Proponent: Linking Melbourne Authority

The East West Link was a proposed cross-city road connection extending across Melbourne from the Eastern Freeway to the M80 Ring Road.

Planning and approvals were sought for the eastern section of the East West Link: from the Eastern Freeway to the port area with a six kilometre section in a tunnel connecting the Eastern Freeway with CityLink. 

Following the November 2014 State election and change of government, the Andrews Labor Government cancelled the project and relevant approvals that had previously been granted.  The Linking Melbourne Authority has been dissolved.


20 December 2012: the project was declared by the Governor in Council for the purpose of applying the assessment, approvals and delivery powers under the Major Transport Projects Facilitation Act 2009 (the Act).

Terry Mulder, Minister for Roads, appointed the Linking Melbourne Authority (LMA) as Project Proponent.

14 May 2013: the Minister determined that a Comprehensive Impact Study (CIS) assessment process should apply to the project.

27 May 2013: the Minister published Scoping Directions for the CIS, which set out the range of matters that are to be addressed in the CIS.

The Minister determined that the CIS be exhibited for a period of 30 business days.

15 October 2013: the department's Deputy Secretary - Planning, Building and Heritage, determined, under delegation, that the CIS was adequate to be released for exhibition.

Note: for more information about the Assessment Committee see East West Link (Eastern Section) Project Assessment Committee.

  • Establishment of Assessment Committee: The Minister for Planning appointed an Assessment Committee to:
    • assess the content of the Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS)
    • review and hear public submissions
    • advise the minister whether to grant the project approvals.
  • Terms of Reference: the Minister issued Terms of Reference (DOC, 64.0 KB) under which the Assessment Committee will assess the CIS and submissions in response.
  • CIS public exhibition: LMA released the CIS for public exhibition for a period of 30 business days, from 31 October to 12 December 2013
  • Hearings:
    • January 2014: Assessment Committee held a Preliminary Hearing
    • March – 16 April 2016: Public Hearing
  • Recommendations: the Assessment Committee provided a recommendation report to the Minister for Planning.

More information

Questions relating to the project and the CIS documentation should be directed to Linking Melbourne Authority:

  • Questions about the Assessment Committee
    Planning Panels Victoria
    ☎ Phone: (03) 8392 6396
  • Questions about the CIS assessment and approvals process:
    the department's Environment Assessment Unit
    ☎ Phone: (03) 9223 5309