Moonee Valley’s East West Link challenge hits Supreme Court

The Weekly Review Moonee ValleyMoonee Valley’s East West Link challenge hits Supreme Court Sue Hewitt. 20 November 2014

Moonee Valley Council lodged Supreme Court documents challenging the east west link project on Thursday.

The council’s case is based on why the state government changed the project and challenges the legality of the decision and the process followed.

Deputy mayor Cam Nation said the late and “surprise” changes to the project announced by Planning Minister Matthew Guy in October would have “devastating impacts” on the municipality.

“Council has initiated a Freedom of Information request to obtain the project’s plans and details to determine if there was sufficient justification for the last minute changes to the design, which added a complex network of elevated roads next to the Flemington Housing Estate and along Moonee Ponds Creek”, Cr Nation said.

Major changes to the project included a new four to five lane road through Debneys Park and a widened Ormond Road off ramp and new Brunswick Road on ramp.

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Melbourne no aceptará la autopista ‘East West Link’

La compañía española Acciona es parte del consorcio seleccionado para construir la primera fase de una carretera de peaje de 18 kilometros de largo que atravesara la cuidad de Melbourne en Australia.  El proyecto se llama el East West Link.

La carretera atravesaría una de las zonas más antiguas y densamente pobladas de la ciudad. Unas docenas de casas y negocios serán derribados y unos cientos de casas y negocios serán adquirido obligatoriamente. Imagínense que esto mismo pasara en los barrios de Madrid, o en las areas céntricas de Barcelona!

El parque más grande y antiguo, el Parque Real – conocido como “los pulmónes de la ciudad” – perderá en la parte occidental su tranquilidad, al quedar debajo de siete viaductos. Uno de los viaductos pasará al lado de un edificio de viviendas sociales, al décimo piso. En este complejo de viviendas residen muchos refugiados y gente vulnerable.

Se perderá zona verde bien preciado para la recreación y un humedalpara plantas y pájaros indígenas.

Esta construcción costará cinco mil millones de euros, pero todavía no es oficial el cargo fijo que se pagará a Acciona y al consorcio durante 25 años. Esto causará un gran impacto en el presupuesto del estado, desviará fondos que podrían ser mucho mejor invertidos en proyectos eficientes de transporte público, salud y educación. El contrato comercial no es transparente pero se sabe bien que los costos superan a los beneficios.

Es preocupante que Acciona está dispuesto a participar en un proyecto que hace tanto daño al medio ambiente, es una contradicción absoluta a lo que pretende ser. Continue Reading…

Murphy’s Lore: Councillors need to lift their game

Murphy’s Lore: Councillors need to lift their game. Alan Murphy. 4 November 2014

The Moonee Valley Council completes the first half of its four-year term this month with many major planning and development issues to consider. All are politically sensitive, including the east-west link, Moonee Valley racecourse development, multi-storey towers at the front and back of Flemington racecourse, and a huge development on the former market site in Hall and Margaret streets, Moonee Ponds. Then there is the Avondale Heights TAFE site, which has stalled yet again.

The council certainly deserves a pass mark for its handling to date of the projects which, if they proceed, will change the face of the city. Their impact on infrastructure will be huge. Traffic and parking remain major public concerns and, unless the issues are fully addressed and an action plan developed, we won’t like what is ahead of us.

But the conversation at Kellaway Avenue is that the council’s heavy workload is being carried out by only five of the nine elected councillors. Attendance at formal meetings by some councillors has been disappointing.

No longer do councillors provide written reports on their work, which is meant to be tabled at the council meeting. Instead, we hear brief verbal reports – some call it grandstanding – that provide ratepayers with little or no knowledge of the work councillors are meant to be doing on our behalf. Continue Reading…

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