Environmental Impact Assessment Improvement Project

November 28, 2016

The NSW Minerals Council (NSWMC) welcomed the opportunity to comment on the Discussion Paper for the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) Improvement Project and made a submission last week.  

View NSWMC submission here. 

The proposed reforms rightly propose to drive EIA in the direction of better identifying the important issues and prioritising these issues for detailed assessment during the EIA process. This approach is supported by NSWMC. The industry has heard this message from Government before and does have concerns about the gap between the initiatives proposed and achieving a truly risk based EIA where the issues of the most importance are given priority. The industry is very interested to work with the Department of Planning and Environment (DPE) and other stakeholders to ensure that these reforms meet their objectives in practice.

The industry is also supportive of the initiatives that will provide for greater upfront consultation with our communities and government agencies, including the Commonwealth government.

The DPE held workshops on the EIA Improvement Project this week.  It is planned that guidelines will be released in 2017. 

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