Media Release 15 January 2016

Council to continue advocating for Alphington residents on Chandler Highway upgrade

15 January 2016

Yarra City Council was advised earlier this week that VicRoads has submitted to the State Government its recommendation for a six-lane Chandler Highway and bridge upgrade to the western side of the site.

Yarra Mayor, Cr Roberto Colanzi said: “We share the community’s concerns that this option will have an unacceptable impact on local residents and the environment.

“Council has advocated strongly to the Minister to consider options for a new road and bridge design that does not adversely impact the wellbeing of existing Alphington residents, respects the Yarra River, and provides practical, integrated public transport options.

“Following representations from Council, VicRoads undertook further consultation with Alphington residents.  However it appears that the preferred option being recommended has not changed substantially from what was originally proposed.

“We do not support a six-lane widening or a six-lane bridge, which will only encourage traffic, increase levels of congestion and cause environmental damage and air pollution.

“The decision now rests with the Minister and we hope that he will seriously consider the impact on the amenity and wellbeing of the proposed upgrade on existing Alphington residents.” 

Further information

Brooke Colbert, Manager of Communications, Advocacy, Engagement and Media on 9205 555 or 0409 267 439 or by email