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
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 the Public Hearing which commenced 25 July 2019.
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act)
In addition to the EES 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 (PER) was exhibited for public comment from 16 April 2019 – 30 May 2019. The final PER, including a summary of submissions received and how they have been addressed, was submitted to the Minster for the Environment on Monday 30 September 2019 to inform approval under the EPBC Act.