An important step in the development of the Dubbo Project (DP) has been the preparation and approval of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Comprising a series of detailed technical studies, the EIS addresses a range of biophysical, social and economic issues that are critical to environmental management, maintenance and community wellbeing in the Dubbo and Toongi areas.
Put simply: The EIS lays out the potential environmental impacts of the DP. It also explains how Alkane Resources is planning to manage those impacts.
Key areas of study included:
- Noise and vibration
- Air quality
- Surface water
- Terrestrial ecology
- Aquatic ecology
- Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage
- Visual amenity
- Soil and land capability
- Socio-economic climate
- Agricultural impact.
The EIS for the DP was completed under the management of principal consultants, R W Corkery & Co and submitted to the NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure, now Department of Planning and Environment (DPE), in June 2013. There followed a public viewing and presentations by the company, leading to 70 public and government agency submissions. The company responded to these submissions by making modifications to the project design and re-submitting the EIS to DPE.
In September 2014, DPE expressed conditional satisfaction and referred the project to the NSW Planning and Assessment Commission (PAC) for review. Final development approval, based on the EIS and some additional project modifications to meet consent conditions, was achieved in May 2015.
“Our team has put an enormous amount of work and thought into the EIS, which comprises a comprehensive study of potential impacts to both the environment and the community and how
to minimise them. We are excited to be bringing a new business to Dubbo – one which will generate significant employment and economic benefits for the wider community for years to come.” – Ian Chalmers, Managing Director Alkane
Want to know more about the EIS?
The EIS is a technical document. A series of plain language fact sheets have been developed to assist non-technical audiences in understanding the key issues. For more information on your area of interest, please download the relevant fact sheet below:
• Download the EIS Explained – Transport fact sheet
• Download the EIS Explained – Water and Waste fact sheet
• Download the EIS Explained – Emissions incl Dust fact sheet
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