Marinus Link is a complex project that must go through several environmental assessment and planning processes. Some of these are managed by state governments and others by the Commonwealth Government.

The project is currently undergoing review by the regulators of the Victorian Environment Effects Act 1978 (EE Act) and the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) to determine if detailed environmental assessments are required. In addition to these environmental Acts, the project will also be assessed under other Tasmanian and Victorian legislation, such as heritage and land use planning legislation.

Details on the EE Act and EPBC Act processes and opportunities for formal public consultation are outlined below.


The Victorian environmental assessment process

The Victorian environmental assessment process is overseen by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) on behalf of Victoria’s Minister for Planning under the Environment Effects Act 1978 (EE Act). The Minister will determine whether assessment under the EE Act is required.

If an assessment is required, this could be in the form of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) to assess the project’s impacts, or it could be determined that no EES is required with conditions (and the conditions could require assessment under the Act).



Commonwealth environmental assessment process

The Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) is Australia’s national environmental law. It ensures nationally significant animals, plants, habitats and heritage places are identified and protected.

Since there is potential for Marinus Link to have an impact on matters of national environmental significance, the project has been referred to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment, through the Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment (DAWE). The Minister will determine whether assessment and approval under the EPBC Act is required.

On 4 November 2021, a delegate of the Minister decided that the proposed action is a controlled action and requires further assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 before it can proceed. The proposed action will be assessed through an Environmental Impact Statement.


Community engagement

The Marinus Link team is interested in meeting the local community, hearing what you have to say and answering your questions about the project and the environmental assessment and planning process.

The latest information about Marinus Link engagement opportunities can be found here: www.marinuslink.com.au/engagement/.

     

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