On 6 January 2012,the proposed Abbot Point Terminal 0, Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 capital dredging was determined by the Federal Environment Department to be a controlled action.
Under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), this acknowledges the project may impact on matters of national environmental significance.
The proposed disposal of dredge material requires a permit under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, as components of the development are proposed to be located in the Marine Park.
We will assess the application using the following legislation:
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Regulations 1983
- Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Zoning Plan 2003
We will also provide advice to the Federal Environment Department on matters of national environmental significance under the EPBC Act.
Public environment report assessment process
North Queensland Bulk Ports Corporation submitted a final public environment report which describes the potential impact that the project could have on the environment.
We assess any activity that may impact the Marine Park- this involves looking at the potential impacts on the environment, social, cultural and heritage valued of the area. Assessments cover:
- Mandatory considerations (Regulation 88Q): This includes, among others, the impact of the proposed action on the environment, social, cultural and heritage values of the Marine Park, written comments received about the application in response to the public advertisement, and other matters relevant to the orderly and proper management of the Marine Park.
- Discretionary considerations (Regulation 88R): This includes the impact the proposed action will have on the public appreciation, understanding and enjoyment of the Marine Park, the cumulative impacts (if any) of the proposed action.
We will consider the impacts of the proposal on all aspects of the Marine Park, including matters raised in public submissions.