The North East Link Authority is committed to minimising impacts on communities and the environment. Extensive planning studies are underway to help inform state and federal government approvals.
Environment Effects Statement (EES)
Planning approvals in Victoria will be informed by an Environment Effects Statement (EES) - our state's most stringent process.
The project design and the Environment Effects Statement, including how we have considered feedback from communities and stakeholders, will be ready for public display in 2019. It will also be reviewed by an independent panel and the Minister for Planning.
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act (EPBC Act)
In addition to the EES process in Victoria, North East Link will be assessed by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity 1999 Act (EPBC Act).
This year we are preparing a draft Public Environment Report (PER) to assess potential impacts on listed threatened species, listed migratory birds and Commonwealth land. The PER will be made available by the Australian Government for public comment when it is completed.