The North East Link
Victorian Melways showing the route of the North-East Link
Information sourced via Freedom of Information (F.O.I.)
about the North-East Link
This information was requested by Friends of
Banyule from the relevant authorities including VicRoads and
the Linking Melbourne Authority, but was withheld...
"North East Link - Infrastructure Australia : Reform and
Investment Framework" North East
Link Stage 1 - 6 [ PDF ]
Also below is the Map acquired via F.O.I. including possible
locations of the proposed interchanges
Criticism of the North-East Link
source : Wikipedia
Project opponents claim that there are several
As a public private funding partnership is unlikely to be a
viable option, it is more likely that the Government will have to
fund this road project. In addition, tunnel will cost close to one
billion dollars per kilometre to build.
The freeway is planned to have on and off ramps constructed in
built-up areas near Bulleen, Viewbank and Greensborough.
The state government of Victoria plans to use the recently
invented act to bypass local objections to the freeway. The Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act
2009 overrides local councils existing rights to court
objections to big projects. 
There is debate over the efficacy of this transport solution.
The project will require a trade-off between environmental and
sustainability objectives, compared with increased road
With this in mind it is worth noting that:
The Banyule Flats, the Warringal Parklands and the Yarra
Corridor (the areas to be affected by the proposed freeway, tunnel
or viaduct) are one the last unaltered natural areas in the inner
North East. As such they are important habitat and are extensively
used for recreation.
The areas also hold national, international and historical
significance as the birthplace of the Heidelberg School, the first
important art movement in Australia featuring works by Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Frederick McCubbin, Walter Withers, Jane Sutherland, Charles Conder and Louis Abrahams. The
Museum of Contemporary Art, Heide is located within the proposed
The Banyule City Council recently tabled a proposal to have the
Banyule Flats, the Warringal Parklands and the Yarra Corridor made
into a Heritage listed area.
Proposed Freeway Route
Melbourne 2040 Road Plans
Map [ PDF download ] Zoom-in
for a more detailed view of this map once downloaded.
This map is referenced from an article in THE AGE | Plans for hundreds of kilometres of new
freeways | October 11, 2010 | Clay Lucas
HUNDREDS of kilometres of new freeways and expanded roads would
be built across Melbourne over the next 30 years, under plans
revealed in a highly detailed government map obtained
by The Age.
Read more ... >
Friends of Banyule NE Link Map
Click on the following link for a printable copy of the Friends of
Banyule map. This map has been shown at our
meetings and has been developed based on the GHD Report
commissioned by the Victorian State Government.
The route has been based on the GHD Report & discussions
with the 'Linking Melbourne Authority' - formerly South Eastern
Integrated Transport Authority (S.E.I.T.A.).
Additional information on expected location of 'interchanges'
along the route has been sourced through Freedom of Information
(FOI). See map below for a representation of the location of
the interchanges that are expected to be built.
GHD Report Map
Below is the map from the GHD Report - which was commissionsed
by the Labor government and released in 2008. The
entire GHD Report is available in PDF format for
download. [Note the file size = 13.81 MB]
VicRoads references the North-East link
Click on the following link for a fact sheet from the Victorian Government
Transport Plan which references the North-East 'Connector'
Click on the following link for a copy of the Victorian Government Transport Plan map of the
proposed North-East link
The Brumby Government advised in its state election accouncement
that it is spending $15.4 Million on scoping this project and
defining the alignment for the route. No firm committment of
the exact location of the freeway from either VicRoads, the Linking
Melbourne Authority, Victorian Department of Transport, nor
our politicians has been provided.
This means that there are a number of available options for the
route of proposed freeway/tunnel/viaduct. Land/house
acquisitions within a wide band of land to either side of
the large 'red dots' are therefore not out of the
Friends of Banyule will continue to seek
clarification of the route from the relevant authorities however,
we are well aware that one of their strategies would be
to not disclose the exact route, nor to propose
alternatives too early in their project, as this gives the
community less time to mount any protest.
The Melways 2010 references the North-East Link
Below is a snapshot from the map that appears in the latest
edition of the Melways
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