Government scraps road body Linking Melbourne Authority

Herald Sun: Government scraps road body Linking Melbourne Authority. 7 January 2015

THE Victorian Government has abolished the Linking Melbourne Authority, the agency that oversaw the construction of EastLink and Peninsula Link and was in charge of the scrapped East West Link.

It is understood Treasurer and acting roads minister Tim Pallas sent a letter to LMA chiefs today advising the authority would be abolished.

About 60 staff employed at the agency would be offered redeployment within the Victorian public service if they wished.

Just last month Roads Minister Luke Donnellan said the authority would be kept, despite not having any major projects to oversee.

LMA was established on 1 July 2010, by the Bracks Government, with the sole task to oversee complex road projects on behalf of the Government. Continue Reading…

East West Link business case publicly released

15 December 2014: News coverage from ABC Victoria, Seven News Melbourne and 9 News on the (now) publicly released East West Link business case.

Especially worth watching for John Ferguson from The Australian dishing it out to ex-Treasurer Michael O’Brien.

A Referendum on Melbourne’s future

A Referendum on Melbourne’s future By Andrew Herington

The Prime Minister has sealed the fate of the controversial East West Link. When Tony Abbott declared the November 29th Victorian election to be a referendum on the project, he gave the winner a mandate – that most precious of things in politics.

If Labor wins, the project is dead. Daniel Andrews’s recent answers have been emphatic. If the Liberals win, it will have the political legitimacy that it has so far lacked. The final hurdle for the project would be whether the planning approval survives each of the three Supreme Court challenges currently underway.

Lend Lease and its consortium partners would still face protracted and well organised community resistance. In the early months, this would focus on sit-ins to prevent the excavation of a huge cutting in the central part of Royal Park – the largest hole ever proposed to be dug in Melbourne.

Denis Napthine has misread the public mood and put all his eggs in one basket, making the tollway the cornerstone of his Government whilst Daniel Andrews has staked his reputation on reversing the hastily signed contracts. The tollroad may turn out to be a very large political hole. Continue Reading…

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