West Gate Tunnel, State Government

West Gate Tunnel, State Government

In late 2015 the Victorian Government announced its intention to construct the Western Distributor, recently renamed as the West Gate Tunnel project. When finished the West Gate Tunnel will provide an alternative river crossing to the West Gate Bridge and funnel traffic to the northern section of CityLink at Footscray Road. The key components of the Western Distributor include the widening of the West Gate Freeway, tunnels under the Maribyrnong River connecting to CityLink in the north, and important connections to the ports leaving the West Gate Bridge connecting the western suburbs with central Melbourne.

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Following the State Government releasing an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) for the West Gate Tunnel Project last month, Council finalised its position on the project and resolved to continue advocacy on behalf of the Hobsons Bay community at the Ordinary Council Meeting on 13 June 2017. Council’s position outlines a number of key concerns around increased local traffic, air quality, noise, loss of amenity, social and environmental impacts on Hobsons Bay.

The community is encouraged to understand how this complex project will impact on Hobsons Bay and to make a submission directly to the project’s EES process.

Council is hosting three drop in sessions to help the community learn how to make their own submissions to the EES project as well as to understand Council’s position.

The sessions will be held at the following venues, dates and times:

Wednesday 28 June  5.30pm to 7.30pm    Brooklyn Hall, 22 Cypress Avenue, Brooklyn
Saturday 1 July   10am to 12pm   Hobsons Bay Civic Centre, Meeting Room 3, 115 Civic Parade, Altona
Monday 3 July   5.30pm to 7.30pm  Newport Community Hub, 13 Mason Street, Newport

There are a number of temporary information displays that feature EES information at locations across Hobsons Bay through the public exhibition period. For more information on the locations of these stands, visit the project website.

It’s quite a complex project so the Victorian Government has produced the following information sheet(PDF, 1MB), breaking down the basics in an easy to read format.


What is Council's position on the project?

Council’s position on the EES was endorsed at Ordinary Council Meeting on Tuesday 13 June. You can view the Council meeting minutes here.

Please follow this link to read the media release: EES congested with detail and not enough time

Please follow this link to read the media release: Action needed on trucks and traffic from West Gate tunnel

What stage is the West Gate Tunnel project?

The Victorian Government released the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the West Gate Tunnel Project. The EES is now available to view here and is open for public submissions. Submissions close 5pm on Monday 10 July 2017.

View the EES documentation that comprehensively assess the environmental effects and benefits of the project.

The design of the West Gate Tunnel project was released in April 2017. View the design of the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Environmental Effects Statements

The Victorian Government is required to prepare a series of Environmental Effects Statements. These statements or technical reports will detail the environmental impacts of the West Gate Tunnel Project on the community and how these issues will be managed. 

The Victorian Government is engaging with the community and key business stakeholders throughout this process. 

The project team is holding information sessions across the western suburbs throughout June. Click here to see when and where the nearest information session is to you, or check out the table above. Hobsons Bay City Council encourages you to familiarise yourself with the EES and get involved in the conversation on the West Gate Tunnel project.

Who is building the West Gate Tunnel project?

The tendering process is now complete and construction of the West Gate Tunnel project has been awarded to John Holland. 

More information on the West Gate Tunnel Project can be found on the State Government’s project page

What role does Council have in the project?

The West Gate Tunnel project will have far reaching effects on the Hobsons Bay community, including how local areas look and how people travel. 

Council officers are now evaluating the design documentation and the Environmental Effects Statements against the adopted position and recommendations including the principles, objectives and performance measures that Council presented to the Western Distributor in August 2016.

View Council's endorsed position.(PDF, 1MB)

Hobsons Bay City Council would like to thank the community who provided feedback during the development of Council’s position on the project. 

This position document enables Council to advocate on behalf of its community to ensure that the Hobsons Bay community needs are heard and listened to and gives Council a more powerful voice during the design process. 

Get involved

It’s never too late to register for project updates and stay involved. Register your interest or just contact us through any of the following ways:

1. Share your views and join the conversation here.

2. Email: westerndistributor@hobsonsbay.vic.gov.au

3. Phone: 9932 1000

If you would like further information on the West Gate Tunnel project visit http://westgatetunnelproject.vic.gov.au/ or call 1300 280 939.

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