In June 2013, an Environment Effects Statement (EES) assessment was undertaken to help determine a suitable option.
The EES report considered three alignment options:
- Mid-West 2A
- Mid-West 2B.
The EES included detailed planning studies that examined the feasibility of the options by considering the physical, cultural, economic, social and environmental impacts of each option.
VicRoads and RMS collaborated closely with key stakeholders to inform the EES process and make sure we considered community views, issues and perspectives, including:
- the Murray and Campaspe Councils
- project Steering Committees
- the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation
- the Moama Local Aboriginal Land Council.
The EES process identified that the Mid-West Option provides the best balance between environmental, social and economic considerations. This option was the focus of the EES report, which went on public exhibition from 27 August to 9 October 2015, which the community was invited to make formal public submissions.
These submissions were considered by an Independent Planning Panel Inquiry and included hearings in Echuca on 16 and 17 November 2015 where they heard from councils, individual planning study specialists and community representatives.
Comments received during the public exhibition period have been addressed in an Addendum Report to the Preliminary Documentation.
Echuca-Moama Bridge Preliminary Documentation Addendum Report August 2016 [PDF 331Kb]
On 23 March 2016 the Minister for Planning released his Assessment of the EES Inquiry and Advisory Committee report. The overall conclusion reached by the Minister was:
- The Mid West Option would have an acceptable level of environmental effects, having regard to overall project outcomes.
- The Mid West Option will provide a net community benefit to the State of Victoria, having regards to both short term and long term economic, environmental and social considerations.
As part of the 2016-17 State Budget, the Victorian Government allocated $96 million to the Project. The Commonwealth Government has announced a funding commitment of $97 million and the NSW Government has announced a funding commitment of $87 million.