NORTH EAST LINK PROJECT COMMUNITY SURVEY - a community survey by & for local Banyule residents

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* 1. Do you support a North East Link between the M3 (Eastern Freeway) and the M80 (Ring Road)?

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* 2. What do you hope a North East Link will achieve for you and your community? Please prioritise 1 (most important) - 7 (least important)

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Remove and re-direct 'through' traffic from local roads
Re-establish and re-integrate social links between local communities
Re-establish and re-integrate economic links within the community
Preserve and enhance your local amenity
Preserve and enhance the community's established open spaces and natural environment
Realise future potential to plan and grow as a fully cohesive community
Provide improved traffic flow between the M3 and M80

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* 3. Will your home or business be impacted by the North East Link Project as proposed in the Reference Design prepared by North East Link Project (NELP)?

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* 4. Are you satisfied with the effectiveness of the consultation process employed by NELP in preparing their Reference Design?

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* 5. Have your concerns and aspirations been addressed in the Reference Design prepared by NELP?

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* 6. Regarding the Greensborough Road Corridor Section of the North East Link Project:

The current North East Link Reference Design increases the east-west barrier of the Greensborough Road corridor from 30-45 metres to a 60-100 metre wide road reserve with a deep, trenched tollway, limited bridge links and proposes a questionable and awkwardly configured interchange at Lower Plenty Road.

Extensive consultation with many Community stakeholders along the Greensborough Road corridor suggested the Reference Design would be improved without compromising the project's functionality by by:

- extending the bored tunnel as designed from Bulleen to Lower Plenty Road further north, under the Hurstbridge rail line and through toward Grimshaw Street
- eliminating the questionable Lower Plenty Road Interchange; and
- diverting all surface traffic away from Watsonia Primary School.

These three design improvements would reduce the project's surface footprint along Greensborough Road by around 80% and would thereby minimise:

- the social and economic disruption of our community, both during construction and subsequent operation;
- the loss of valuable woodlands and parklands;
- disruption to the Banyule Creek that feeds to Warringal Wetlands downstream;
- noise, light and air pollution to adjacent residents.

The reduced surface footprint would also free up land along the Greensborough Road Corridor for future community sensitive development, including:
- the potential for greatly increased parking capacity at Watsonia Rail Station; and
- improving the Greensborough Roadway for better local traffic flows and improved links between the communities on either side, and provide on-street parking for residents.

Do you agree with this Community initiated and derived Design Concept?

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* 7. The Community Design Concept outlined in question 6 has been reflected in the SMART TAXPAYER Design for the project which has been prepared after extensive and widespread consultation with community stakeholders along the Greensborough Road corridor.
(SMART - Save My Area's Residences & Trees).


Do you wish to learn more about the community initiated and derived SMART Taxpayer Design for the Greensborough Road Corridor section of the North East Link Project?

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* 8. Do you have any other comments, questions or concerns?

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* 9. First Name (Surname Optional)

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* 10. Suburb?

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