The Ginninderry project has conducted intensive environmental investigations over a period of years, leading to an environmental assessment under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act, which is complete. In circumstances like this the ACT Planning and Development Act makes special provisions regarding the need for further environmental assessment.
Minister Mick Gentleman announced on 30th October that after a rigorous environmental assessment, an Environment Impact Statement (EIS) exemption has been granted because Ginninderry’s application has sufficiently addressed the potential environmental impacts.
The project has also received environmental approval under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The EIS exemption process has the same level of scrutiny as an EIS and the application was open for extended public consultation.
Minister Gentleman has determined that the assessment reports already completed on the project are sufficient to grant the exemption.
For more information and background on Ginninderry’s application see: EIS fact sheet