North East Link has Commonwealth environmental approval to go ahead

Published: 16 December 2019

The Federal Minister for the Environment has given North East Link environmental approval to go ahead under the Australian Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The approval is the result of more than 12 months of intensive technical and field studies, consultation with key stakeholders and communities and preparation of a 2,750 page Public Environment Report (PER).

The Federal Minister for the Environment has put strict conditions in place to manage environmental outcomes for the Matted Flax-lily and Studley Park Gum trees as well as the removal of native vegetation from Commonwealth land along the western boundary of Simpson Barracks.

Strict compliance and reporting requirements are also in place, including for annual reports to be prepared and made available to communities on the North East Link website.

A draft PER was exhibited for public comment earlier this year. More than 80 submissions were received from stakeholders, community groups, organisations, local businesses and residents and addressed in the final PER.

North East Link is also being assessed through Victoria’s Environment Effects Statement (EES) process. Planning approvals in Victoria are expected soon.

A copy of the Federal Minister for the Environment’s approval, including the full conditions are available on the DoEE EPBC referrals website here epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/referralslist/ under referral number 2018/8142.

More information about the PER process is available on our website here northeastlink.vic.gov.au/environment/epbc