After seven weeks of hearings, more than 850 public submissions and thousands of pages of arguments from lawyers, the independent planning panel examining the government’s North Eastlink Toll Road Project has retired to prepare its report on the project’s future.
Through its lawyers, the North East Link Project Authority systematically rejected almost every issue and alternative idea raised during the EES process claiming that the reference design and the proposed management plans represent the best outcome for the state.
In his presentation to the NEL advisory panel on Monday Mr Barton asked them to consider five areas of community concern in its recommendations to the Minister – enforceable EPA construction guidelines, better solutions for the Bulleen Industrial Zone, better protection of the Green Ribbon, the inclusion of feeder roads and priority on public transport services.
I’ve asked the Planning Minister to undertake the required rezoning of the Websters Road site in Templestowe in a timely manner to allow the council to subdivide the area to accommodate businesses from Bulleen.
I asked Minister Wynne in Parliament today to undertake the required rezoning of the site at Websters Road as soon as possible to allow Manningham Council to subdivide the area to accommodate businesses from the soon to be displaced Bulleen Industrial Zone.