The North East Link Project 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 Environment Effects Statement, including a reference project, was on display for public comment from 10 April - 7 June 2019. It will be reviewed by an independent committee and the Minister for Planning.
From here, an Inquiry and Advisory Committee will review the EES, draft Planning Scheme Amendment, Works Approval application and public submissions in accordance with Terms of Reference approved by the Minister for Planning. A Directions Hearing was held on 21 June 2019, followed by public hearings commencing 25 July 2019.
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act)
In addition to the Environment Effects Statement process in Victoria, North East Link is being assessed by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
A draft Public Environment Report was released for public comment on 16 April 2019 to inform approval under the EPBC Act. Submissions closed on Thursday 30 May 2019.