Thursday 17 October 2019
Planning process proceeds to next stage
Following receipt of the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) from the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). SUEZ Australia will now commence preparation of a comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Botany Cogeneration Plant.
The SEARs outline in detail the assessment work that must be undertaken as part of the development of the EIS. They also include requirements for community and stakeholder consultation.
In preparing the SEARS, the DPIE sought input on assessment requirements from multiple government bodies including the Environmental Protection Authority, Randwick City Council, Sydney Water and NSW Health.
Receiving the SEARs is an important next step in the planning process. Preparation of detailed technical studies by expert consultants will now commence as input to the EIS.
Consultation with the community and stakeholders is already underway and will be ongoing throughout the development and public display of the EIS.
The SEARs and other planning approvals information can be viewed on the Department on Planning, Industry and Environment website by clicking here.
Thursday, 12 September 2019
Scoping report now available
A Scoping Report into the Botany Cogeneration Plant has been submitted to the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as part of the process to examine feasibility of the proposed project.
It provides an overview of the project, defines the objectives and potential benefits, as well as identifies areas for stakeholder engagement including environment, transport and community amenity.
The Scoping Report has been lodged with the Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment as part of the request for a Secretary’s Environment Assessment Requirement (SEARs request).
Should the project proceed past the feasibility stage, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared. The EIS will provide detailed information on the project including the identification of any potential environmental impacts and mitigation measures.
In lodging a SEARs request, SUEZ as the lead developer of the project is asking the Secretary of the Department of Planning, Industry and the Environment to set out the standard, and project-specific environmental assessment requirements that will be used to develop the EIS.
SEARs requests are an important first step in the planning process in NSW, are necessary for all State Significant Developments and will help decide if this project is to proceed or not.
The Scoping Report can be viewed on the Department on Planning, Industry and Environment website by clicking here.