Environmental Impact Statement
The Queensland Government has declared Nathan Dam and Pipelines a ‘significant project’ under the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971, meaning an environmental impact statement (EIS) is required for the project.
The Commonwealth Minister for the Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts, now the Minister for Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) has declared the project a ‘controlled action’, requiring assessment under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) with respect to:
- World heritage properties
- National heritage places
- Wetlands of international importance
- Listed threatened species and communities
- Listed migratory species, and
- Commonwealth marine areas.
This means the EIS is being prepared under a bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and State governments.
Nathan Dam and Pipelines Project EIS process
The EIS for the Nathan Dam and Pipeline Project was released for public and government agency review from 23 April 2012 to 5 June 2012. Formal EIS submissions on the project are now closed.
Following this period the Coordinator-General reviewed the EIS in detail and considered all properly made submissions. A total of 50 properly made submissions against the EIS were received by the Coordinator-General and any issues that require further assessment will be prioritised in a supplementary EIS process.
It is expected the Supplementary Report for the EIS will be prepared and submitted to the Coordinator-General by early 2013.
How can I request a copy of the EIS?
You can purchase a hard copy or you can order a CD/DVD from SunWater. Please contact SunWater on freecall 1800 158 651 for further information.
Nathan Dam and Pipelines Project EIS
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