North East Link to deliver more community benefits

North East Link is set to deliver even more benefits for local residents with a massive package of additional community upgrades within Manningham, Whitehorse and Boroondara.

The agreement with the three councils directly addresses issues arising from the Environment Effects Statement process and will ensure the councils have even more opportunities to provide input on the final design of the project.

In addition to the consultation processes already required under the Minister for Planning’s Assessment of North East Link, Manningham, Whitehorse and Boroondara will have an opportunity to provide further input ahead of designs being finalised once a preferred bidder has been selected.

Manningham City Council has also secured funding towards a new cycling and pedestrian bridge over the Yarra River at Banksia Park, a commitment for new public open space and planning and development work for the future upgrade of Templestowe Road.

Residents in the City of Whitehorse will benefit from major upgrades to the Elgar Park sporting precinct, open space enhancements and upgrades to cycling facilities.

The City of Boroondara has secured an agreement that the Freeway Golf Course will be maintained as an 18-hole course, with NELP shelving plans to relocate the Boroondara Tennis Centre to that site. The Government will work with Tennis Victoria and Tennis Australia to identify a new location for a regional tennis facility.

Residents in Boroondara will also benefit from more public open space and upgrades to pedestrian safety at Bellevue and Greythorn Shopping Centres.

Following a successful mediation, Manningham, Whitehorse and Boroondara have opted to withdraw from the Supreme Court challenge to the project’s planning approvals.

When complete, North East Link will take 15,000 trucks off local roads in the north east, slash more than an hour off a return trip to the airport from the eastern suburbs and will deliver more than 25km of new and upgraded walking and cycling paths.