North East Link - what’s next?

8 Apr 2020
Well Governed Council

We’re continuing to advocate for the best outcome for our community in regards to the North East Link (NEL) project.

In February, Council unanimously agreed to seek a judicial review into the Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) Environment Effects Statement (EES) hearing process and the Minister’s assessment of the EES. The Directions Hearing for the Supreme Court challenge is scheduled for 24 April, and the Supreme Court hearing will be later in the year.

Irrespective of this, we will continue to work constructively with NELP and the State Government to ensure the interest of our community remains at the forefront of any discussions.

NEL early works are being delivered by PCB Contractors with underground works and site investigations such as borehole drilling to occur throughout the proposed alignment. Residents may notice access pits and launch shafts in the Bulleen area. Any concerns about early works should be directed to NELP by contacting their hotline on 1800 105 105.

In late 2020, the contractor for the construction of the North East Link will be announced. We will work with this contractor to help influence the final design and advocate for the commitments we have asked for to offset the impacts of the project.

Construction of the new tunnels is expected to commence in 2021 and works to the Eastern Freeway are anticipated to start from 2023.

Find out more and stay up to date on our advocacy work.

View a video of our recent North East Link community information forum held in March 2020.