ABC Melbourne: East West Link: Victorian Planning Minister Matthew Guy approves eastern section of link. 30 June 2014
Final approval has been given to the eastern section of Melbourne’s East West Link by Victoria’s Planning Minister Matthew Guy.
Around 100 properties would be compulsorily acquired for the six-kilometre stretch of road, connecting the Eastern Freeway to CityLink.
The approval of the roadway has come with conditions.
A proposed interchange at Elliott Avenue has been scrapped, lessening the proposed impact on Royal Park, and design changes would be required to flyovers and a connection from Parkville to the Port of Melbourne.
Mr Guy said it was now up to the project’s proponent, the Linking Melbourne Authority, to submit its modified plans to the Government.
“There have been a number of requirements and conditions that have been put on this project,” Mr Guy said.
“It’s not a blank cheque, this project has been approved with conditions and those conditions will obviously have to be met by the proprietor.”
Mr Guy made the changes based on the recommendations of an independent advisory committee.
But the Minister said he did not accept several of the committee’s recommendations, including one to scrap a signature flyover at Hoddle Street.
“My view is that should be included in the project,” Mr Guy said.
Labor spokesman James Merlino said the changes to the project have made it more confusing for residents who lived in the areas around the proposed roadway.
“People that… are now affected should be spoken to, there should be consultation, the work has to begin again,” Mr Merlino said.
“This day of all days makes it clear to all Victorians that the contracts must not be signed. Denis Napthine must take his dud $8 billion tunnel project to the people of Victoria.”
More properties might need to be compulsorily acquired for the project, but it was not clear yet where they would be.