Proponent: Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
The Melbourne Metro Rail Project includes the following key components:
- Twin 9 kilometre rail tunnels between South Kensington and South Yarra, following the alignment of Swanston Street through Melbourne's Central Business District (CBD) and linking the existing Sunbury and Cranbourne/ Pakenham railway lines.
- New CBD North and CBD South stations providing direct interchange with Melbourne Central and Flinders Street stations respectively.
- New stations at Arden, Parkville and Domain, with new train/tram interchanges at the latter two stations.
A joint Inquiry / Advisory Committee has been appointed by the Minister for Planning under the Environment Effects Act 1978 and Planning and Environment Act 1987. The Inquiry and Advisory Committee will review the EES and draft Planning Scheme Amendment, public submissions, and investigate and consider the environmental effects of the Project in accordance with the Terms of Reference approved by the Minister for Planning. Further information is available at www.delwp.vic.gov.au/melbourne-metro-rail-hearing
Exhibition of EES
The Environment Effects Statement (EES) for the
Melbourne Metro Rail Project, together with the draft Planning Scheme
Amendment, were released for public comment for a period of 30 business days,
from 25 May to 6 July 2016. Details on the public exhibition process were provided
in the EES exhibition public notice [PDF File - 94.4 KB].
Environment Effects Statement 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 13 October to 4 November 2015. After
considering public submissions on the Draft Scoping Requirements, the Minister
for Planning issued final Scoping Requirements in November 2015.
[PDF File - 587.1 KB]
[MS Word Document - 2.1 MB]
MMRA Community and Stakeholder Engagement Plan
This Engagement Plan by MMRA outlines the engagement that will take place during preparation of the Melbourne Metro EES. Its objective is to build upon the activities completed and information gathered to date as well as gather information to inform project design and specialist studies being completed
as part of the EES.
The engagement and communications program will be integrated with the statutory public exhibition period and broader EES approach including the assessment and independent inquiry process. The information gathered through the engagement process will help inform project development.
Please click here [MS Word Document - 1.6 MB] to view the plan.
Declared 'public works' under the Environment Effects Act 1978
'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.
On 5 August 2015, Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) provided the Minister for Planning with a Project Outline [PDF File - 1.8 MB], 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 3 September 2015, the Minister for Planning declared the works proposed for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project in order to require a rigorous Environment Effects Statement (EES), which will include community consultation and an independent panel review to inform the Minister's Assessment and decision-making.
In making his Order, the Minister has specified the following procedures and requirements [MS Word Document - 17.7 KB] that are to apply to the EES.
Reasons for Order
In accordance with normal EES practice, a statement of the Minister's Reasons for Order has been prepared.
Reasons for Amendment of the Order
As part of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process for the Melbourne Metro Rail Project, the Minister has made an amendment to the EES Order.
It was noted in the Minister's 'Reasons for Order' that the treatment of proposed enabling works under the Environment Effects Act 1978 would be considered when there was sufficient information regarding the potential for these works to have or to be capable of having a significant effect on the environment.
'Enabling works' are works that might be initiated earlier than the main works, before the conclusion of the EES process, in order to minimise disruption arising from the main works package.
The Amending Order excludes specific 'enabling works' from the EES process because the Minister is satisfied that the works would not have a significant effect on the environment.
The Amending Order was gazetted on 24 November.
Melbourne Metro EE Act Amending Order Reasons for Order [PDF File - 705.3 KB]
Melbourne Metro EE Act Amending Order Reasons for Order [MS Word Document - 19.1 KB]
Melbourne Metro EE Act Amending Order (enabling works exclusion) [PDF File - 1.8 MB]
Melbourne Metro EE Act Amending Order (enabling works exclusion) [MS Word Document - 2.0 MB]
Amendment of the Order FAQs
The amendment means that some of the Public Works - identified as 'enabling works' - have been excluded from the EES process because they are not going to have a significant effect on the environment. The amendment to exclude these works from the EES means they can be carried out while the EES is being
Amendment of the Order FAQs [PDF File - 266.2 KB]
Amendment of the Order FAQs [MS Word Document - 15.7 KB]
- Questions relating to the Melbourne Metro Rail Project should be directed to Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
☎ Phone: 1800 551 927 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
- Questions relating to the EES process should be directed to the department's Impact Assessment Unit
☎ Phone: (03) 8392 5503
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