Extra checks for new tunnel
The Northern Link Tunnel project would be the most extensive and stringent ever for a transport infrastructure in Queensland, according to an evaluation report for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) by Coordinator-General Colin Jensen.
The report contains 34 conditions and Department of Infrastructure and Planning media officer Andrew Evans said extra conditions were the result of lessons learnt from other tunnel and road projects.
“Some of the tighter conditions include on-site parking for workers, prohibited parking in side streets and tighter working hours,” he said.
The Coordinator-General’s report of the project’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) now allows the project design to proceed subject to the strict conditions.
Mr Evans, on behalf of Infrastructure and Planning Minister Stirling Hinchliffe, said the conditions were imposed across a broad range of matters including air quality, noise and vibration, water management, traffic and transport (including pedestrian and cycling) and community engagement.
“Requirements of conditions include consultation procedures, setting release limits, specifying mitigation and management measures and mandating monitoring and reporting requirements,” he said.
Mr Jensen said conditions governing air emissions from the ventilation outlets would be covered directly by an environmental authority set up by the Department of Environment and Resource Management.
Mr Hinchliffe said capital investment for the project was an estimated $1.7 billion and it was expected to generate up to 1400 construction jobs and 85 operational jobs.