Environment Effects Statement
The Metro Tunnel was assessed through an Environment Effects Statement (EES) process, a requirement of the Minister for Planning's original 'public works' declaration (published in an Order on 3 September 2015 and accompanied by a 'Statement of Reasons').
The EES included an integrated assessment of the potential environmental, social, economic and planning impacts of the project, and the approach to managing these impacts.
The EES was supported by a range of technical studies that identify and assess the potential effects of the project and provide guidance on mitigation measures. They will also inform any subsequent approvals or conditions on the project.
We also prepared a draft Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA). Changes to the Planning Scheme are being recommended to protect the tunnels, stations and associated infrastructure and guide future development in their vicinity.
The Metro Tunnel Project EES
The Metro Tunnel EES documentation contains:
- A description of the proposed project and existing environment that may be affected
- An outline of public and stakeholder consultation undertaken during the investigation period and the issues raised
- An assessment of potential environmental, social and planning effects of the project and relevant alternatives (within the project's general alignment)
- Possible measures to avoid, minimise or manage adverse environmental effects
- A proposed framework for monitoring and managing environmental effects during project delivery.
The EES was supported by a range of technical studies that identified and assessed the potential effects of the project and provide guidance on mitigation measures. These studies included assessing the impact of the Metro Tunnel on:
- Air quality
- Natural environment
- Geology and ground conditions
- Heritage impacts
- Noise and vibration
- Traffic and transport
Further documents relating to the environmental assessment of the project can be found on the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning website's Melbourne Metro Rail Project page (external link).
Stakeholder and community input
In developing the EES, we undertook a comprehensive engagement program to seek input into the project from stakeholders and the community.
Stakeholders and community members had the opportunity to make formal submissions on the EES and draft Planning Scheme Amendment during the public exhibition period from Wednesday 25 May 2016 to Wednesday 6 July 2016. Formal public submissions were invited during this time.
The EES, draft PSA and public submissions were then presented to an Inquiry and Advisory Committee. This committee then considered the EES and prepared a report for the Minister for Planning.
In December 2016, the Minister for Planning released his Assessment which concludes the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process for this project.
The Assessment has been provided to statutory decision-makers to inform approval decisions on this project, including for planning scheme amendments under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
View the details of the Assessment on the Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning website (external link).