We’ve also created more opportunities for more trees to be planted as part of the project design. Longer tunnels to Watsonia and simpler interchanges have created space for new parklands, wetlands, green bridges and tree planting along new and upgraded walking and cycling paths and upgraded local roads.

Across the entire North East Link Program more than 50 MCGs of open space will be delivered including:

  • 5 MCGs of new community parklands and wetlands along a revitalised Banyule Creek at Borlase Reserve in Yallambie
  • a new tree-lined boulevard for Greensborough Road with 700 trees and wider, shaded walking and cycling paths
  • new wetlands along the Yarra River and Koonung Creek in Bulleen and Balwyn North including a 1800m2 cultural landscape precinct
  • a 2 hectare Yarra Link green bridge over Bulleen Road in Bulleen
  • upgrades to Koonung Creek Reserve in Balwyn North.

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Significant trees and plants

We’re working to increase the number of significant trees and plants while we build North East Link including the Studley Park Gum tree and Matted Flax-lily.

Seeds from Studley Park Gum trees have been collected, grown at the Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria and planted in Yarra River parklands. More than 300 trees have been planted so far, replacing each of up to 52 trees expected to be removed to build North East Link with at least 2.

Matted Flax-lilies have also been carefully moved away from construction areas, ready for planting in new locations. We expect up to 139 Matted Flax-lily plants will need to be moved to build North East Link. More than 450 will be planted – establishing new populations more than 3 times the size. The first Matted Flax-lilies for North East Link were planted in August, 2022 at Cherry Street Reserve, Macleod.

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