An Environment Effects Statement (EES) is Victoria’s most robust impact assessment process. It takes around a year to prepare, with extensive investigative works and planning studies informing the document. An EES is used to provide decision makers (such as the Minster for Planning and EPA Victoria) with information about whether the project should receive planning approval and if so, what conditions should apply.
The EES includes information on how the project could affect the environment during construction and operation and how adverse impacts would be managed.
The reference project assessed in the EES is not the final design for North East Link. It is one feasible way the project could be designed, constructed and operated.
Planning approvals, design work for the project and consultation with communities and stakeholders is still ongoing and components of the design could change.
The EES has been prepared by the North East Link Project on behalf of the Victorian State Government.
Technical studies have been prepared by subject-matter specialists. More than 150 specialists across the 18 study areas have been involved in preparing the reports.
The reports have been reviewed by a Technical Reference Group appointed by the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning.
The EES is an impact assessment and describes potential impacts during construction and operation of the project. The EES includes 18 topics:
- Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
- Air Quality
- Greenhouse Gas
- Ground Movement
- Historic Heritage
- Human Health
- Land Contamination
- Land Use Planning
- Landscape and visual
- Social and Community
- Surface Water
- Traffic and Transport
The EES was on display from 10 April – 7 June 2019. You can still read the EES on our website here.
You can read the full EES on the North East Link website here.
There are still many opportunities to get involved with North East Link. We will continue to engage with communities throughout the life of the project.
There will be further opportunities to have your say once the builders are appointed. As they work on the design, we expect them to engage and gain input from communities and stakeholders.
For any upcoming community engagement opportunities, sign up to our email newsletter or keep an eye on our website.
You can share ideas with our Community Liaison Group by emailing CLG@northeastlink.vic.gov.au with your geographical area (southern covers Boroondara, Manningham, Whitehorse and Yarra, northern covers Banyule and Nillumbik).
You can always talk to us on social media or pop into our Community Information Hub.
An independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee will be appointed by the Minister for Planning shortly.
The Directions Hearing will be held Friday 21 June 2019 commencing at 10.00am at The Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen.
At this hearing, the Inquiry and Advisory Committee will establish the necessary arrangements and a timetable for public hearings.
Public hearings will commence Thursday 25 July 2019 and continue for approximately six weeks at The Veneto Club, 191 Bulleen Road, Bulleen.
The panel are expected to make their recommendations to the Minister for Planning in late 2019.
Commonwealth approval for the project is being assessed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC Act). A draft Public Environment Report (PER) assessing how the project could affect matters of national environmental significance was released for public comment in mid-2019. The final PER will address public submissions and inform Commonwealth approval for the project. You can read more about the EPBC Act and PER process here.
The North East Link Project will review all submissions, finalise the PER and submit it to the Federal Minister for the Environment. The final PER will include a summary of how we have addressed submissions.
The final PER will be published publicly in mid-late 2019. In late 2019, the Commonwealth Department of Environment and Energy (DoEE) will make recommendations to the Minister for the Environment, who will make a decision on the PER.
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You can also write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone on 1800 105 105.