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ACT Government calls for feedback on environmental impact statement for Capital Metro light rail project

CANBERRANS are invited to have their say on the draft environmental impact statement for light rail, ACT Capital Metro Minister Simon Corbell announced last week.

The draft EIS has been submitted to the Environment and Planning Directorate as part of the project's planning process and in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2007.

Artist's impression of light rail on Flemington Road, Canberra
Above: Artist's impression of light rail on Flemington Road, Canberra / Capital Metro.

The Directorate will be accepting comments and feedback on the draft EIS until 17 July 2015. Those comments and feedback will be addressed by Capital Metro in completing a final environmental impact statement.

"Release of the draft EIS marks another important milestone in the planning and delivery of the first stage of Canberra's light rail network," Mr Corbell said.

"Through preparation of the EIS, the ACT Government has assessed the potential impacts and benefits that may arise during construction and operation of the project. It also identifies a range of mitigation measures that will ensure impacts are minimised.

"The EIS is a comprehensive document that covers a broad range of topics from biodiversity, landscaping and greenhouse gas emissions to the design of substations, traffic management and control measures for noise and vibration levels.

"Ensuring the impact of construction activity is kept to a minimum is a high priority for the light rail project. The draft EIS comprehensively identifies mitigation measures that could be implemented to help minimise impacts on the community.

"For example, to ensure minimal disruption to the road network, the closure or partial closure of intersections will be staged, and where possible, key intersections will be scheduled for construction during 'non-busy' weekends avoiding major events.

"Where intersections are required to be closed for greater than a weekend period, this will be time limited and northbound/southbound traffic will be maintained.

"In addition the draft EIS identifies a suite of measures to reduce construction noise impact on sensitive receivers in the community by running regular compliance checks and minimising consecutive works in the same location."

The Minister said the consultation process provides an opportunity for discussion with the community on what the possible impacts during construction and operation of light rail could be and will allow the community to help define the issues and identify opportunities for the project.

More information is available from theĀ Environment and Planning Directorate website at <http://www.planning.act.gov.au/>. Consultation on the draft EIS closes on Wednesday 17 July 2015.

Image: Artist's impression of light rail on Flemington Road, Canberra / Capital Metro.

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