Frankston bypass

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The Frankston Bypass, also known as the Peninsula Link, is a proposed freeway that would link the Mornington Peninsula Freeway to the Eastlink Freeway.

The proposed route starts at the EastLink interchange at Seaford, runs along the eastern fringe of Frankston, then via Baxter and Moorooduc almost parallel to the existing arterial Moorooduc Highway.

On October 16, 2008 the Brumby Victorian state government announced the road would proceed.

As of 8th December 2008, Peninsula Link was included in the the current Victorian Government Transport Plan and subject to Commonwealth Government funding, it is expected that construction will begin in late 2009, with completion in 2012 at a cost of $750 million.

Federal funding has not been provided for this project. On the 31st March 2009 the Victorian Government announced that it will proceed with building the freeway, financed as a public private partnership. This means that the road would be built by private consortia that will then receive "availability payments" from the Government. Work is expected to commence by the end of 2009 and be completed by 2013.[1]

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The freeway route would be bulldozed through the centre of Frankston’s 220 hectare Pines Flora and Fauna Reserve and a string of other irreplaceable wetlands and bushland remnants to its north and south.

The “Independent” Panel report reviewing the South and Eastern Integrated Transport Authority’s Environment Effect Statement has been preempted by the Brumby government, thus wasting $5m of taxpayers money and thousands of hours of submitters time.

The planned route goes through a critically important habitat corridor.

Government agencies, private and academic ecologists and consultants have testified to the outstanding values of the remnant bush and wetland ecosystems, and to their fragility in the face of ongoing degrading pressures and inadequate management and protection.

This is the closest place to Melbourne where the endangered Southern Brown Bandicoot and other endangered species survive in the wild. It’s also the closest place in Melbourne’s South and South East where Swamp Wallabies, Echidnas, Koalas and other iconic Australian species roam freely.

The largest areas such as the Pines Flora and Fauna Conservation Reserve are especially important because smaller areas are prone to degrading edge effects such as noise, light and nutrient overload, predator intrusion and weed invasion, which impact hundreds of metres into bush from surrounding cleared and urban land. Not only will the planned roadway destroy large areas of habitat, but destructive edge effects will dominate what remains.

For further details on the environmental impacts this road would have see savethepines.net.

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  1. Public-private deal to drive Frankston bypass, The Age, April 1, 2009

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