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, has been released
for public comment for a period of 30 business days, from 25 May to 6 July 2016.
Details on the public exhibition process are provided in the EES exhibition public notice [PDF File - 94.4 KB].
The EES can be viewed during normal business hours from 25 May to 6 July at
the following locations:
- City of Maribyrnong
offices: 61 Napier Street, Footscray
- City of Melbourne Library –
North Melbourne: 66 Errol Street, North Melbourne
- City of Melbourne Library –
CBD: 253 Flinders Lane, Melbourne
- Melbourne Town Hall -
Administration Building, 120 Swanston Street, Melbourne
- State Library of Victoria –
328 Swanston Street, Melbourne
- City of Port Phillip
Library – Emerald Hill: 195 Bank Street, South Melbourne
- City of Stonnington Library
– South Yarra: 340 Toorak Road, South Yarra
The EES documents can also be viewed and downloaded from the
For further information on viewing or obtaining a copy of the EES, please
visit www.melbournemetro.vic.gov.au or contact Melbourne Metro Rail Authority
on 1800 551 927 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm)
Submissions on the exhibited documents
are due by 5:00pm on 6 July 2016.
Online submissions are preferred and can be lodged via an online form
Written submissions must be
accompanied by a coversheet, which relates to privacy, which may be obtained
www.delwp.vic.gov.au/melbourne-metro-rail-hearing or by calling DELWP
Customer Service Centre 136 186.
Written submissions will not be processed unless and until, accompanied by a
Any written submissions can be posted to:
Melbourne Metro EES Submissions
C/O Planning Panels Victoria,
GPO Box 2392, Melbourne VIC 3001
There is no minimum or maximum length for submissions, and all submissions
will be considered equally.
If you need assistance with the online submission form or any further
details please call DELWP Customer Service Centre 136 186.
All submissions will be treated as public documents. After the close of the
exhibition period, copies of the submissions will be made available for any
person to inspect upon request by appointment at:
Planning Panels Victoria, Ground Floor, 1 Spring Street, Melbourne (phone
(03) 9223 5317 before you visit to arrange access).
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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