The proposed Integrated Resource Recovery Facility is to be assessed in the Impact track and as such, requires an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to be completed. An EIS is prepared by a proponent to enable decision makers to understand the environmental impacts of a proposed development and addresses the form and content requirements of the Planning and Land Authority.

The draft EIS was prepared as part of the EIS process and was placed on public notification between 16 July to 17 September 2020. During this time members of the public and government entities provided written representations.

To view the EIS and the written representations, visit the dedicated Integrated Resource Recovery Facility EIS webpage on the ACT Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development directorate (EPSDD) website.

More information on the EIS process is provided on the ACT EPSDD EIS webpage.

In preparing the draft EIS, Pre-EIS consultation was undertaken to inform the development of the draft EIS through three engagement stages. A fourth engagement stage was undertaken following publication of the draft EIS. The four stages of community and stakeholder engagement for the Project are outlined below:

  • Stage 1 consultation (July – September 2018) engaged government and regulatory agencies to help shape the scope of this EIS and better understand ACT regulatory requirements. Initial community council contact was also made here to introduce the project and identify future contacts.
  • Stage 2 consultation (September 2019) focused on raising general awareness of the Project amongst resident and community groups and seeking early feedback from near neighbours.
  • Stage 3 consultation (March 2020) supported the early community consultation by expanding the number of stakeholder groups that were engaged and gathering further feedback through email and online drop-in sessions.
  • Stage 4 consultation (July - September 2020) Public representations were submitted to EPSDD follwing publication of the draft EIS. To support the public notification period for the draft EIS, three online Q&A sessions were held on Saturday 29 August, Wednesday 2 September and Monday 7 September. During the Q&A sessions a number of people engaged with the project to have their questions relating to the draft EIS answered. To find out more about the questions received, visit the Project Q&A sessions page.

Hi-Quality will respond to submissions through a revised EIS to be provided to EPSDD.

In accordance with the form and content requirements of the Planning and Land Authority a range of specific technical assessments have been undertaken to inform the draft EIS. These include:

  • Traffic and Transport Impact Assessment
  • Contamination Assessment and Independent Audit
  • Landscape and Visual Assessment
  • Stormwater Assessment
  • Air Quality Assessment
  • Health Impact Assessment
  • Noise and Vibration Assessment
  • Bushfire Risk Assessment
  • Ecological Assessment.

With the notficiation period having concluded, a Revised EIS will be prepared, addressing all public representations made during the notification period. EPSDD will then assess the revised EIS and the Minister will make a determination. Following the EIS process, an impact track development application for the proposal will be submitted to the Authority for assessment.

To read more information on impact track Development Applications, visit the impact track wepage on the ACT EPSDD website.