The North East Link (NEL) is a freeway-standard road that is being built by the Victorian Government. It will link the Metropolitan Ring Road (M80) in Greensborough to the Eastern Freeway at Bulleen Road.
Information on NEL Works
The North East Link Project (NELP) is undertaking early works in preparation for construction of the North East Link (NEL). Early works activities include realigning service infrastructure such as water mains, sewerage pipes and electrical cables. The works are occurring at Koonung Creek Reserve, Boroondara Tennis Centre and Freeway Gold Course.
We are working with NELP and their contractors to review plans and seek ways to minimise impacts.
Plans for Freeway Golf Course reconfiguration
On 26 April 2021, Council adopted and endorsed a design for the reconfigured Freeway Golf Course (FGC) and construction method for the reconfiguration works. Works to reconfigure FGC will begin in early September 2021 and are scheduled to take up to 14 months, with the course to reopen by November 2022.
The course reconfiguration is needed because approximately three hectares of the FGC will be acquired for the NEL The golf course masterplan presented to and endorsed by Council was developed by leading golf course architects Pacific Coast Design in partnership with Council officers and incorporated feedback from our golfing community. As the course will close to enable the reconfiguration works to be completed in the shortest timeframe possible, Council will be supporting clubs affiliated with the FGC to keep their members playing golf and social activities.
Find out more about Freeway Golf Course reconfiguration.
Download the golf course masterplan endorsed by Council.
Bulleen Park and Ride approved by Minister for Planning
On 23 April 2021, the Minister for Planning granted approval for construction of the Bulleen Park and Ride (BPR), a dedicated park and ride facility as part of the NEL project.
The BPR will be built on the corner of Thompsons Road and Kampman Street, in the City of Manningham. It won't be built on the site of the Boroondara Tennis Centre as previously planned.
Council endorsed a submission to NELP on the Urban Design and Landscape Plan (UDLP) for the BPR in December 2020. In reviewing the approved plans, Council officers were disappointed that NELP failed to adopt Council's suggestions. Critical ideas and improvements outlined in Council’s submission included:
- Distance for local residents to walk or cycle to reach the new location.
- Providing passenger amenities on the city-bound platform, where the need is greater than on the Doncaster-bound platform where users end their journey.
- Providing lifts on each platform and an air bridge to make access easier for mobility-impaired passengers.
- Installation of ‘ready to go’ electric vehicle and electric bike charging points, to meet the predicted increase in electric vehicle ownership.
Construction is set to start on the BPR in mid-to-late 2021, with the facility due to open in late 2022.
To view a copy of the approved UDLP, visit North East Link Bulleen Park and Ride.
You can also download Council’s submission.
Withdrawal from the legal proceedings against NELP and the Victorian Government
Earlier in 2020, we joined with Whitehorse, Banyule and Manningham Councils to launch a legal challenge against NELP and the Victorian Government. Following a lengthy mediation, all four Councils have now withdrawn from the proceedings.
We commenced legal action because of concerns about the lawfulness of using a reference design as the basis for approval of the NEL by the Victorian Government.
For more information, see mediation and settlement outcomes.
Approval of the North East Link
The NEL was approved by the Minister for Planning in January 2020. The approval process included:
- Development of a reference design for the North East Link.
- Preparation of an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) based on the reference design. The EES included:
- Technical reports on the various impacts of the road project.
- A draft Planning Scheme Amendment (GC 98) designed to facilitate the project unencumbered by the need to obtain planning approvals from local authorities.
- A draft Urban Design Strategy and Environmental Management Framework.
- Community consultation on the EES.
- Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) Panel Hearing to review community submissions, hear from impacted stakeholders including local councils and present a report to the Minister for Planning.
- Approval of the project under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
- Review of the IAC report by the Minister for Planning and release of the Minister’s Assessment report.
- Publication of the approved Planning Scheme Amendment in the Victorian Government Gazette.
- Minister for Planning’s Assessment Report on the North East Link.
- Minister for Planning’s Assessment Report – Appendix A – Environmental Performance Requirement.
- Inquiry and Assessment Committee Report on the North East Link.
- Engage Victoria website with links to NEL Environment Effects Statement submissions, recordings of the North East Link IAC panel hearing and all documents tabled during the hearing.
- City of Boroondara’s joint opening submission to the Inquiry and Advisory Committee Panel.
- City of Boroondara’s joint closing submission to the Inquiry and Advisory Committee Panel.
- City of Boroondara closing statement on Bulleen Park and the Boroondara Tennis Centre.
- North East Link website
Ask NELP a question
Visit the North East Link website to submit a question to their project team.