We’re upgrading Yan Yean Road to make journeys in Melbourne's north quicker, easier and safer.

Environmental planning

In October 2018, the Victorian Minister for Planning confirmed that an Environment Effects Statement (EES) was required for Stage 2 of the Yan Yean Road Upgrade. The Federal Minister for Environment then determined in April 2019 that the project will be a controlled action under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

We’re carrying out both these assessments as part of the EES, in accordance with the bilateral agreement between the federal and state governments, to avoid duplicating the environmental assessment process.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) will manage the EES process, while an independent inquiry panel appointed by the Minister for Planning will consider all the EES documents and submissions.

The panel will provide a report of recommendations to the Minister for Planning. The minister will then assess the report and provide recommendations to the relevant state authorities for final decisions on the project.

To understand more about the key milestones for the EES, view the timeline.

The EES process

DELWP finalised the Yan Yean Road Upgrade - Stage 2 EES Scoping Requirements in June 2019.

The Scoping Requirements set out the specific environmental matters we need to investigate and document in the project’s EES. You can view the EES Scoping Requirements on Planning Victoria’s website.

We will also undertake a variety of other studies to ensure we investigate a broad range of environmental matters. We are currently undertaking studies and investigations to form part of the EES.

View more about the EES studies and investigations.

See our Frequently Asked Questions (PDF, 1.2 MB) relating to the EES.

Technical Reference Group

To provide specialist advice on the EES a Technical Reference Group (TRG) has been set up. The TRG reviews all technical reports and chapters that will form part of the EES. The TRG includes representatives from:

  • Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
  • Parks Victoria
  • City of Whittlesea
  • Nillumbik Shire Council
  • Melbourne Water
  • Aboriginal Victoria
  • Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Cultural Heritage Aboriginal Corporation.

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