An Andrews Labor Government will commission an independent review into the proposed Brunswick terminal station upgrade.

 After years of the Napthine Government ignoring the community’s concerns, Labor has announced an Independent Review Panel to provide a transparent and open process around the development.

The development has been met with much community concern given its size and proximity to residential areas, along with unanswered questions about the health and safety impacts for nearby residents.

Mr Tee:

“Labor has listened to the people in Brunswick, while the Premier ignored them – only Labor will get the facts, put them on the table and involved the community.”

“This is a massive expansion in the middle of a dense inner city suburb and in the Merri Creek corridor – its four times the size of the original substation.”

Member for Brunswick, Jane Garrett:

“This has been an issue I have dealt with in one form or another for five years – I am proud that Labor will be ordering an independent review to get to the bottom of how this was approved and whether it is needed.

“All the community wants is to be involved and to be told the truth to make sure that we get a better outcome not just today but for generations to come.”

The massive expansion of the Brunswick Terminal Station is four fold the size the original substation. Moreland City Council twice rejected the application by the power company for the development. The State Government attempted to fast track the development by amending the planning scheme to rezone the site in Feb 2012, but the development has not yet occurred on the back of the community opposition to the project.