Expert evidence of the social impacts of the North East Link Project for the City of Manningham, Victoria
City of Manningham
Dr Stubbs recently provided expert evidence on the social impacts of the North East Link Project, specifically on the City of Manningham, to the Inquiry and Advisory Committee established to consider the environmental effects of the project and report to the Minister for Planning.
The North East Link Project is a freeway connection between the M80 Ring Road and Eastern Freeway that will provide a completed orbital connection around the city. The Project will affect the local government areas of Banyule, Boroondara, Manningham, Nillumbik, Whitehorse, Whittlesea and Yarra; as well as the Greater Melbourne metropolitan area.
JSA was engaged to consider the social impacts of the Project on the City of Manningham in Melbourne’s northeast. Best practice in social impact assessment involves identifying the distribution of impacts. Positive and negative impacts (costs and benefits) of an infrastructure project are often distributed differently across geographic areas and/or scales. The adverse impacts of projects are likely to be highly localised, whereas the positive impacts more widely experienced.
A comprehensive social impact assessment that considers differential impacts of a project, such as for local areas within Manningham LGA as well as the Greater Melbourne metropolitan area, is an important part of properly identifying negative impacts and determining whether those impacts can be avoided, appropriately mitigated wherever possible or properly compensated where mitigation is more problematic.
Tabled Documents – 29c. Manningham City Council – Judith Stubbs – Expert Witness Report – Social Impacts – 15 07 2019