Nathan Dam and Pipelines Project EIS
The EIS for the Nathan Dam and Pipelines Project was released for public and government agency review from 23 April 2012 to 5 June 2012, with a total of 58 formal submissions received.
Following this period, the Coordinator-General reviewed the EIS in detail and considered all properly made submissions. Issues that were identified as requiring further assessment have been addressed in additional information to the EIS (AEIS). The AEIS was released for public comment on 8 October 2016, with comments closing on 7 November 2016.
Once the AEIS is submitted and finalised, the Coordinator-General will release his report on the EIS and the AEIS to the Commonwealth under the bilateral agreement, stating whether or not the Project is approved. In reaching a conclusion about the EIS and the AEIS, the Coordinator-General will take into account all accepted submissions lodged and any other material considered relevant to the Project.
The Coordinator-General’s report and all related information will be forwarded to the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy (DoEE), who will then undertake an assessment under the EPBC Act. DoEE has been involved throughout the EIS process.
SunWater's business case for the Project will rely heavily on data from the EIS and AEIS. Both EIS documents will also provide the basis for statutory approvals required for the Project to proceed to construction.