SAVE money and trees:
Urge the Minister to choose the Western Highway northern option
needs YOUR Help
Not everybody understands the advantages of the Northern Option on the Western Highway as well as you do.
With your support we can spread the word about the benefits of the Northern Option.
Voice your concern by signing the petition and following the campaign
VicRoads Environmental Report
When VicRoads' planned route was chosen, the worst case estimate for large old tree loss was thought be 221. This was later corrected to1645 Large Old Trees.
did not report a critically endangered, federally listed grassy woodland area
underestimated the area of habitat for endangered species by up to 99%
overlooked 15 hectares of remnant native vegetation
did not report on likely damage to remnant vegetation from interference with natural ground water flow
wrongly downgraded natural remnants to Degraded Treeless Vegetation (DTV)
Inaccurate Environmental Report
Independent experts identified numerous inadequacies and deficiencies in VicRoads Environmental Effects Statement (EES).
They concluded that the collected data was not adequate for selecting a route with the least impact.
VicRoads disregarded advice from their own consultants
and went ahead anyway!
A further three reports have confirmed the understatement
of significant environmental impacts on VicRoads planned
route. These reports support the Northern Option. VicRoads has not acknowledged these
The archeology report overlooked several large trees identified by a traditional owner, and an archeologist as culturally significant.
The Northern Option avoids these trees which have been submitted to governing bodies for registration.
The highway duplication project is permanent and expensive. We believe the process undertaken for the planned route relied on inadequate information, and therefore lacks integrity and credibility
Read independent opinions here, stating that:
environmental impacts were overlooked in the original surveys used to select the deviation route through hills on the next stage of widening the Western Highway
Registration of significant trees with the National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
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15th October 2017 - Update from KORS. Inc
Just in case you thought there was nothing happening on the Highway duplication issue, here's an update:
There have been some excellent resources developed to explain the problem and the sensible solution of a narrow northern alignment option.
You could start with this video
Have you heard about the Archaeology report? Eastern Maar, the new Registered Aboriginal Party, has probably sent in its comments to Aboriginal Victoria about the scarred trees and hollow trees by now. They may have some influence over route.
Planning Minister Richard Wynne is expected to make a decision soon about whether to do what VicRoads wants: that is, to approve the new Planning Amendment C37 documents and skip public exhibition of them. DELWP is very disinclined to hold up the project, by requiring any more inquiry into the route. But they are also trying to avoid more legal action. We think it can be a quick review, since it is only a third the length that was considered last time, and no new research required, or very little.
As always, a quick email to Mr Wynne, saying you are concerned about the planned wasteful and destructive route, will increase our chances of winning:
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NEWS ITEMS ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN
ABC News Story: Published June 10, 2017