CIS

Comprehensive Impact Statement (CIS)

Public Submission Timelines and Process

Timelines

12 December 2013 – submissions must be received before 5pm.

14 January 2014 – CIS Assessment Committee preliminary hearing.

This allows people who have made submissions to clarify issues raised in their submissions or to raise any procedural or preliminary matter in relation to the Public Hearing.  It may be that the Committee will contact you to clarify matters in your submission.

The Assessment Committee also will confirm the dates for the Public Hearing at this time.

If you have questions about the submission process, you can also contact the Committee by email at: planning.panels@dtpli.vic.gov.au

You can also contact:

Emma Moysey | Special Projects Manager

Planning Panels Victoria

Department of Transport, Planning and Local Infrastructure

T: (03) 9223 5308

E: emma.moysey@dtpli.vic.gov.au

3 March to 16 April 2014 – expected time for public hearings.  Public Hearings must run for 30 working days.

The Assessment Committee will report to the Minister for Planning (Matthew Guy) around June 2014.

Submission Process

We encourage as many people as possible to make individual submissions.

They don’t have to be 20 pages long (but if they are, great!), and they don’t have to be complicated.  We want you to tell the Assessment Committee what you think about the East West Link (EWL) project.  They will be sure to publish statistics on how many submissions they received, and how many were positive or negative about the project – we want to show them the vast majority are not in favour!

If you make a submission, you need to make sure that your concerns are addressing at least one of the Terms of Reference (TOR) which are set out below.  In addition, your submission must:

  • Be lodged before 5pm on 12 December 2013
  • State the name and mailing address of the person making the submission.  If there is more than one person making the submission, it must state the name and address of the person who will represent in a preliminary hearing or formal public hearing and/or who will be the contact person
  • State the grounds of the submission (this is a broad introductory statement about why you are making this submission.  It could be a personal statement about how your life would be affected by the East West Link (EWL) or it could simply state the various reasons (as they relate to the Terms of Reference (see below).
  • Be relevant to the project.  This would be met if your submission addresses the TOR, and
  • Be within the scope of the Terms of Reference (TOR) of the Assessment Committee (see below).  You can address one or more of the TOR.

Send your submission to:

The Chair

East West Link (Eastern Section) Project Assessment Committee

C/- Planning Panels Victoria

Level 5,1 Spring Street

Melbourne 3000

Or email your submission and cover sheet to:

planning.panels@dtpli.vic.gov.au

The Terms of Reference are as follows, and you can use these as your headings, under which you set out the issues that are of concern to you, and the reasons why.  Chapter references are provided for each TOR and can be downloaded here.  You can also access hard copies of the CIS – further information here.

Remember in thinking about the impacts that they intend to work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and that construction will take some 5 years.

Transport Connectivity: whether the impacts of the project on the traffic performance of roads connecting to the project, and the surrounding road network, as well as on the connectivity for public transport, cycling and pedestrians, have been appropriately addressed;  Chapter 7

    • This is where you can set out any concerns about how the EWL would affect traffic and public transport/cycling/walking in your area, or in other areas that will be impacted.
    • Consider both what would happen during construction and once (if) it is built.
    • Do you think that the CIS adequately addresses things like toll-evading, rat running?
    • Does the CIS adequately address tram and train and cycle path connectivity?

Land use, dwellings and infrastructure: whether the impacts of the project on land use and infrastructure in its immediate environs, including on housing, recreation and community facilities, have been appropriately addressed; Chapters 8 & 16

  • This is where you can set out your concerns about the effect of the EWL on sporting and recreation grounds and facilities, community facilities, and whether or not there are appropriate measures in place to ensure that your lifestyle and that of others is not negatively impacted.  Let them know how your life and that of others will be negatively impacted if you lose access to parks or sporting grounds or sporting/community clubs.
  • This is also where you might want to say something about whether the impact on housing – for example homes that will be compulsorily acquired – or those who will not but who will have road or tunnel structures close by – affects or concerns you, and why you are unhappy with the measures the CIS has outlined to deal with this.
  • The CIS talks a fair bit about ‘urban renewal’ in some areas – how do you feel about places that you care about being ‘renewed’?  What role would you expect to have in that?
  • Will the neighbourhood character change?  Does the CIS address any of this?

Visual amenity: whether the proposed Urban Design Framework in the CIS will appropriately manage visual impacts of the project on the surrounding area, including public open spaces; Chapter 10

  • How will streets, parks, recreation areas look if the EWL is built?  Will your home look out onto flyovers, roads?  What views would you lose?
  • How do you feel about soaring flyovers in areas you live in or pass through? Is this what you want to see in inner Melbourne or Royal Park?
  • Do you walk or cycle through areas that will be transformed visually and how do you feel about that?

Noise, vibration, air emissions and light spill: whether the noise, vibration, air emission and light spill impacts of the project will be appropriately managed by the proposed measures outlined in the CIS; Chapters 10,11 & 12

  • Noise, vibration, possible blasting for tunnel construction, air quality and light spill will impact on many residents and businesses both during construction (24/7, for 5 years) and afterwards.  How would your life be affected?  Do you suffer from a respiratory condition that might be affected by construction dust?
  • The height of the many flyovers / viaducts to be constructed would carry light and noise over large distances – how would that affect you or concern you?
  • The CIS talks a lot about this project being about getting freight transport off the Monash and onto the EWL, and additional freight using it from the Port of Hastings.  Big trucks have big effects on noise and air quality.
  • Do you think that 2 vent stacks which will concentrate exhaust fumes from the tunnel in 2 places would improve air quality?  Does the CIS address this adequately?
  • Are you concerned that your home or business could suffer structural damage as a result of vibrations or blasting during construction?  Do you think the Government should be required to provide condition reports for all potentially affected properties before construction commences so that you can make a claim if damage occurs?

Cultural heritage: whether the impacts of the project on cultural heritage places have been appropriately addressed; Chapters 9 & 16

  • Cultural heritage includes individual places or buildings of cultural heritage as well as the broader cultural heritage of a suburb or place.  How will Clifton Hill or Parkville be affected culturally – will you continue to have a culture of walking, cycling, will your local shopping strip be affected if large trucks are passing through?  What about during the construction period?
  • Would community values be affected and is this adequately addressed by the CIS?

Surface water and groundwater: whether the impacts of the project on surface and ground waters have been adequately addressed; Chapters 13 & 14

  • Digging a tunnel may well displace ground water, which will affect the stability of the ground on which houses stand and result in cracking.  Are you concerned about this?  Do you want to insist on condition reports (at the Government’s expense) being provided before construction commences, so that if your home or business suffers structural damage as a result of groundwater changes, you have grounds to seek compensation?  Has the CIS addressed your concerns about any of this?
  • Are there adequate measures proposed for handling contaminated surface and ground water during construction?

Native vegetation and biodiversity: whether the impacts of the project on native vegetation and biodiversity have been appropriately addressed; Chapter 15

  • A great deal of trees and vegetation would be lost or affected, particularly in Royal Park, on Elliott Avenue, around Moonee Ponds Creek.  Flyovers create large shaded areas which would presumably impact on vegetation.  Melbourne City Council estimates that some 5,000 trees, many very old, would be lost.
  • How would loss of vegetation impact on fauna? What about travel routes for native animals? Or the impact of permanent lights?

Solid wastes: whether the risk from disturbance and disposal of solid wastes has been appropriately addressed; Chapter 13

  • Millions of tons of earth would need to be moved during the construction of the tunnel – where will it go? How will it get there?
  • Has the CIS adequately addressed how they will deal with the risks of hazardous solid waste material?

Environmental Management Framework: whether the Environmental Management Framework in the CIS will provide an effective integrated approach to manage the environmental performance of the project.  Chapter 17.

Please take the time to write even a short submission outlining your concerns and why the CIS does not adequately address them.  Remember, this process is to get your response as to whether the CIS addresses your concerns – it is not a forum to make general statements of opposition to the EWL.  If your submission does not address the TOR, it will be disregarded!

If you are left frustrated that you can’t express how you feel about the project overall then write separately to the Premier, the Minister, your local member, the newspapers – especially the Herald Sun which needs to hear how you feel.

Please feel free to email info@rat.org.au  with any questions and we will try to help you or point you in the right direction.

More comprehensive information and suggestions about issues to include under each of the TOR will be posted to our website over the next week or two.