24 July 2020   

 Manningham Council has reached an agreement on the North East Link (NEL) judicial review which has helped secure positive outcomes for the community.  

Manningham Mayor, Cr Paul McLeish said Council advocated strongly to minimise the impacts on the community.  

“We worked hard and negotiated in good faith with the Victorian Government and the North East Link Project (NELP) to achieve improved outcomes for our community and remove the uncertain future we faced in many areas.  

“We have always tried to work constructively and as a result of our collaborative approach, we secured a number of projects that will have long-term benefits for our community.  

“By participating in the judicial review process we negotiated certainty on key outcomes and significant projects for the benefit of our community including:   

  • A new safer $5.8M pedestrian and cyclist shared user path bridge across the Yarra River that will facilitate walking and cycling to connect Banksia Park to the Main Yarra Trail and Heidelberg Station  
  • Detailed planning work and a business case worth around $3M for the future duplication and upgrade of Templestowe Road with shared pedestrian and bike paths    
  • Protection of Bulleen Park with no extension of the golf course, the retention of facilities for aero-modellers and archery club, and the preservation of Yarra River frontage and open space   
  • Multimillion dollar sporting upgrades:
    • Upgrading of two and building of one new AFL/cricket grounds and associated club facilities at Bulleen Park benefitting a range of sporting clubs to offset the impact of losing oval 1  
    • Construction of three new soccer pitches and related infrastructure within a new facility at the Bulleen Golf Driving Range site on Templestowe Road  (see the details here)
  • Planning for future parkland of at least 14 hectares along the Yarra River corridor between Templestowe Road and the Yarra River   
  • If the Eastern Freeway is widened, NELP have agreed to directly notify impacted residents as part of their community engagement   
  • $150,000 to further progress the redevelopment of land at Websters Road as a future employment precinct  

“This agreement goes above and beyond the normal consultation requirements of the conditions of the project approval and will benefit those residents most impacted along with the whole community.  

“We will have more active engagement opportunities to review and comment on relevant matters that impact our community and environment. This will enable us to work with the tenderers to bring even more outcomes for the community through the design process.  

“We commenced legal action because we believed the reference design didn’t provide enough certainty. We now have many more answers and this agreement provides a greater level of clarity and ability to influence the final design,” Cr McLeish said.