Environment Effects Statement
Environment Effects Statement (EES)
Information in the EES will help answer your questions about how the project could affect the environment, and what we’re doing to manage impacts during construction and when the road opens.
An EES is a well-established process and the most comprehensive and transparent way for a project’s impacts to be considered. The EES has been undertaken by the Western Distributor Authority, and the EES process is managed by the Victorian Government’s Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on behalf of the Minister for Planning, in accordance with the Environment Effects Act 1978.
The EES for the West Gate Tunnel Project has assessed potential impacts in 17 areas including but not limited to transport, air quality, noise, landscape and visual amenity, vibration, business, ecology, social and human health.
Submissions have now closed
Community members and stakeholders had the opportunity to comment on the EES, draft Planning Scheme Amendment and Works Approval application from Monday 29 May to Monday 10 July 2017. Formal submissions were invited during this time.
During this six-week public exhibition period, the EES and all attachments were available to view online and at 14 temporary displays and 13 information sessions held across the project corridor and regional areas. Specialists who prepared the EES attended the information sessions to talk to community members and answer questions.
Inquiry and Advisory Committee
An independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) has been appointed to consider the EES and public submissions. The IAC held public hearings over five weeks from Monday 14 August to Tuesday 19 September 2017.
More information about the IAC can be found at: www.planning.vic.gov.au/west-gate-tunnel-project-hearing
A draft Planning Scheme Amendment and Works Approval application were also exhibited alongside the EES and are being progressed. Find out more about key approvals
View the EES
The full set of West Gate Tunnel EES documentation is available online.
Navigating the EES
The EES assesses the project’s design, construction and operation, including:
- how the project has been developed and assessed
- an overview of potential effects by location
- proposed measures to avoid, minimise or manage project impacts, including a set of Environmental Performance Requirements
- 17 technical reports and 2 peer review statements
- a map book showing technical drawings of the design
- attachments including a draft Planning Scheme Amendment and Works Approval Application
- Development and Urban Design Plans
The EES is presented through four volumes of information and is supported by a number of attachments and maps. Volume 1 covers the West Gate Tunnel Project and the EES assessment while volumes 2, 3 and 4 look at the project’s effects by location – making it easier to find and read the information relevant to you.
Where to start?
As the EES documentation is extensive, a summary report has been made available to help draw out key information and give readers a broad overview of the project, its potential effects and how impacts are proposed to be managed. Download the summary report here.
In the EES, information is divided by location and by theme.
- Locations include:
- West Gate Freeway (Volume 2)
- Tunnels (Volume 3)
- Port CityLink and city connections (Volume 4)
- There are five themes, which include:
- Traffic and transport – Including detailed traffic modelling both with and without the West Gate Tunnel
- Physical environment – Including contaminated soil and spoil management, groundwater, ground movement, surface water and ecology
- Human health and amenity – Including air quality, noise and vibration (surface), vibration and regenerated noise (tunnel), and human health
- Community – Including land use planning, social, business, landscape and visual amenity
- Heritage – Including Aboriginal heritage and historical heritage
For a step-by-step guide on navigating the EES, download the EES Overview [PDF, 1MB]
A draft Planning Scheme Amendment and Works Approval application were also prepared and exhibited alongside the EES. Find out more about key approvals
Have a question?
Questions relating to the West Gate Tunnel Project,the EES documentation and the community information sessions should be directed to the Western Distributor Authority
Questions relating to the EES process should be directed to the Impact Assessment Unit of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (03) 8392 5503.
Questions relating to the EPA Works Approval application process should be directed to the Environment Protection Authority by calling 1300 372 842.
Questions relating to the Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) process, including questions about submissions and the IAC public information session, should be directed to the DELWP Customer Service Centre by calling 136 186.