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Constituency Question: Domain Station

Mr HIBBINS (Prahran) — (12 843) My constituency question is to the Minister for Public Transport. I ask: when will the final plans for Domain station and surrounds be made public, including how many trees will be removed, what their replacements will be and what the final truck access routes will be? Obviously there is considerable community concern around tree loss, which is exacerbated by simply not knowing what the station and surrounds will look like upon completion, including location, the type of replacement trees and the extent of canopy coverage.

A number of residents have also raised with me concerns about one of the proposed truck routes for spoil, which travels through residential areas, and have called for that to be abandoned. I also call on the government to release more information about the proposed construction methodology. Cut and cover has been the preferred construction method by this government and the previous Liberal government, as stated in the original 2011 business case. Melbourne Metro Rail Authority have stated that a deeper binocular construction method would only save 25 trees and add up to six months to construction time. However, more detailed information on the different construction methodologies should be made public.