Background

Proponent: Major Road Projects Victoria

Major Road Projects Victoria proposes to develop the Mordialloc Bypass, which will connect the Mornington Peninsula Freeway at Springvale Road to the Dingley Bypass.  

The project comprises a 9 kilometre freeway with bridges over wetland areas, several grade-separated interchanges and a cycling and walking path.

The project was originally referred to the Minister by VicRoads. In mid-2018 the Major Road Projects Authority was established and assumed responsibility for the project and the EES. Through machinery of government changes, MRPA was renamed Major Road Projects Victoria. Although some documentation associated with earlier stages of the EES process might still refer to VicRoads or Major Road Projects Authority, it should be read as applying to Major Road Projects Victoria as the current proponent.

Process

Minister for Planning's Assessment

On 17 June 2019, the Minister for Planning released his assessment under the Environment Effects Act 1978, which concludes the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process for this project. The assessment has been provided to the Minister for Transport Infrastructure and for Roads and to statutory decision-makers to inform approval decisions on this project, including for the planning scheme amendment.

Inquiry

An Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) was appointed to consider the EES and draft planning scheme amendment and public submissions and inquire into the environmental effects of the proposal.

A Directions Hearing was held on 31 January 2019. The IAC held a public hearing from 25 February 2019 to 15 March 2019 and provided its report to the Minister for Planning on 2 May 2019.

Exhibition of EES

The Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the Mordialloc Bypass Project, together with the draft planning scheme amendment, was released for public comment for a period of 30 business days, from 26 October to 14 December 2018.

Details on the public exhibition process were advertised at the commencement of the exhibition period. 

Online submissions closed on 14 December 2018.

Scoping requirements

The Scoping Requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES. Draft Scoping Requirements for this EES were on public exhibition between 14 March 2018 to 11 April 2018. After considering public submissions on the Draft Scoping Requirements, the Minister for Planning issued final Scoping Requirements in May 2018.

Consultation Plan

Major Roads Project Victoria preparing a communication and consultation plan for the EES, outlining the opportunities and approaches for its community engagement during the preparation of the EES. The plan will be refined following advice from DELWP and the Technical Reference Group and when completed will be published on this web page. The consultation process may be adapted or modified to meet changing community needs and requirements.

Minister's Decision

On 13 September 2017 the Minister for Planning determined that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) is required for the project due to the potential for significant effects:

Major Roads Project Victoria also referred the project to the Australian government under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). On 30 Janurary 2018  the Australian government decided that the project is a ‘controlled action’ under the EPBC Act. The EES will address the matters of national environmental significance identified in the Commonwealth decision, and will then be able to serve as an accredited process for the assessment purposes of the EPBC Act.

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Page last updated: 01/07/19