Viewing the EES
Exhibition of the Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project Environment Effects Statement (EES) concluded on 26 August 2020.
The EES, the draft planning scheme amendment, the works approval application and the pipeline licence application will remain available online throughout the next steps of the EES process.
To learn more about the EES and other exhibited documents and how to navigate these documents, start here.
The EES and other exhibited documents are available to read and download in the EES section of this website.
Inquiry and Advisory Committee process
The Minister for Planning has appointed an inquiry in the form of an Inquiry and Advisory Committee. The ‘Crib Point Inquiry and Advisory Committee’ (the IAC) will consider submissions to the Environment Effects Statement (EES), the draft planning scheme amendment and works approval application (WAA) and prepare a report and recommendations for the Minister for Planning.
The IAC comprises Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair), Jacquelle Gorski, Chris Harty and Trevor McCullough.
The IAC may also be appointed as a Panel by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change to consider and advise on the pipeline license application under the Pipelines Act 2005.
The IAC process includes a Directions Hearing and the Hearing.
The Directions Hearing was held on Thursday 17 September 2020 by video conference.
The Public Hearing timetable and directions issued by the IAC are available on the Engage Victoria website
The Hearing allows for:
The Proponent to set out its case in full and provide evidence in support of the Project
Municipal Councils, agencies, community groups and submitters to speak to their submissions and call evidence if required.
Questions will be allowed of all witnesses by other parties.
The Hearing commenced on Monday 12 October 2020 and will run for ten weeks to 17 December 2020, generally sitting four days per week (Monday to Thursday). The Hearing is open to the public at all times, and anyone can view the proceedings.
Full details about the IAC process can be found on the Engage Victoria website
Concluding the EES process
Following receipt of the IAC’s report, the Minister for Planning will assess all relevant information including the EES documents, public submissions and the inquiry report. The Minister will then issue a written assessment of the Project’s environmental effects, commonly known as the ‘Minister’s Assessment’. This assessment will make recommendations about whether the Project’s environmental effects are acceptable and set out any modifications or further management measures the Minister considers appropriate.
The Minister’s Assessment must be considered by relevant Victorian statutory decision-makers responsible for determining key approvals for the Project.
The Commonwealth Minister for the Environment must also consider the Victorian Minister’s assessment before deciding whether to grant approvals under the EPBC Act, and if so under what conditions.