East West Link: Third Melbourne council launches court action against East West Link tunnel

ABC News: East West Link: Third Melbourne council launches court action against East West Link tunnel. Thu 16 Oct 2014, 7:42pm

A third Melbourne council has decided to take legal action against Melbourne’s East West Link toll road project.

The Moonee Valley Council voted to take Supreme Court action against the multi-billion-dollar road project, joining the Yarra and Moreland councils in opposition to the project.

Moonee Valley Mayor Jan Chantry said the council opposes the current proposal as it would involve seizing land bigger than the size of the MCG playing field from the municipality. Continue Reading…

Moonee Valley Council to take its fight against the East West Link to the Supreme Court

Moonee Valley Leader: Moonee Valley Council to take its fight against the East West Link to the Supreme Court. Linh Ly. 16 October 2014

Moonee Valley Council will launch its own Supreme Court case against the East West Link to convince the State Government to change its designs.

The council will argue State Planning Minister Matthew Guy acted “irrationally” in his decisions and interpretation of his powers under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act (2009).

At a special meeting last night, a packed gallery heard councillors speak passionately against the $8 billion road project, erupting in applause when the council voted seven to one to take legal action.

Councillor Jim Cusack said they would challenge Mr Guy’s rationale in exercising his “secondary consents” rights to change the project’s design after undertaking a comprehensive impact assessment process. Continue Reading…

East-west link: Mayors welcome Moonee Valley legal action rethink

Weekly Review Melbourne Times: East-west link: Mayors welcome Moonee Valley legal action rethink. Sue Hewitt. 14 October 2014

The mayors of Yarra and Moreland have welcomed Moonee Valley Council’s decision to consider legal action over the east-west link.

Moonee Valley had originally refused to join the two councils, which are fighting the toll road project in the Supreme Court, but will now look at its legal options at a meeting on October 15.

Moreland mayor Lambros Tapinos said although it was too late for Moonee Valley to join his council’s action, its councillors could support it morally and potentially financially.

Moonee Valley could also decide to take its own legal action after major changes to the project, which affected both Moonee Valley and Moreland residents, he said.

“There will now be two on- and two off-ramps in Ormond Road [Moonee Ponds] and Brunswick Road [Brunswick], which affects residents significantly,” Cr Tapinos said. Continue Reading…

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