Preliminary work has started on the North East Link Project (the project). Contractors have started to move power, water, gas, sewer and telecommunications lines. This is so major works can begin in 2021.

Our Noise control guidelines (publication 1254) (the guidelines) outline what we expect of the project and their contractors during construction. The main aspects of the guidelines that apply to the project are:

  • People nearby shouldn't be able to hear noise from the project:
    • in any habitable room of a residential premises
    • from 10 pm to 7 am Monday to Sunday.

This doesn’t apply is the works are unavoidable. The Environment Protection Act 1970 defines the meaning of a habitable room.

  • When unavoidable works will affect people, the project or their contractors should tell them:
    • when the noise will occur
    • how long the noise will go on for.

Our Environmental guidelines for major construction sites (publication 480) give advice on how to minimise environmental impacts.

What unavoidable works are

The project may consider works that cannot be practicably and safely completed during normal business hours to be unavoidable. They include works that:

  • involve continuous work, for example a concrete pour  
  • pose an unacceptable risk to life or property  
  • risk a major traffic hazard  
  • could cause a major disruption to the transport system.  

The project or their contractors sometimes can’t avoid noisy works. They must show they have made all reasonable efforts to limit the impact of noise on the local community. 

How waste and soil from demolition and construction work will be managed

The project must manage waste soil in a way that complies with Victoria’s environmental laws. EPA provides RPV with guidance on how it should manage its waste. Our Soil hazard categorisation and management (IWRG621) provides information the project can use to manage its waste soil in the right way. 

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Reviewed 11 August 2020