Why set up EWL panel?

The Age – Letters: Why set up EWL panel? 3 October 2014

You have to wonder why the Napthine government wasted money setting up an advisory panel when it had no intention of heeding any of its recommendations (”East West Link means game over for playground”, 2/10). The ”final” design announced this week contained elements that have never been aired, much less evaluated for impact – the on-ramp at Brunswick Road, for example. Previous revisions and additions are also unevaluated. Why didn’t the government save us all a lot of money, time and effort and just tell us from the outset it was going to ignore community opposition, expert advice and environmental and financial concerns, and do what it feel it needed to do to be re-elected. Clearly for Napthine et al, the end justifies any means.

Bernadette O’Connor, Moonee Ponds

Labor vows to sell houses back to residents vacated by East West project

Herald Sun: Labor vows to sell houses back to residents vacated by East West project. 2 October 2014

Labor would offer to sell properties back to residents who have vacated homes near the planned East West Link site if it won the state election and scrapped the project.

Opposition Leader Daniel Andrews spent another day defending his pledge to dump the $6.8 billion toll road, saying he would not honour a “sleazy” deal done by Premier Denis Napthine.

The Premier spent another day trumpeting the “jobs boon” created by the project, which has been boosted by builder East West Connect’s promise to use 98 per cent local steel. Continue Reading…

Final $6.8b East West Link design ignores government’s own expert planning advice

The Age: Final $6.8b East West Link design ignores government’s own expert planning advice. September 30, 2014. Clay Lucas and Richard Willingham

The final design for the East West Link ignores key planning issues identified by the Napthine government’s hand-picked experts, including relocating a ventilation stack away froma primary school, and removing a massive spaghetti junction that will replace parkland.

Premier Denis Napthine on Tuesday unveiled the final design for the 6.6-kilometre toll road between the Eastern Freeway at Hoddle Street and CityLink in Flemington. Continue Reading…

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