Eastern Link Project


The City has referred the City Centre Eastern Link Project (CCELP) to the Department of the Environment and Energy (DEE) in Canberra, under the Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).  The DEE has determined that the CCELP is a ‘controlled action’ that requires assessment and approval under the EPBC Act.  This is a separate assessment and approval process to that required under the Western Australian Environmental Protection Act 1986, which has involved referral to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and a clearing permit which is currently under assessment by the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER).  

The DEE has determined that the assessment under the EPBC Act is to be through ‘Preliminary Documentation’.  The DEE has directed the City to prepare a package of Preliminary Documentation and make this available for public review.  The Preliminary Documentation comprises the following: 

  1. Original referral documentation submitted to DEE on 8 February 2018.
  2. Additional information requested by DEE and submitted to DEE on 8 January 2018.  

It is important to note that the original referral was based on an initial construction footprint that involved 17 mature Peppermint trees (Agonis flexuosa).  Subsequent to the referral, the City carefully reviewed the proposed road design and construction works with the aim of minimising clearing in particular to habitat for Western Ringtail Possum.  The outcome of this review was a reduction in the extent of clearing from 17 down to 7 mature Peppermint trees.  This reduction was reported to DEE on 26 February 2018 and is reflected in the additional information (Attachment A, Item 2.2 ‘Avoidance and reduction of clearing’).

The Preliminary Documentation is available for viewing from 6 to 26 February 2019, at the City’s website Public-Consultation/City-Centre-Eastern-Link-Project, the Busselton Library and the State Library in Perth.

The City invites interested persons and organisations to review the Preliminary Documentation as listed below:

Package 1: EPBC referral (Feb 2018)

Eastern Link additional info ASSDMP main report.
Eastern Link EPBC referral attach 1 acid sulfate soils report.
Eastern Link EPBC referral attach 2 & 9 construction management plan.
Eastern Link EPBC referral attach 3 & 6 detailed flora survey.
Eastern Link EPBC referral attach 4 & 7 recon flora & fauna report.
Eastern Link EPBC referral attach 5 & 8 waterways assessment.
Eastern Link EPBC referral attach 10 figure 1 proposed action location.
Eastern Link EPBC referral attach 11 figure 2 proposed action area & layout.

Package 2: Additional information (Jan 2019)

Eastern Link additional info ASSDMP appendices.
Eastern Link additional info except ASSDMP.
Eastern Link EPBC referral 8 Feb 2018.

with written comments to be directed to:

Daniell Abrahamse, Manager Engineering and Technical Services
City of Busselton, 2 Southern Drive, Busselton Western Australia 6280

or emailed to daniell.abrahamse@busselton.wa.gov.au

The final date for providing comments is Tuesday, 26 February 2019. Please note the City is not bound to consider any comments received after this date.

The City will review the comments and report to DEE with a response to the comments and an update (if required) to the Preliminary Documentation.  The DEE will consider the public comments, the City’s response to the comments, and the Preliminary Documentation in assessing the CCELP and deciding whether the CCELP may proceed and under what conditions.