As part of the planning and approvals process for the proposed LHI Hybrid Renewable Energy Project – Stage 2 – Installation of Wind Turbines, the Board has submitted a Referral to the Australian Government Minister for the Environment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The EPBC Act is the Australian Government's key piece of environmental legislation and focuses Australian Government interests on the protection of Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) which are: World Heritage properties, National Heritage places, Wetlands of International Importance, Nationally Threatened Species and Ecological Communities, Migratory species, Commonwealth marine areas, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, Nuclear actions (including uranium mining) and water resources - in relation to coal seam gas development and large coal mining development.
A referral under the EPBC Act is required for an “action” that will have or is likely to have a significant impact on any of the MNES. The EPBC Act provides for a public comment period of 10 business days for referrals (with no extensions).
The Board encourages you to comment on the referral for the proposed Wind Turbine installation, as it relates to MNES, by providing a written submission to the Commonwealth Environment Department.
The complete referral documents for the proposal are available for public inspection between 7 November and 21 November 2016 at the following locations:
- Lord Howe Island Board Administrative Offices, Bowker Avenue, Lord Howe Island
- The Lord Howe Island Board website (documents below)
- The Department of Environment Invitations to Comment website
Comments must be received by close of business on 21 November 2016.
Please ensure your comments are effective by
- Clearly reference the referral (EPBC number (2016/7790) and proposal title (Lord Howe Island Renewable Energy Project - Stage 2 - wind turbines) in your submission.
- State clearly whether, and how, you believe the proposal would have a significant impact on matters protected by the EPBC Act. The Minister, or their delegate, can only take into account comments, concerns or issues in respect to the specific matters of national environmental significance or matters protected under the EPBC Act. Be specific by stating which aspects of the proposal would impact on matters (e.g. a particular listed species or heritage value).
- If you believe the information in the referral is misleading or incorrect, you should state the reasons why and provide correct information, if available.
- Give the source of any key information used in reaching your conclusion.
- Provide clear contact details if the Department needs to get in touch with you to seek clarification.
- Provide comments by the due date of 21 November 2016.
If you require further information you can contact the Department of Environment's Community Information Unit by firstname.lastname@example.org, or freecall 1800 803 772.
Submitting your comments
Please send your comments quoting the reference number and title of the referral to:
Fax: 02 6274 1620
Or post to:
Environment Assessment Branch
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787, Canberra ACT 2601
Please note: Submissions may be subject to release under the Freedom of Information Act 1982, and may be provided to third parties for procedural fairness purposes (also known as natural justice). Public submissions are not normally confidential.
A decision on whether a proposed action requires approval will be made by the Minister within 20 business days. The outcome of the decision will be made publicly available on the website.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Date: 11 November 2016
Wind Turbines EPBC Referral PDF 1.5 MB