Environment Effects Statement released

Published: 10 April 2019

An Environment Effects Statement (EES) has been released for the North East Link Project and is now on exhibition for public comment from Wednesday 10th April – Friday 7 June 2019.

An EES is Victoria’s most transparent and rigorous impact assessment process. It gives decision makers such as the Minister for Planning the information they need to determine whether planning approvals should be granted and what conditions should apply.

The EES for North East Link includes information on how the project could affect the environment during construction and operation and how adverse impacts would be managed.

Commenting on the EES gives communities an opportunity to have their views considered in planning approvals decisions for North East Link.

Communities have 40 business days, 10 extra days than the standard exhibition period, to consider the detailed documents and make a submission to an independent advisory and inquiry committee.

What’s in the EES?

The EES for North East Link has information about a reference project design, including:

  • How the project has been developed and assessed
  • An overview of the potential effects
  • Environmental Performance Requirements or EPRs that define the environmental outcomes that must be achieved during construction and operation of North East Link
  • 18 technical reports on topics such as traffic, noise, air quality, ecology and social impacts
  • A map book showing drawings of the reference project assessed for the EES and an Urban Design Strategy that will help ensure the project is designed and built to high standards.

Also on display is a Works Approval Application for the construction of the tunnel ventilation system and a draft Planning Scheme Amendment.

For more information on where to see the EES, information displays where you can talk to specialists, and details on how to make a submission visit the EES section of this website.