The North East Link

Planning and construction for the Victorian Government's North East Link is well underway. The North East Link Program (NELP) has awarded Spark consortium (Spark) the contract to deliver the central tunnel works package of the North East Link.

The Urban Design Landscape Plan

As part of the NELP contract, Spark has developed an Urban Design Landscape Plan (UDLP). The UDLP considers the central tunnels and the impact on:

  • the Eastern Freeway, Bulleen Road and North East Link interchange
  • the Eastern Freeway from Musca Street Reserve to the Estelle Street footbridge
  • the western third of Koonung Creek Reserve in Balwyn North
  • part of the Freeway Golf Course
  • Boroondara Tennis Centre land.

Koonung Creek Reserve master plan

Around 20% of the Koonung Creek Reserve may be acquired to widen the Eastern Freeway and use as a construction laydown site.

NELP has committed to working with Council and the community to develop a master plan for the whole of Koonung Creek Reserve. This master plan will support works to restore the area after the North East Link is complete.

NELP will start the master planning process for the Koonung Creek Reserve in early 2023. By this time, Spark will have finalised the UDLP, including the western third of the Koonung Creek Reserve.

Our submission for the UDLP

We want to make sure our community’s views about the future of Koonung Creek Reserve are included in the UDLP.

We will prepare a submission for the UDLP on behalf of Boroondara residents. We will advocate for our community and raise issues and concerns, including those relating to the Koonung Creek Reserve.

We trust Spark will include requests and suggestions from our submission in the final version of its UDLP for approval by the Minister for Planning.

Have your say

Share your views and aspirations for Koonung Creek Reserve by completing our short online survey by 11:59pm on Wednesday 25 May 2022.

Your feedback will help to:

  • make sure our submission to Spark’s UDLP reflects the community's views on Koonung Creek Reserve
  • inform the future Koonung Creek Reserve master plan.

Select the ‘Follow’ button at the top of this page to be kept up to date on more community consultation opportunities next year for the master plan.