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Marinus Link Pty Ltd (MLPL) has announced the launch of public exhibitions for the Victorian state and federal environmental assessment documents required for its Marinus Link project. 

The combined documentation for the draft Commonwealth Environmental Impact Statement and the Victorian Environment Effects Statement (EIS/EES), and draft Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA), will be on public exhibition from 31 May12 July 2024. 

MLPL Chief Executive Officer, Caroline Wykamp, said, “Following years of engagement and surveys and studies undertaken by technical experts, both on land and out to sea, it is pleasing to reach this milestone and provide this information about our project to the community. 

“Our commitment to the environment extends beyond mere words on paper, and at MLPL, we take our responsibility to leave a positive legacy seriously. 

“Marinus Link is essential to our renewable energy future, and we are planning to build and operate it in a way that minimises environmental impact. We are confident that our environmental assessment documents support this claim and welcome members of the public to access the documents during the exhibition period,” Ms Wykamp said. 

During public exhibition, MLPL is hosting a series of drop-in sessions in Gippsland, Victoria, and the Burnie area in Tasmania, to answer questions and provide information on the documents, the approvals process and how to make a submission. 

“We are hosting drop-in sessions along our proposed route tailored for our communities and landholders impacted by the project,” Ms Wykamp said. 

“These sessions will include subject matter experts and easy to digest fact sheets to assist people with their questions and concerns.” 

The combined EIS/EES are designed to address Commonwealth and Victorian matters, identify potential impacts and propose how the project plans to avoid, minimise or manage them.  

Requirements under Tasmanian environment and planning legislation will be assessed in two EISs, which are proposed to go on public exhibition later in 2024. 

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