Environment Effects Statement (EES)
North East Link will be assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process.
This looks at the potential environmental, social, economic and planning impacts of North East Link, the approach to mitigating these impacts and any subsequent approvals or conditions on the project.
You’ll be able to get involved throughout the EES process.
What is an Environment Effects Statement?
An EES usually contains:
- A description of the proposed development
- An outline of public and stakeholder consultation undertaken during investigations and the issues raised
- A description of the existing environment that may be affected
- Predictions of significant environmental effects of the proposal and relevant alternatives
- Proposed measures to avoid, minimise or manage adverse environmental effects
- A proposed program for monitoring and managing environmental effects during project implementation.
Investigating existing conditions
Our planning studies for the EES start with understanding the existing conditions in the project area. Studies include:
- Aboriginal cultural heritage
- Air quality
- Ecology (flora, fauna and aquatic)
- Greenhouse gas
- Ground movement
- Historic heritage
- Human health
- Land contamination
- Land use planning
- Landscape and visual
- Social and community
- Surface water
- Traffic and transport
Investigating environmental effects
Following the existing conditions investigations, the potential effects of the project will be assessed by comparing the future situation with and without North East Link being built.
Based on the assessments, a set of environmental performance requirements will be developed. These will define the minimum environmental outcomes that must be achieved for design, construction and operation of the project.
Based on similar projects, the performance requirements will be comprehensive. A few examples could include minimising the project footprint, a tree protection plan and tree replacement program, design standards to waterproof tunnels and managing construction noise.
Finalising the planning studies and writing the EES
The potential improvements North East Link would deliver, as well as any impacts and environmental performance requirements, will be detailed in reports written for the EES.
The EES will be on public display for 30 business days in early 2019.
The EES will include:
- The proposed project design, including how we’ve considered the feedback received from communities throughout 2018
- The potential improvements North East Link would deliver, as well as any impacts and the environmental outcomes to be achieved to manage impacts.
You’ll be able to get involved in the EES process, including through formal submissions to a public inquiry established by the Minister for Planning.
We expect a decision regarding planning and approvals to be received towards the end of 2019.
For more information about the EES process:
- Download the North East Link Planning approvals and project design information sheet
- Visit the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning website
North East Link EES documents
The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) has created a dedicated project web page for North East Link.
It includes links to download documents related to the EES including a project outline.
You can visit the web page here planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/browse-projects/projects/north-east-link
The EES Scoping Requirements for the North East Link Project are now available for viewing on the Department of Environment, Land Water and Planning's (DELWP) website.
You can view the scoping requirements here
Queries about the EES process and the scoping requirements can be directed to the Impact Assessment Unit at the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning. Call 03 8392 5477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org