What is the EES?
The Environment Effects Statement (EES) presents the findings of the assessment of potential positive and negative impacts of the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project (the project).
The EES provides information about the project including a description of the proposed activities, relevant alternatives, potential environmental, health and socio-economic issues, and assesses project impacts. Measures are proposed to avoid, mitigate and/or offset significant potential impacts. The EES also sets out an environmental management framework under which the project will be managed, and the environmental outcomes that must be achieved.
The EES provides stakeholders and the public with information about the project and how it could affect or benefit them, and will inform the Minister’s assessment, which in turn informs statutory decision-makers, including the decision of whether to approve the project, and the conditions of such approval. Submissions can be made by any person or organization on the EES. Submissions should be made on the EES Main Report and technical appendices. Submitters can also include submissions on the Planning Scheme Amendment and the Works Approval Application together with their EES submission.
Why was the EES prepared?
The project was referred to the Victorian Minister for Planning on 11 November 2016 in accordance with Section 8(3) of the Environment Effects Act 1978 to determine the need to prepare an environment effects statement. On 18 December 2016, the Minister determined that the project would require the preparation of an EES.
Further detail about the Minister’s decision is available here.
The Minister’s assessment of the EES is not an approval. Rather, it informs local and state governments, government agencies and statutory authorities who will decide whether to issue the project with the permits and consents necessary for it to proceed.
How was the EES prepared?
The EES responds to requirements set out in the Scoping Requirements for the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project EES issued by the Minister for Planning in March 2018. The scoping requirements identify the specific matters to be investigated and documented in the EES. Further details of the scoping requirements are provided in Chapter 5 – Regulatory framework.
Kalbar Operations has addressed the scoping requirements through numerous technical studies undertaken by subject specialists, as well as other investigations, programs and assessments, as presented in this EES.
The EES process is managed by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP). DELWP convened a technical reference group (TRG) for the project, and in conjunction with the TRG, provided guidance to Kalbar throughout the assessment process.