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Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Comment

On 7 May 2015 the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment determined the Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort Project was a ‘controlled action’ due to the potential impacts on matters of national environmental significance under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

On 19 May 2015 the State’s Coordinator-General declared the Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort Project to be a coordinated project for which an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required under section 26(1)(a) of the State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (SDPWO Act).

In accordance with the bilateral agreement between the Commonwealth and Queensland Governments a Draft EIS has been prepared in accordance with terms of reference issued for the project.

The Draft Environmental Impact Statement has been released for public review and comment until 4 September 2017. 

The Draft EIS and details regarding how to make a submission is available from:

The table below provides the timeline of significant events in the drafting of the EIS.

Date Activity
Currently Draft EIS released for comment to 4 September 2017
21 August 2015 Terms of reference for EIS (307 KB) released.
30 May 2015 to 3 July 2015 Draft terms of reference for EIS (685 KB) public consultation.
19 May 2015 Gazettal of 'coordinated project' declaration (254 KB).
07 May 2015 Commonwealth Minister for the Environment decided the project is a 'controlled action'.
06 May 2015 Coordinated project application, including initial advice statement (27.8 MB), submitted.
9 April 2015 Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment.

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Note:  The Draft EIS was initially prepared assuming that the safe harbour was to be part of the Lindeman Great Barrier Reef Resort Project.  With the commencement of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority’s (GBRMPA) Dredging Coral Reef Habitat Policy (2016), further impacts on Great Barrier Reef coral reef habitats from yet more bleaching, and the recent impacts from Tropical Cyclone Debbie, the proponent no longer seeks assessment and approval to construct a safe harbour at Lindeman Island.  Instead the proponent seeks assessment and approval for upgrades to the existing jetty and additional moorings in sheltered locations around the island to enable the resort’s marine craft to obtain safe shelter under a range of wind and wave conditions.  Accordingly, remaining references to, and images of, a safe harbour on various figures and maps in the EIS are no longer current.