During Project development, consultation was carried out in 2020 to assess the Project against the socio-economic criteria. Following consultation, the Victorian Minister for Water assessed the proposal against the socio-economic criteria, taking into account the views of the community from public consultation. The project was determined to have expected neutral or positive socio-economic outcomes.
The Project was then submitted to the Commonwealth Government for funding consideration which was secured.
For more information about the assessment process view the customer webinar presentation and summaries on the library page or visit the Engage Victoria website.
An Environmental Management Framework is in place. The framework is designed to meet our legal and environmental obligations, as well as the conditions in place as part of our project approval.The Project aims to carry out modernisation work with as little impact as possible
Environmental and Cultural Heritage values are assessed for each work site before any work starting.
The Project is approved as a controlled action under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The Victorian Minister for Planning determined that the Project did not need to prepare an Environmental Effects Statement under the Environment Effects Act 1978 so long as the project met the required Environmental Conditions issued.
The Project has established a Construction Environment Management Framework (CEMF) to provide oversight of its environmental and cultural heritage planning processes and construction activities.
As part of our approvals, the Project is subject to annual independent audits for both its Construction Environment and Water Change Management Frameworks.
Each year the water savings are required to be verified through an independent audit in accordance with the Water Savings Protocol. An independent reviewer will be engaged to verify the water savings generated by the Water Efficiency Project