AGL and APA’s proposed Gas Import Jetty and Pipeline Project is being assessed under the Environment Effects Act 1978 which provides for the assessment of proposed projects in Victoria that could have a significant effect on the environment.

This week, the Project team submitted the Environment Effects Statement (EES) for adequacy assessment by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP).

At the start of the EES process DELWP convened a Technical Reference Group (TRG), with members representing 16 government organisations. The TRG has reviewed the draft technical studies and draft EES documentation and has provided feedback to the Project which has been incorporated in the EES. The EES has also been prepared with community feedback received through consultation that has taken place throughout preparation of the EES, as set out in the Project’s Consultation Plan. More information about the TRG and the Consultation Plan can be found on DELWP’s website.

DELWP’s adequacy assessment is the next step for ensuring that the EES adequately addresses the matters in the scoping requirements and any other relevant issues. DELWP have advised that this assessment will take approximately 30 business days. 

Engagement and COVID-19

Australia is currently facing an unprecedented time under the widespread disruption caused by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). In response to the public health risks from the COVID-19 pandemic and concerns voiced by the community, the Project team are applying safety and well-being measures to protect our people and the communities we work in. We are working remotely and changing the way in which we interact with you.

Our engagement with you is important to us – and whilst we navigate through these unfamiliar times, we remain committed to working with the community and following all government and regulatory assessment requirements.

The Minister for Planning and DELWP, will determine the exhibition and public inquiry process for the EES, including the EPA Works Approval application and Pipeline Licence application. AGL and APA are committed to implementing whatever directions the Minister might give for exhibition arrangements that respond to the pandemic emergency.

We will provide a further update once the Minster and DELWP have released their determination on these.