A better Alternative for banyule

the smarter Way

We support a Smarter Way to the North East Link Project's Reference Design

We are a collective group from the surrounding community of Watsonia and Banyule who support a Smarter Way to the North East Link Project’s Reference Design. 

We support the building of the North East Link but strongly believe that there is a better way to design and build the Link without dividing Banyule, destroying the local environment or impacting on businesses and homes.

This website is not only a resource to educate and inform the community that there is a Smarter Way to build the North East Link but our aim is to gain support to have the SMART Taxpayers Design considered by the government as a viable option to the North East Link.

AVOID A DISASTER FOR BANYULE

  • Over 7 years of surface construction

  • Rat running

  • A massive trench

  • 26,000 trees gone

  • Open space gone

  • Increased air, noise and light pollution

THERE IS A BETTER WAY

SUPPORT THE SMART TAXPAYER DESIGN

This is a long tunnel option that is better value for money and one that reduces the proposed surface works by over 80%. 

This option was developed by the community for our community based on feedback from Banyule residents.

 

Issues with NELP's
Reference Design

The northern section of proposed Reference Design from Lower Plenty Road to the M80 by NELP fails to meet the local Community’s aspirations

The Smarter Way

Discover a better alternative for building
the North East Link.
We support the SMART Taxpayers Design

What can you do?

Sign our petition
Take our survey
Follow our socials
Contribute to our GoFundMe Page
Contact your local MPs, Councillors and the Government

Watsonia Protest - Tunnel Not Trench!

Fred Buono outlines the benefits of The SMART Taxpayers Design

Sign our Petition

Show your support by signing our Petition for the extension of the tunnel to the M80

Take our Survey

Take our survey to view your opinions on why the Smarter Way is the better alternative

Follow our Socials

Follow our socials pages to keep up to date with the conversations relating to the Smarter Way

GoFundMe

Assist us with funds so we can continue our fight to support and advocate for the Smarter Way

Be Heard

Contact local MPs, Councillors and the Government. A full list of links available here

PROTEST TO SAVE BANYULE - TUNNEL NOT TRENCH

If the North East link is built, it should not cut great swathes through the community and our environment as the current Ministerial Assessment permits. We demand that Planning Minister Wynne listen to the Independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee’s (IAC) 5 key recommendations:

1 The TBM Tunnel be extended to near Grimshaw St

2. Borlase Reserve, Yallambie should NOT be the Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) launch site.

3.The Simpson Army Barracks should be declared a NO GO ZONE

4. The need for an interchange at Lower Plenty Road be reconsidered.

5. That the excessive widening of the Eastern Freeway be reviewed.

WE ARE WORRIED ABOUT:

How many more homes will need to be ‘voluntarily acquired’ for this project

How schools, kindergartens and aged care homes in the area will be impacted by the rise in air pollution by the 135,000 vehicles using the road each day

How we will move around our suburbs with street closures, massive construction and excavation zones and frequent giant truck movements.

We need a better way to deliver transport projects that benefits the whole community. We can’t allow rushed major projects that trash our suburbs, our amenity, our families’ health and wellbeing and our much-loved unique environment

 

What you can do?

Email:

Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne
richard.wynne@parliament.vic.gov.au

Member for Ivanhoe Anthony Carbines
anthony.carbines@parliament.vic.gov.au

Member for Bundoora Colin Brooks
colin.brooks@parliament.vic.gov.au

Social Media:

Post a photo of yourself on Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc) using hashtage #rethinNELink and tag @rwynnemp @danielandres @acarbinesmp @colinbrooksmp

Let them know that you support Tunnel not Trench!

 Join Us at our Protest

Protest – Save Banyule: Tunnel not Trench!

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We support the building of the North East Link but strongly believe that there is a better way to design and build the Link without dividing Banyule, destroying the local environment or impacting on businesses and homes.