An Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the West Gate Tunnel Project will be available mid-2017 and open to public submissions. 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.

About the EES process

An EES is a planning process used to assess major projects in Victoria. It was most recently used to assess the Melbourne Metro Rail Project.

This is a well-established process and the most comprehensive and transparent way for a project’s impacts to be considered. An Environment Effects Statement looks at much more than just the physical environment. it considers a range of potential effects including ecological, heritage, social, health, traffic, noise, air quality and landscape and visual.

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. Information about the process is available on the DELWP website.

Outcomes of the EES process will inform two key approvals required for the project to proceed:

  • Planning Scheme Amendment – decision maker is Minister for Planning
  • EPA Works Approval – decision maker is EPA Victoria

How will impacts be assessed?

The EES will include 17 technical reports that include detailed technical information and data, covering:

  • Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
  • Air quality
  • Business
  • Contamination and spoil management
  • Ecology
  • Greenhouse gas
  • Groundwater
  • Ground movement
  • Human health
  • Historical heritage
  • Landscape and visual
  • Land use
  • Noise and surface vibration
  • Social
  • Surface water
  • Traffic
  • Vibration and regenerated noise

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