Comprehensive Impact Statement
The East West Link (Eastern Section) project includes both the tunnel from Eastern Freeway to City Link and the viaduct from there to the port and all the related ramps, portals and ventilation shafts. It excludes the Western Section which extends the road to Sunshine West.
A project proponent (in this case the Linking Melbourne Authority) for a declared project such as the the East West Link (Eastern Section) must prepare a comprehensive impact statement(CIS) for the project that—
- complies with the Scoping Directions for that statement; and
- contains an assessment of the impacts of the declared project; and
- sets out the options for the development of the declared project that have been considered, and the impacts for those options; and
- sets out the methods considered to avoid, minimise, manage or offset the impacts referred to in paragraph (b) or (c); and
- includes a description of the preferred option for the development of the declared project and the reasons for that preference; and
- sets out how any State environment protection policy or any waste management policy that applies in relation to the development and use of the declared project will be observed; and
- identifies all of the applicable approvals that will be required under all applicable laws in order for the declared project to be developed, including any requirements under
According to the Scoping Directions
"Alternatives are opportunities that are identified and investigated by the proponent during development of the proposed project design, in terms of their potential constructability, operational, cost, environmental or other merits.
Relevant alternatives should be described and assessed in the CIS"
"The CIS is to consider alternatives for the following project elements in an appropriate depth, having regard to the considerations above:
- The location and design for tunnel portals and ventilation outlets, as well as locations for tunnel boring machine launch sites.
- Interchange designs, particularly at the Hoddle Street interchange, Elliot Avenue and Ross Straw Field and connections from the existing road network to the project.
- Locations for a viaduct adjoining CityLink and Moonee Ponds Creek for the section linking to the Port of Melbourne, in the context of the development of the Arden Precinct, as well as existing land uses and waterway values.
- Locations for temporary road alignments (i.e. for traffic diversions), laydown areas and site compounds to be used during construction, particularly in the context of existing land uses.
- Any necessary relocation of major infrastructure.
- Construction methods including bored tunnels for the following route sections: • along Alexandra Parade • across Royal Park."
But does the CIS achieve these requirements as set out in the Major Transport Facilitation Act?
Does it assess the impacts or is it too concerned with selling the benefits?
Does it set out options that have been considered? Have alternative routes, interchanges or vent shafts been canvassed?
Does it examine alternatives for construction that do not require destroying heritage streets or valued parks?
Section 39(d) of the Act requires the CIS to set out the methods considered to avoid, minimise, manage or offset impacts.
Does it achieve this?