Park activists plan fresh East West Link challenge
November 23, 2014
The Age: Park activists plan fresh East West Link challenge. November 23, 2014
Royal Park Community Group amongst trees that have been marked for removal to make way for East-West Link plans at Royal Park, Parkville. Photo: Paul Jeffers
Royal Park activists are preparing a new legal challenge to the East West Link, claiming Planning Minister Matthew Guy granted “unorthodox” exemptions to heritage protection to pave the way for the tunnel.
On October 21, Planning Minister Matthew Guy approved Royal Park’s listing on the state’s heritage register including what critics said were a series of “highly unusual” exemptions specifically for the East West Link project to be built through the park.
The minister had called in the heritage application after Heritage Victoria’s executive director had recommended the 188 hectare park be registered.
Documents posted by Heritage Victoria say the approval exempts all construction work associated with the $6.8 billion tunnel from requiring a permit, including digging the tunnel using deep “cut and cover” techniques and creating a tunnel portal. Continue Reading…