Moreland and Yarra councils’ East West Link Supreme Court legal action starts Friday

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Moreland Leader: Moreland and Yarra councils’ East West Link Supreme Court legal action starts Friday. Emma Hastings. 18 August 2014

Yarra Mayor Jackie Fristacky and Moreland Mayor Lambros Tapinos. Picture: Carmelo Bazzano

Moreland Council faces the prospect of having to pay more than half the legal costs of its East West Link joint action, which begins this week.

Moreland and Yarra councils’ lawyers will attend a ­directions hearing at the Supreme Court on Friday.

They will argue the process and decision by Planning Minister Matthew Guy to approve the multi-billion-dollar project was flawed.

Moreland Mayor Lambros Tapinos said the total costs of the councils’ legal action was expected to range from $90,000 to $120,000 if they won, or “in the vicinity of $350,000” if they lost.

But he could not confirm whether both councils would contribute equally to the court ­action.

“The precise contributions are still to be determined by agreement between the councils, but it is expected to be close to a 50-50 split,” Cr Tapinos said.

Yarra Mayor Jackie Fristacky gave a similar ­response.

“The precise contributions are still to be determined by agreement between the councils — this will involve a sharing of most of the costs of the court proceedings,” Cr Fristacky said.

The project will cut across the top of the Yarra municipality, with the tunnel to have an entrance at Hoddle St, run underneath Fitzroy and Carlton, and exit near Parkville.

Moreland Council believes the project would ­adversely affect its residents through increased traffic, road noise, the loss of trees at Holbrook Reserve in Brunswick West, and impacts on the public transport and cycling networks during construction.

“It is our responsibility to advocate on behalf of the community and we take our role very seriously,” Cr ­Tapinos said.

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