The Hon Matthew Guy MLC
Minister for Planning Minister for Multicultural Affairs & Citizenship
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Monday 30 June 2014
Planning Minister approves the East West Link
East West Link eastern section given the go-ahead
Planning approval for Victoria’s largest road project
Independent report recognises the value and importance of the East West Link
Planning Minister Matthew Guy today gave the green light for the eastern section of the East West Link, including the port connection, and released the full report of the East West Link Project Assessment Committee.
“I have approved the East West Link
eastern section as a wholly integrated project that will deliver a critical transport connection for Victoria. The value and importance of the East West Link project to Victoria
is clearly recognised in the Assessment Committee’s report.
The project will signifi
cantly improve traffic flows in Melbourne’s inner
-north and provide an opportunity for enhanced public transport services.
“Today I have granted the approvals required for the
eastern section of the East West Link to be developed, subject to appropriate conditions. These approvals have been developed with regard to the As
sessment Committee’s r
eport and recommendations, EPA advice and the other matters I am required to have regard to
Mr Guy said.
West Link will improve transport throughout Victoria
this vital piece of infrastructure is the missing link in our road transport network.
The East West Link Project Assessment Committee was appointed by the Planning Minister on 21 October 2013. The Committee
’s role was
ss the Project’s Comprehensive
Impact Statement (CIS) prepared by the Linking Melbourne Authority (LMA) and to make recommendations.
“It is critical that this project delivers the best design and community outcom
e for Victorians, so my approval is subject to the LMA progressing design refinements to the eastern flyover and the connection from CityLink at Parkville and the Port of Melbourne. I have also determined that the Elliott Avenue interchange as proposed will not proceed and instead will be replaced by access to Flemington Road, subject to further detailed design work
,” Mr Guy
As part of the Minister’s approval,
the LMA is required to prepare additional plans for various aspects of the project and to establish a process for providing regular information to owners and occupiers of land in areas where further design refinement is occurring.
“The purpose of this process is to balance project benefits with community impact
s, and to work out how to minimise the impacts on the community. LMA will be required to prepare a
Property Impact Report to ensure ongoing management of the project’s impact.