You may have recently seen an article in the Canberra Times which talks about Ginninderry applying for an Environmental Impact Statement exemption with the ACT Planning Authority.
Over the last 10 years, Ginninderry has completed a wide range of environmental investigations to determine the potential environmental impacts of the project.
These have been undertaken to ensure that all necessary protection measures are in place, or are able to be easily put in place in the future planning for the project, prior to the start of development. Rather than taking a piecemeal assessment approach on a stage-by-stage basis, Ginninderry has completed a robust and comprehensive environmental assessment up-front, which includes a Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) across the whole site. Approval under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) was obtained in August 2017. On this basis and taking into account the local and federal government’s bilateral agreement to recognise parallel approvals made through the EPBC’s Matters of National Environmental Significance and ACT Planning’s Environmental Impact Statements, the project has applied for a Section 211 exemption from the requirement that the DA for Stage Two and future stages of the project be accompanied by multiple EIS’s prepared specifically to cover the individual Development Applications. A detailed fact sheet which summarises the background to this application, can be found here.
All of the technical information directly relevant to the proposal is available on the EPSDD website and comments should be submitted before 1 May.
We welcome input on aspects of the project and if following your review of this material, you have any questions please call the Ginninderry project office on 1800 316 900 and ask to speak to one of the project team or email firstname.lastname@example.org