Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act)

North East Link is being assessed by the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation 1999 Act (EPBC Act).

The EPBC Act is the Australian Government’s central piece of environmental legislation. It provides a legal framework to protect and manage nationally and internationally important flora, fauna, ecological communities and heritage places.

A draft Public Environment Report (PER) has been released to inform approval under the EPBC Act and is now open for public submissions.

The PER is on display for public comment for 30 business days from Tuesday 16 April – Thursday 30 May 2019.

Commenting on the draft PER gives you a chance to have your views considered in decision making for Commonwealth approval.

What’s in the draft PER?

The draft PER includes information on how the project could affect matters of national environmental significance, such as federally listed threatened species and communities, migratory species and the environment on Commonwealth land during construction and operation and how adverse impacts would be managed.

The draft PER includes a main report with:

  • An executive summary
  • A description of the project and its objectives
  • A description of the existing environment
  • An assessment of impacts on listed threatened species and ecological communities, migratory species, water, the whole of the environment on Commonwealth land at Simpson Barracks
  • Proposed measures to avoid or mitigate impacts and proposed environmental outcomes.

The draft PER also includes detailed technical reports and attachments, including information on who we have consulted with to prepare the draft PER and how we have considered their input and issues raised.

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