We are also seeking Commonwealth approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC).
An EPBC referral was prepared using the turbine infrastructure layout set out in the Modification Application that was lodged with DPE in September 2022, which proposed up to 220 turbines with a maximum blade tip height of 250 m.
The Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW) placed the Referral (EPBC 2022/09416) on public exhibition from 2 – 17 March 2023.
The Referral has been made based on potential impacts to Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) under the following Controlling Provisions under the EPBC Act:
- Threatened Species and Ecological Communities (S18)
- Migratory Species (S20)
Following the public exhibition period, the information included in the Referral, along with any comments received, will be used to help decide whether this proposed action:
- is a controlled action (one that is likely to have a significant impact on matters protected under the EPBC Act and therefore needs to be assessed and approved by the Minister for the Environment and Energy before it can proceed), or
- is not a controlled action and may be undertaken but only as described in the Referral, or
- does not require approval under the EPBC Act.
Alternatively, it may be decided based on the information in the Referral that the action is clearly unacceptable (the referred action would have unacceptable impacts on matters protected under the EPBC Act and cannot proceed).
You can view the environment assessment process fact sheet here.
The Project will be assessed by way of Public Environment Report (PER) which will be subject to a further public exhibition process managed by the Commonwealth Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW).
We will keep the community informed as this process progresses, including updates on the timeframes, via our website, shopfront, newsletters and advertisements.