Background

Proponent: North East Link Authority

The North East Link Project key elements, which are subject to ongoing design development, are described below.

    • M80 Ring Road to Lower Plenty Road: From the M80 and Greensborough Bypass to the northern tunnel portal, this section will include a mixture of above, below and at surface road sections, with new road interchanges at M80, Grimshaw Street and Lower Plenty Road.
    • Tunnels: From the northern tunnel portal located just north of Lower Plenty Road to south of Manningham Road, twin tunnels would travel under residential areas, Banyule Flats and the Yarra River. Near each tunnel portal supporting tunnel infrastructure would be required, including ventilation structures and substations. This section would include a new interchange at Manningham Road.
    • Bridge Street to Eastern Freeway: This section would include open cut and bored or mined tunnel with the southern tunnel portal located south of the Veneto Club. Further south, surface road and viaduct structures would connect to the Eastern Freeway via a new interchange.
    • Eastern Freeway upgrades: From around Hoddle Street in the west through to Springvale Road in the east, modifications to the Eastern Freeway would include widening to accommodate future traffic volumes, provision of new dedicated bus lanes for rapid bus services and associated works.

Process

Scoping Requirements

The Scoping Requirements set out the matters to be investigated and documented in the EES.

The Draft Scoping Requirements for this EES were on public exhibition between 22 May and 12 June 2018.

After considering public submissions on the Draft Scoping Requirements, the Minister for Planning issued Final Scoping Requirements on 24 June 2018.

Consultation Plan

North East Link Authority has prepared 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 has been refined following advice from DELWP and the Technical Reference Group and is published on this web page. The consultation process may be adapted or modified to meet changing community needs and requirements.

EES required

The North East Link Authority announced the selected route for the North East Link Project in December 2017.

On 12 January 2018, North East Link Authority provided the Minister for Planning with a project outline, and requested that the Minister declare the project described in the Project Outline to be 'public works' for the purposes of section 3(1) of the Environment Effects Act.

On 2 February 2018, the Minister for Planning declared the works proposed for the North East Link Project as ‘public works’ requiring an Environment Effects Statement, including community consultation and an independent panel review to inform the Minister's Assessment and decision-making.

In accordance with normal EES practice, a statement of the Minister's Reasons for Order has been prepared.

North East Link Authority has also referred the project to the Australian government under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The Australian government has decided that the project is a ‘controlled action’ under the EPBC Act, and assessment through a public environment report is required to address matters of national environmental significance.

Public Works

'Public works' are defined as being works undertaken, or proposed to be undertaken, by or on behalf of the Crown or for public statutory bodies, but does not include works undertaken by or on behalf of municipal councils.

More information

If you have any questions or need further information, get in touch via the contact details below.

  • North East Link Project
    North East Link Authority
    ☎ Phone: 1800 105 105 
    ✉ Email: community@northeastlink.vic.gov.au

Page last updated: 2018-06-26 10:03:31