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About the EIS/EES

Marinus Link has prepared a draft Commonwealth Environmental Impact Assessment (EIS) and a Victorian Environment Effects Statement (EES) through a coordinated process, resulting in a combined EIS/EES addressing the requirements of Commonwealth and Victorian legislation.

The EIS/EES and a draft Planning Scheme Assessment (PSA) to facilitate the project within Victoria, are now available for public comment for a period of 30 business days.  Written submissions in respect of the EIS/EES and the draft PSA can be made between Friday 31 May and 11:59pm on Friday 12 July 2024 via the Victorian Government’s Engage Victoria website: engage.vic.gov.au/MarinusLink-IAC

More information regarding the environmental assessment of the project is provided at the Environmental Assessment page. Information regarding requirements under Tasmanian legislation in respect of the Heybridge Converter Station and Heybridge Shore Crossing will be available at the Tasmania Environmental Assessments page.

Full details of the public exhibition process can be found on the Public Notice.

The figure below outlines the primary legislation and the relevant jurisdictions that are applicable to this EIS/EES.

Key Legislation graphic

Explore the EIS/EES

Learn how the EIS/EES is structured and how to make a submission by viewing our how to navigate the EIS/EES fact sheet.

Summary Report

The Summary Report provides an overview of the project and information in the EIS/EES. We recommend that you read the summary report first.

Additional Contents

Chapters

The chapters present a summary of the assessment outcomes from the technical reports. Volumes 2, 3 and 4 include chapters that provide a comprehensive summary of project’s studies and findings by location. We recommend reading specific chapters if you want to know more about study topics.

Volume 1 Introduction

  • Table of Contents for Volume 1PDF | Word
  • IntroductionPDF | Word
  • Project RationalePDF | Word
  • Route Selection and Project AlternativesPDF | Word
  • Legislative FrameworkPDF | Word
  • EIS/EES Assessment FrameworkPDF | Word
  • Project DescriptionPDF | Word
  • EconomicsPDF | Word
  • Community and Stakeholder EngagementPDF | Word
  • Sustainability, Climate Change and Greenhouse GasPDF | Word
  • Electromagnetic FieldsPDF | Word

Volume 2 Tasmanian terrestrial environment

  • Table of Contents for Volume 2PDF | Word
  • IntroductionPDF | Word
  • Terrestrial EcologyPDF | Word
  • SocialPDF | Word
  • Summary of environmental effects (Tas)PDF | Word

Volume 3 Marine environment

  • Table of Contents for Volume 3PDF | Word
  • IntroductionPDF | Word
  • Marine EcologyPDF | Word
  • Marine Resource UsePDF | Word
  • Underwater Cultural HeritagePDF | Word
  • Summary of environmental effects (marine)PDF | Word

Volume 4 Victorian terrestrial environment

  • Table of Contents for Volume 4PDF | Word
  • IntroductionPDF | Word
  • Geomorphology & GeologyPDF | Word
  • Contaminated land and acid sulfate soilsPDF | Word
  • GroundwaterPDF | Word
  • Surface WaterPDF | Word
  • Agriculture and ForestryPDF | Word
  • Landscape and VisualPDF | Word
  • Traffic & TransportPDF | Word
  • Air QualityPDF | Word
  • Noise & VibrationPDF | Word
  • Terrestrial EcologyPDF | Word
  • BushfirePDF | Word
  • Aboriginal Cultural HeritagePDF | Word
  • Non-Indigenous Cultural HeritagePDF | Word
  • Land Use and PlanningPDF | Word
  • SocialPDF | Word
  • Summary of environmental effects (Vic)PDF | Word

Volume 5 Synthesis of environmental effects

  • Table of ContentsPDF | Word
  • Conclusion by JurisdictionPDF | Word
  • Environmental Management FrameworkPDF | Word

Technical reports

The technical reports provide details of the study methodology, existing conditions, impact assessment findings, and proposed mitigation measures. Reports have been prepared by independent technical specialists. We recommend reading the technical reports if you’re wanting to explore the study findings in depth.

  • Electromagnetic FieldsPDF
  • EconomicsPDF
  • Climate ChangePDF
  • Greenhouse Gas EmissionsPDF
  • Heybridge Terrestrial Ecology AssessmentPDF
  • Heybridge Social AssessmentPDF
  • Benthic EcologyPDF
  • Marine Ecology and Resource UsePDF
  • Underwater Cultural Heritage and ArchaeologyPDF
  • Aboriginal and Historical Cultural HeritagePDF
  • Agriculture and ForestryPDF
  • Air QualityPDF
  • BushfirePDF
  • Contaminated land and acid sulfate soils
    Part 1
    PDF | Part 2 PDF | Part 3 PDF | Part 4 PDF | Part 5 PDF | Part 6 PDF
  • Geomorphology and GeologyPDF
  • GroundwaterPDF
  • Surface WaterPDF
  • Landscape and VisualPDF
  • Land Use and PlanningPDF
  • Noise and VibrationPDF
  • SocialPDF
  • Terrestrial EcologyPDF
  • Traffic and transport
    Part 1
    PDF | Part 2 PDF | Part 3 PDF | Part 4 PDF

Attachments

The attachments provide additional information relating to the EIS/EES, including the draft PSA and the Map Book.

  • EIS Guidelines ChecklistPDF
  • EES Scoping Requirements ChecklistPDF
  • Draft Planning Scheme AmendmentPDF
  • Consultation ReportPDF
  • Draft Offset StrategyPDF
  • Map BookPDF

Information updates

Supplementary information to the EIS/EES, including Technical Notes produced for the purposes of the Inquiry under the Environment Effects Act (Vic), can be viewed at information updates.

Community resources

Fact sheets

Fact sheets about the technical study reports can be found below.

Interactive map

Explore our interactive map to see the project alignment and key information about the proposed design and construction of the project.

How to make a submission

Anyone can make a submission on the Commonwealth and Victoria aspects of the combined EIS/EES and the draft PSA.

Submissions must be made in writing and received by 11:59pm on Friday 12 July 2024.

Submissions can be lodged via the Victorian Government’s Engage Victoria website.

Submissions do not need to identify whether they are directed to the Victorian or Commonwealth process, or both.

If you do not have internet access and are unable to lodge a submission online, contact Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) through the Customer Call Centre on 136 186 (select Option 6) and request a hard copy submission coversheet.

Submissions will be treated as public documents. Unless you tell PPV otherwise, your name and a copy of your submission or any other material you provide will be published on the Engage Victoria website (all other personal information such as address and phone number will be removed first).

A Privacy Collection Statement is available on the Engage Victoria website. The Privacy Collection Statement sets out in plain terms how your submission and personal information will be used, distributed and published.

EIS/EES engagement program  

Feedback from the public with a Marinus Link consultant

To support the public exhibition of the EIS/EES, Marinus Link will hold a series of planned pop-up displays and drop-in sessions across Victoria and Tasmania.

Community drop-in sessions

LocationAddressDateTime
Mirboo NorthMirboo North Grainstore – 53-55 Ridgeway Mirboo North, VIC 3871 Tuesday 4 June   5 – 7pm
Fish Creek Fish Creek Community Hall – Main Hall – 13 Falls Rd, Fish Creek VIC 3959Wednesday 5 June 1 – 3pm
Dumbalk Dumbalk Community Centre – Super Room – 29-31 Farmers Road, Dumbalk East, VIC 3956Thursday 6 June   5 – 7pm
Sandy PointSandy Point Community Centre – Main Hall – Church Parade, Sandy Point VIC 3959 Wednesday 12 June5 – 7pm
ChurchillChurchill Shopping Centre – Monash Way &, Marina Dr, Churchill VIC 3842Thursday 13 June  10am – 1pm
ChurchillChurchill Community Hub – 9/11 Philip Parade, Churchill VIC 3842Thursday 13 June  5 – 7pm
BurnieFuture Energy Hub – 1-3 Spring St Burnie TAS 7320Thursday 20 June   10am – 12pm
HeybridgeCuprona Football Clubhouse, Heybridge – 94 River Ave, Heybridge TAS 7316 Thursday 20 June  3pm – 5pm

Landholder drop-in sessions

We are also holding a number of drop-in sessions for landowners who are directly impacted by the project.      

LocationAddressDateTime
Mirboo North Mirboo North Grainstore – 53-55 Ridgeway Mirboo North, VIC 3871 Tuesday 4 June   10am – 12pm
Dumbalk Dumbalk Community Centre – Super Room – 29-31 Farmers Road, Dumbalk East, VIC 3956 Thursday 6 June   10am – 12pm
Sandy Point Sandy Point Community Centre – Main Hall – Church Parade, Sandy Point VIC 3959 Wednesday 12 June    10am – 12pm
MeeniyanMeeniyan Hall – 97 Whitelaw St, Meeniyan VIC 3956Friday 14 June  5 – 7pm

Webinars

If you can’t attend a drop-in session, we will hold a landholder and community webinar in June. Register for a webinar below. 

WebinarDate Time Registration for sessions 
Landholder*Tuesday 18 June  3-4pm Register 
CommunityWednesday 19 June 6-7pm Register 
*The landholder webinar is for landholders who are directly impacted by the project.

Assessment process

Victorian Inquiry and Advisory Committee

The Victorian Minister for Planning will appoint an independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) to consider the EIS/EES, public submissions and to conduct a public hearing regarding the EES and draft PSA commencing in the week beginning Monday 16 September 2024. The Hearing is expected to run for up to nine weeks.

The IAC will hold a Directions Hearing on Tuesday 6 August 2024 to consider the arrangements and timetable for the public hearing.

If you want to present to the IAC regarding Victorian matters you will need to make a written submission, and mark on the online submission form that you would like to be heard.

The IAC will review all submissions made on the exhibited EES and draft PSA documentation.  It will provide a report at the conclusion of its hearing to the Minister for Planning on the effects of the project on the Victorian environment.

The IAC will be guided by Terms of Reference issued by the Minister for Planning.

The IAC will not be examining impacts to the Tasmanian environment, Commonwealth marine areas, or Matters of National Environmental Significance (whether located in Victoria or elsewhere). That said, there are likely to be interactions, overlaps or combined effects of works in Victoria and works outside of Victoria on the Victorian environment.

Information on the hearing process and timetable will be published as it becomes available at Victorian Government’s Engage Victoria website.

Following public exhibition of the EIS/EES and a subsequent inquiry, the Victorian Minister for Planning will provide an assessment of the environmental effects of the project in Victoria. The Victorian Minister’s assessment will then inform Victorian statutory decision-makers for the project approvals required under Victorian legislation. For more information on the Victorian approvals process visit the environmental assessment page.

Commonwealth

Following receipt of public submissions Marinus Link will finalise the EIS and provide the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Water with the EIS, submissions received on the draft EIS, and Marinus Link’s response to those comments. The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Water will decide whether the project is approved, approved with conditions, or refused under the EPBC Act.

For more information on the Commonwealth approvals process visit the environmental assessment page.

Hard copy viewing locations

The full EIS/EES and the draft PSA will be made available in hard copy at the following locations during the exhibition period:

  • Burnie Future Energy Hub – 1 to 3 Spring Street, Burnie TAS 7320
  • State Library of Victoria – 328 Swanston Street, Melbourne VIC 3000
  • Marinus Link Traralgon Office – 28-30 Kay Street, Traralgon VIC 3844

Selected information of the EIS/EES and the draft PSA will be made available in hard copy at the following locations during the exhibition period:

  • Churchill Community Centre – 9/11 Phillip Parade, Churchill 3842
  • Latrobe City Council Offices – 141 Commercial Road, Morwell 3840
  • Mirboo North Library – 34 Ridgway, Mirboo North 3871
  • Sandy Point Community Centre – Church Parade, Sandy Point 3959
  • South Gippsland Shire Offices – 9 Smith Street, Leongatha 3953
  • Traralgon Visitor Information Centre – 32 Kay Street, Traralgon 3844

For those who may have accessibility issues, or where electronic options are impracticable, hard copies of some documents may be requested, by phoning Marinus Link on 1300 765 275 or emailing team@marinuslink.com.au.

Please note, the EIS/EES is a large document, and we encourage the use of electronic versions.

Questions

If you have any questions regarding the Marinus Link EIS/EES, the EIS process, the EES process or how to make a submission, please contact:

Questions about the project and about the EIS/EES documentation and draft PSA

Marinus Link
Marinus Link Pty Ltd
2/30 Kay Street, Traralgon, VIC 3844  
Phone: 1300 765 275  
Email: team@marinuslink.com.au 

Questions about the EES Process under the Environment Effects Act

Department Transport and Planning
Impact Assessment Unit  
Phone: (03) 8622 7633  
Email: environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au  

For questions about privacy and making a submission or the Victorian Inquiry and Advisory Committee process

Planning Panels Victoria  
Phone: 136 186 (select option 6)  
Email: Marinus.IAC@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions relating to the EIS under the EPBC Act
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Victoria and Tasmania Assessments Sections
Phone: 1800 920 528
Email: EPBC.VicTas@dcceew.gov.au