The proposal

A joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) is being appointed to consider the Environment Effects Statement (EES), Works Approval Application, draft planning scheme amendments affecting the Banyule, Boroondara, Manningham, Nillumbik, Whitehorse, Whittlesea and Yarra planning schemes and public submissions in accordance with the Terms of Reference approved by the Minister for Planning.

North East Link provides a new freeway standard connection between the M80 Ring Road and an upgraded Eastern Freeway, completing the missing link in Melbourne’s metropolitan ring road. It will give the city a fully completed orbital connection for the first time. The project includes Victoria’s longest twin road tunnel, Melbourne’s first dedicated high-speed busway, new public open space and extensive walking and cycling links.

The project includes:

  • M80 Ring Road to Lower Plenty Road: From the M80 and Greensborough Bypass to the northern tunnel portal, this section will include above, below and at surface road sections, with new road interchanges at M80, Grimshaw Street and Lower Plenty Road.
  • Tunnels: From the northern tunnel portal located just north of Lower Plenty Road to south of Manningham Road, twin tunnels would travel under residential areas, Banyule Flats and the Yarra River. Near each tunnel portal supporting tunnel infrastructure would be required, including ventilation structures and substations. This section would include a new interchange at Manningham Road.
  • Bridge Street to Eastern Freeway: This section would include open cut and bored or mined tunnel with the southern tunnel portal located south of the Veneto Club. Further south, surface road and viaduct structures would connect to the Eastern Freeway via a new interchange.
  • Eastern Freeway upgrades: From around Hoddle Street in the west to Springvale Road in the east, modifications to the Eastern Freeway would include widening to accommodate future traffic volumes, provision of new dedicated bus lanes for rapid bus services and associated works.

North East Link Project (NELP) is managing the Project on behalf of the Victorian Government.


You may inspect the EES, draft planning scheme amendment and works approval application and any related documents free of charge on the North East Link Project webpage.

Submissions were invited between 10 April and 5.00pm on 7 June 2019.

Directions Hearing

The public is invited to attend the Directions Hearing, which will be held:

21 June 2019, 10:00am

The Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen

The purpose of the Directions Hearing is to:

  • consider any preliminary or procedural issues and give directions about the conduct of the Hearing including the exchange of any expert witness reports
  • make arrangements for the Hearing, including the Timetable and Hearing venue
  • answer any questions people may have about the Hearing.

You should attend the Directions Hearing if

  • you are unfamiliar with the process and wish to participate in the Public Hearing process
  • you have questions about the process or wish to raise any procedural issues.

Submissions will be made available online towards the end of the week ending the 14 June 2019 or early on the week beginning the 17 June 2019.

Public hearings

Any individual who provides a submission also has the opportunity to be heard at the Public Hearing following the submissions process. The Public Hearing is open to the public and a timetable will be prepared on the information collected.

The IAC will hold public hearings commencing 25 July 2019 at The Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen.

Expert Evidence

If evidence is being called, the IAC will make directions about the submission of expert reports. These reports need to be circulated at least 5-10 working days before commencement of the Hearing, or as directed by the IAC.


The IAC is required to submit its Report to the Minister for Planning no later than 30 business days from the completion of its Public Hearing, in accordance with the Terms of Reference.

Contact Us

For questions about the Inquiry and Advisory Committee process (including questions about submissions), please contact:

Name Planning Panels Victoria
Phone 136 186

For questions about the North East Link Project, the EES documentation, and accessibility requirements

Name North East Link Project
Phone 1800 105 105

For questions about the EES process, please contact:

Name Impact Assessment Unit, DELWP
Phone (03) 8392 5503

For questions about the Works Approval Application, please call:

Name EPA Victoria
Phone 1300 372 842

More detail about the North East Link Project is available at:

If you require an Interpreter please call TIS (Telephone Interpreting Service) on 131 450 and ask to connect to North East Link Project on 1800 105 105.