East-west link: Home compensation offer ‘inadequate’

The Weekly Review Moonee ValleyEast-west link: Home compensation offer ‘inadequate’ Sue Hewitt 3 November

Many residents whose houses are to be acquired to make way for the east-west link have been shocked by the inadequate compensation offered, but all is not lost, a lawyer says.

Residents could take the money now but legally reject the offer and negotiate more compensation later, Manisha Blencowe of Slater and Gordon said.

Homeowners had the right to get an advance on the compensation offer – which would be paid within a month – while formally rejecting the amount, she said.

This gave residents the benefit of getting cash now while continuing to negotiate a larger compensation payment, she said.

She urged residents to get legal advice quickly, although they had three months to respond to the offer. Continue Reading…

Besieged on five fronts, the Government denies reality

Besieged on five fronts, the Government denies reality By Andrew Herington

The Coalition has fallen so deeply in love with the East West Link that they are blind to its faults. The tollway is now dragging down their pitch for re-election, yet they keep promoting it. The LMA Newsletter being letterboxed through inner Melbourne is full of engineering drawings of massive bridges and roads lovingly given such fanciful names as “the Soundwave”, “vertical garden” and the “ribbon motif”. This doesn’t convince the target audience – it enrages them.

Yet, the Coalition Ministers and their engineers believe their own propaganda and see their project as a thing of beauty as well as an economic miracle. They just can’t see what everyone else sees – seven massive freeway viaducts destroying a major park, overpasses metres from resident homes, increased traffic, noise, air pollution and a massive sink hole for scarce capital funds that will prevent major upgrades to public transport for a decade.

Tellingly, they have made no effort to moderate the design of the project or take up any of the Assessment Committee recommendations to lessen the environmental impacts. They love it the way it is – and many of the most recent design changes make the situation worse not better.

The number of jobs to be created has been massively inflated. The CIS dubiously claimed 3,200 temporary construction jobs offset by the permanent loss of 203 existing jobs in properties being demolished. This was stretched to 3,700 for Stage 1, then “6,000 at peak employment” then 7,500. Now it is the basis for a Liberal claim of 200,000 new jobs over 5 years. Continue Reading…

Moonee Valley Council: East-West Link Information Session – 22 October 2014

From Moonee Valley Council – East-West Link:  – public information session video runs for approximately 1 hour 58 minutes.

We held an information session on Wednesday, 22 October to help the community stay updated about the latest changes to the project and how it will impact Moonee Valley.

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