Consultation has concluded

Consultation on the Council’s interim position on the Western Distributor Project is now closed and the revised interim position has been endorsed by Council. However, you can still view the conversation on the discussion boards below.

Western Distributor Project

In late 2015 the Victorian Government announced its intention to construct the Western Distributor. When finished the Western Distributor will provide an alternative river crossing to the West Gate Bridge and funnel traffic to the northern section of CityLink at Footscray Road. The key components of the Western Distributor include the widening of the West Gate Freeway, tunnels under the Maribyrnong River connecting to CityLink in the north and important connections to the ports leaving the Westgate Bridge connecting the western suburbs with central Melbourne.

What stage is the Western Distributor project?

The Western Distributor is currently in Phase Three of its development, Reference Design. For information on the phases of the project and key features of the reference design, download the Reference design and consultation update - July 2016.

Environmental Effects Statements

The Victorian Government requires the Western Distributor Authority to prepare a series of Environmental Effects Statements. These statements or technical reports will detail the environmental impacts of the Western Distributor Project on the community and how these issues will be managed.

The Western Distributor Authority will continue to engage with the community and key business stakeholders throughout this process.

It is anticipated that the Environmental Effects Statements will be released in the first quarter of 2017 and the detailed design process will occur during 2017 with construction to begin in 2018.

Who is building the Western Distributor?

The tendering process is now under way for the design and construction of the Western Distributor based on the reference design as a guide.

More information on the Western Distributor Project can be found on the State Government’s Western Distributor project page

What role does Council have in the project?

The Western Distributor will have far reaching effects on the Hobsons Bay community, including how local areas look and how people travel.

Following community consultation, Council endorsed its position on the Western Distributor Reference Design. View Council’s adopted position and recommendations, including the principles, objectives and performance measures that Council has forwarded to the Western Distributor.

Hobsons Bay City Council would like to thank the community who provided feedback during the development of Council’s position on the Western Distributor Project.

This position document enables Council to advocate on behalf of its community to ensure that the Hobsons Bay community needs are heard and listened to and gives Council a more powerful voice during the design process.

While the initial consultation process is over there are still opportunities for you to have your say. The final design and alignment of the Western Distributor Project is expected to be placed on public exhibition in the first quarter of 2017 for comment by the community and Council.

Get involved

It’s never too late to register for project updates and stay involved. Register your interest or just contact us through any of the following ways:

1. Share your views and join the conversation here.

2. Email:

3. Phone: 9932 1000

If you would like further information on the Western Distributor project visit or call 1300 280 939.