Sunday, June 22, 2008

Coverage in The Sunday Age

AROUND 500 people turned out to oppose Sir Rod Eddington's recommendation to use a park in Kensington as the staging ground for a $9 billion road tunnel.

Residents said that any work at J. J. Holland Park would threaten local child care, sporting teams and Kensington's amenity.

Richard Reilly, from the Kensington Association, said the day was about raising awareness. "The loss of the park is really hitting us hard," he said. "It's so well-used and is really the only park in Kensington."

In his East West Needs Assessment Report, Sir Rod said the digging of the vast tunnel to connect the Eastern Freeway with the western suburbs should start from the park. Power to implement the tunnel plan rests with the State Government.

But Mr Reilly said opponents were anxiously waiting to see if Melbourne City councillors formalise council opposition to the project, which was already rejected by its planning committee.

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