recommendations for his consideration and review.
The Minister will make a decision about whether the project should or should not proceed, whether conditions need to be placed on the project and if changes need to be made to the reference design.

We anticipate the Minister will make his decision by Christmas 2019.

Timeline

Date

Details

December 2019 Minister for Planning to announce decision about the project following the Environment Effects Statement (EES) exhibition, inquiry and panel report consideration.

July to September  2019

Draft EES public inquiry to be held.

10 April to 7 June 2019 Draft EES to be released for public exhibition.

2 May 2019

Community information session about the EES.

26 November 2018

NELA releases Invitation for Expressions of Interest (Early Works) and Invitation for Expressions of Interest (Primary Package).

Council endorses two concept designs at the 26 November 2018 Council meeting for inclusion in the Bulleen Park land use planning project to save the Boroondara Tennis Centre and the Freeway Golf Course.

8 September 2018

NELA releases the Stage 3 Market Engagement to Participate to the construction industry.

NELA releases refined project design for community feedback and holds community information sessions.

NELA publishes the traffic noise standard of 63 decibels for the project along the length of the Eastern Freeway and confirms this includes all Boroondara properties abutting the Eastern Freeway.

8 August 2018

NELA holds the first and only community workshop for all clubs and facilities impacted by the Bulleen Park land use plan.

28 June 2018 The NEL declaration under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act is gazetted.
24 June 2018 Victorian Government releases EES final scoping requirements.
23 June 2018 Victorian Liberal Party announces support for the NEL.
19 June 2018

The Minister for Roads and Road Safety is nominated as the NEL Project Minister.

The NEL is declared under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act.

27 May 2018 The Victorian Government releases the business case for the NEL.
13 April 2018

The Federal Department of the Environment and Energy publishes its decision on the NELA Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act referral. The Federal Department of the Environment and Energy determines the NEL is a controlled action and will require assessment and approval by means of a Public Environment Report.

NELA holds public information sessions and releases first project design update.

6 February 2018

Council presents a formal submission on the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act referral to the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy

2 February 2018 Works proposed by NELA declared Public Works under the Environment Effects Act 1978;  NELA must prepare an EES.
15 January 2018

NELA submits a referral to the Federal Department of the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

25 November 2017 Victorian Government announces Melbourne’s first dedicated, high speed busway to be built as part of the North East Link project.
24 November 2017 Victorian Government announces Corridor Option A as preferred route.
18 September 2017 Council hosts community forum.
17 August 2017 NELA holds public information session.             
7 August 2017 Victorian Government releases four potential corridor options.

Concerns about Corridor Option A

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

  • the 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 the widening of the Eastern Freeway
  • 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
  • the future of the Doncaster Rail project.

Bulleen Park Land Use Plan Project

The North East Link project, including the Bulleen Road interchange, will have a significant impact on the Boroondara Tennis Centre (BTC) and the Freeway Golf Course (FGC). Under the current design released by NELP, the BTC will be demolished to make way for a Doncaster busway park and ride facility and several holes of the FGC will be removed.

Council has developed design solutions to ensure the residents of Boroondara and Manningham can continue to enjoy the opportunity to play tennis and golf at these important community facilities. Neither facility relies on a membership base, with both open to the general public for use by any tennis player and golfer.

At the meeting on 26 November 2018 Council formally resolved to provide two concept plans to the North East Link Project (NELP) for consideration in the Bulleen Park land use planning study. The study was initiated by NELP.

The concepts were prepared by Council officers with the benefit of discussions with key stakeholders impacted directly by the proposed interchange. These include the Camberwell Golf Club, Harp Golf Club, the BTC contractor and the FGC contractor.

Both concept plans include a good quality, playable 18-hole golf course and 23-court tennis centre. The key difference between the two plans is the inclusion of an AFL size sporting oval located to the north of the proposed Boroondara Tennis Centre site in one option and the inclusion of an urban forest in the other. The urban forest would protect and improve the biodiversity values in the area and along the important Koonung Creek and Yarra River corridors.

Council encourages community members to contact NELP directly to express their comments on the concept plan. Council will also encourage NELP to engage with the broader community to ensure all users of all facilities impacted by the project have an opportunity to have their say on any proposed changes.

View Concept Plan 1 (pdf, 4.15 MB)
View Concept Plan 2 (pdf, 4.10 MB)

2017 Activity

Boroondara's submission to NELP

On 18 September 2017 Council submitted our formal response to NELP. 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.

September 2017 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.

Related media

September 2018 – North East Link design update 

27 May 2018 - North East Link business case – Key findings, Executive summary and main content 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Involving the community

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.

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. Jacinta Allan, Minister for Transport Infrastructure

Phone: (03) 8392 6100
Email: [email protected]
Post: Level 20, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

The Hon. Jaala Pulford, Minister for Roads

Phone: (03) 8392 6000
Email: [email protected]
Post: Level 20, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne, VIC 3000

The Hon. Richard Wynne, Minister for Planning

Phone: (03) 8683 0964
Email: [email protected]
Post: Level 16, 8 Nicholson Street, East Melbourne, VIC 3002

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