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25 June 2021

It was announced this morning Hi-Quality Bulla will be the preferred site to collect, treat and dispose of the material excavated by the tunnel boring machines on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

We will soon commence works to prepare the site to receive the material. This will include excavation, land clearing and building a barrier along Sunbury Road to limit any impacts to surrounding properties. Before starting the preparatory works, we will be in touch with adjoining landowners and the community more broadly with details of the works and to discuss any concerns.

Construction of the major works, including the processing area, water treatment plant and containment cell will take approximately six to seven months. We expect the first trucks from the tunnel will arrive once the major works are completed.

We understand there is a range of community concerns regarding the project and that today’s announcement will raise questions about what this means for the local community. Over the last few months, we have been holding an ongoing dialogue with community representatives to better understand and respond to these concerns.

As we have done at each major step in the process, in the coming days we will be contacting local residents, business owners and community groups to answer questions and discuss our plans for upcoming engagement activities. We will also be regularly updating the project website (www.hiqualityecohub.com.au), which contains a lot of information about the project, including fact sheets, Q&As and a video about how we will be managing the material from the tunnel.

If you would like further information, take a look at the FAQ and Information Sheet, providing further information about the announcement and answers to common questions.

As always, you can ask a question by clicking on ‘Talk to Us’ and see responses to many questions asked by the community over the last year or so on the ‘Questions and Answers’ tab.

You can also get in touch with us by sending an email to getintouch@hiqualitysunbury.com.au or calling the project phone line on 03 9021 0678. Please note that this is a message service, so please do leave a message and we will get back to you within one business day.

29 March 2021

Following the EPA’s recent approval of our Environmental Management Plan (EMP), Hi-Quality Group has now received approval from the Victorian Minister for Planning of our proposed Planning Scheme Amendment (PSA) under 20(5) of the Planning and Environment Act 1987.

This approval provides Hi-Quality with the required planning permissions to construct and operate a purpose-built facility to collect, treat, and safely dispose of the spoil excavated by the tunnel boring machines used on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

As the owners of approximately 1000 acres of land surrounding the facility, we would not be prepared to treat the soil if we were not confident that we could do so safely. We plan to be here for decades to come and are committed to our long-term plans to develop the site for industrial and commercial employment for the Sunbury and Bulla communities.

While the approval of our Environmental Management Plan and the Planning Scheme Amendment are important steps in the approval process, Hi-Quality will only construct the facility if it is awarded the contract by CPB John Holland, who are building the West Gate Tunnel Project. The competitive tender process for this is still underway.

Over the last few weeks, we have been speaking to local residents, business owners and community representatives to understand their concerns and answer questions. We acknowledge that the approval of the PSA will raise further questions and we will continue to be available to discuss what this means for the local community.

If you would like further information, take a look at the Planning Scheme Amendment information sheet and FAQs and the Impact Summary Assessment. To get in touch, our contact details are below, or you can ask a question by clicking on the ‘ask a question’ tab above.

5 March 2021

Hi-Quality Group has received approval on our resubmitted Environmental Management Plan (EMP) by the EPA. This plan was developed under the new regulations for the management and disposal of the soil excavated by the tunnel boring machines used on the West Gate Tunnel Project.

Hi-Quality Group was invited by the EPA to resubmit its Environmental Management Plan in December 2020 after all tenderers’ EMP approvals were revoked by the EPA.

Our Environmental Management Plan was developed with a commitment to upholding the highest environmental standards.

While this is an important step in the process, for the proposal to proceed, Hi-Quality Group also requires approval from the Minister for Planning of its Planning Scheme Amendment application, and the competitive tender process run by CPB John Holland for the contract is still underway.

We will continue to keep you informed about any decisions regarding these approvals. If you would like further information, our contact details are below, or you can ask a question by clicking on the ‘ask a question’ tab above.

Community Dialogue

In April 2021, Hi-Quality established a dialogue with key representatives of the Sunbury/Bulla community. The dialogue was set up in response to calls from the community for more consultation and to obtain input into the engagement process. The notes from the meetings are provided below.

Dialogue notes


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