For every tree removed to build North East Link, at least 2 will be planted – delivering one of the largest tree planting programs for a major transport project in Victoria.

More than 30,000 trees will be planted along North East Link as part of the project design and in local suburbs nearby.

As part of building North East Link, we’re creating more than 50 MCGs of open space including extensive indigenous planting and improving local roads and building new and upgraded walking and cycling paths. This includes:

  • 5 MCGs of new community parklands and wetlands along a revitalised Banyule Creek at Borlase Reserve in Yallambie where land used for construction will be returned to the community
  • 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.

Well before major construction begins, we’ve also planted more than 1500 trees at:

Local primary schools

  • Belle Vue Primary School, Balwyn North
  • Watsonia Primary School, Watsonia

Yarra River parklands

  • Montpelier Reserve, Lower Plenty
  • Westerfolds Park, Templestowe

Sports upgrades

  • Binnak Park, Watsonia North
  • Ford Park, Bellfield
  • Greensborough College, Greensborough

Simpson Barracks

  • Meares House Gardens, Yallambie

Local parks, reserves and nature strips with local councils

Boroondara Council

  • Hyde Park, Kew

Manningham Council

  • Katrina Gully Reserve, Doncaster
  • Morris Williams Reserve, Bulleen

Whitehorse Council

  • Heatherdale Creek Parklands, Mitcham
  • Memorial Park, Box Hill North
  • R.E. Gray Reserve, Nunawading
  • Slater Reserve, Blackburn North


  • Brinawa Reserve, Greensborough
  • Booyan Crescent, Collendina Crescent, Corowa Crescent, Dwyer Place, Eastgate Drive, Evrah Place, Goolgung Grove, Kilarney Ridge, Plenty River Drive, Senbin Court and Tuta Court, Greensborough
  • Plenty River Drive Reserve, Greensborough
  • Pooh Park, Greensborough
  • Weemala Court Reserve, Greensborough

We’re working closely with Banyule, Boroondara, Manningham and Whitehorse Councils on the next places to plant trees early for North East Link.

Close to 800 responses to a community survey from people in 100 suburbs are helping inform our tree planting program. You can read a report on what we heard.

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