We’re building the new Mordialloc Freeway to connect the Mornington Peninsula Freeway to the Dingley Bypass.

Project approvals

Environment Effects Statement

In 2017, we referred the project to the Victorian Minister for Planning under the Environment Effects Act (1978) who announced that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) would be carried out for the Freeway.

The project was also referred to the Federal Minster for Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act (1999), who determined that further detailed assessment on matters of national environmental significance was required.

We completed all the assessments required for the project under a bilateral agreement between the State and Federal Governments.

The EES process was managed by the Department for Environment, Land, Water and Planning.

Public Hearings

As part of the EES, we engaged independent consultants to complete 13 key studies to address the EES scoping requirements. The community was invited to review and comment on our EES documents from 26 October to 14 December 2018.

As part of the EES process, an independent Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) was appointed to consider our EES documents, draft planning scheme amendment, public submissions and evidence from expert witnesses.

The IAC that oversaw the Public Hearings prepared a report with its recommendations for consideration by the Minister for Planning.

In June 2019, the Minister for Planning released his assessment of the Mordialloc Freeway EES, concluding the process for the project.

Minister’s Assessment

The Minister’s assessment is that the project can be built and operated with acceptable environmental effects.

The Minister provided his assessment to relevant statutory decision makers to inform their approval decisions on the project.

From July to September 2019, we also received approval of our:

  • Cultural Heritage Management Plan
  • Assessment under the Environment Protection   and Biodiversity Act
  • Planning Scheme Amendment
  • Environmental Management Framework

This concludes the planning and environment approvals required for the project.

More Information

The EES documents and fact sheets are available for you to view on our ‘Publications webpage.

You can view the EES public submissions on the Mordialloc Bypass page of the Planning Panels Victoria website.

For more information on the EES, see the Mordialloc Bypass page of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website.

View the Minister for Planning’s assessment

View the Environmental Management Framework (PDF, 1.9 MB)

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