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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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.

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…

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