After detailed discussions with the Victorian Government, Whitehorse City Council and the City of Boroondara have withdrawn from litigation with the Victorian Government over the North East Link process.
The councils commenced legal action because of the concerns about the lawfulness of the process of approval used by the government for the reference design.
As a result of our strong advocacy, Council has secured additional opportunities to be at the table with the State to ensure the concerns of our community will be heard in relation to the design of the North East Link.
The community will also have the opportunity to comment on the final design through a formal consultation process arranged by the Victorian Government.
Whitehorse Mayor, Councillor Sharon Ellis said, “We are pleased with this outcome for Whitehorse residents. After very detailed discussions, we have ensured we will have a seat at the table as the final design for the project is developed. We will remain engaged in the process, and will continue to advocate for the interests of our community.”
She added, “Through our strong advocacy, we were also successful in securing Victorian Government commitment to a range of important projects that will enhance and protect open spaces and community amenity in Whitehorse.”
The Victorian Government has committed to support projects in Whitehorse including:
- Upgrades to Elgar Park including:
- a new synthetic multipurpose sports field
- sports field lighting for the southern ovals
- new and upgraded car parking
- Upgrade of five playgrounds near the Eastern Freeway
- Improving the amenity of underutilised open space through upgrading access and new nature play and interactive elements
- Upgraded irrigation systems
- A new cycling route to connect the Koonung Creek Trail with key destinations in Whitehorse
- Increased tree canopy in open spaces along the Eastern Freeway corridor
- Installing infrastructure in open spaces to enhance dog walking and exercise
- Exploring options for water harvesting and water monitoring at sports fields
These projects will be progressively implemented over coming years.