The Port Expansion Project has been assessed by both the Queensland and Australian Governments under separate state and Commonwealth environmental impact assessment processes. The potential environmental impacts of the project have been subject to detailed assessment and approval by the Queensland and Australian Governments in accordance with legislation. This provides certainty that the environmental impacts have been fully considered and will be controlled through conditions on development. The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Port Expansion Project was assessed and approved to proceed with conditions by the Australian Government on 5 February 2018 for capital dredging, land reclamation, and infrastructure construction.
The Project underwent a design refinement process in direct response to submissions received following a public consultation process and the changes that occurred in Government policy and legislation since the original EIS was completed (around the placement of capital dredge material).
Additional Information to the Environmental Impact Statement
An Additional Information to the Environmental Impact Statement (AEIS) dated October 2016 was prepared in response to submissions and the request to provide further clarification on matters raised during the public consultation period of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The AEIS does not seek to duplicate the EIS but rather to complement the existing assessment by providing additional clarification on specific matters raised during the public consultation period, including Project design refinements.