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MP Clifford Hayes supports residents against the North East Link

(Photos by Fiona Bell.) I have strongly supported the RUANELA (Residents United Against North East Link Option A) campaign against the North East Link. I am opposed to the removal of thousands of mature trees and the massive loss of open space particularly in the Koonung Creek Reserve. 12.7 hectares of parkland will be permanently lost.

I am opposed to the overkill which this project is - a 24 lane freeway at one point, rivalling the word's 26 lane widest at a massive cost of $16 billion, which could properly fund mental health, homelessness or indigenous disadvantage if it were directed there instead.
I am opposed to the impact on sporting and recreational pursuits for my constituents. The Boroondara Tennis Centre will go. The Freeway Public Gold Course will have holes removed, threatening its viability."

I am opposed to the way this project destroys the Doncaster Rail Project - for years residents have been promised this Project was on the drawing board.

I supported local residents and the City of Boroondara in a letter to the Transport Infrastructure Minister in March. I supported local residents in the speech I gave during debate on this project in the Legislative Council in May. I supported local residents in asking a Question in the House urging the Government to reconsider the Doncaster Rail Line in June.

And I will be raising this issue in the Legislative Council again today, urging the Government to reconsider Option A in the light of new modelling work commissioned by Councils.

For further information, or to support the campaign against the North East Link please don't hesitate to get in touch with my Electorate Office.

Your Sincerely,

Clifford Hayes M.L.C.

206-208 Bay Street North Brighton 3186

P (03) 95308399 E: clifford.hayes@parliament.vic.gov.au
https://www.cliffordhayes.com.au