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EPBC Act Strategic Assessment – Progress report and where to next? Approvals and Wildlife Division (Mark Flanigan) National Oceans Office (Paula Tomkins) Heritage Division (Terry Bailey).

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EPBC Act Strategic Assessment –Progress report and where to next? Approvals and Wildlife Division (Mark Flanigan)National Oceans Office (Paula Tomkins) Heritage Division (Terry Bailey)

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The Agreement: SummaryAgreement between the WA and Australian Governments in Feb 2008Provides a means for :1. Proactively addressing what would otherwise be negative cumulative impacts and economic inefficiencies associated with piecemeal LNG-related developments to service the Browse Basin Gas Reserves; and2. Assessing the broader natural, indigenous and historic heritage values in the Kimberley region.

NB: consideration will also be

given to feasible alternatives

outside the Kimberley region

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The Agreement:An Ecologically Sustainable Development Solution

  • Concentrate impacts to an appropriate and defined area
  • Address the cumulative impacts associated with piecemeal LNG development to service the Browse Basin Gas Reserves
  • Provide region wide conservation and heritage protection
  • Provide greater certainty to industry, government and the community over future LNG related development in Northern WA.

Photo: DEWHA

Photo: Kevin Crane (CALM)

Photo: Ian Morris

the agreement and nw marine bioregional plan
The Agreement and NW Marine Bioregional Plan

LNG Hub Location and Management Plan, three stages:

  • environment and heritage (in particular matters of NES) will be considered during the short-listing and final selection of a Hub location to service the Browse Basin Gas Reserves;
  • the impacts of actions associated with the development and functioning of the Hub will be identified, assessed and mitigated; and
  • the Plan for the Hub and associated activities will provide for the conservation and protection of matters of NES

Simultaneous Process

  • National Heritage Listing (to assist identification, listing and ultimately protection of the environment/heritage of the Kimberley more broadly)
  • Northwest Marine Bioregional Plan

Each of these initiatives are expected to be completed mid 2010

epbc act strategic assessment what stage are we up to

Here now!

EPBC Act Strategic Assessment:What stage are we up to?

Minister enters into an agreement with another person to undertake a strategic assessment of the impacts of actions under a policy, plan

or program.

Preparation of a Terms of Reference (ToR) for a report on the impacts of actions under the policy, plan or program (a draft may be released for public comment)

Information gathering to assist site selection and input to National Heritage Listing

Preparation of a draft report against the ToR

Draft report open for public comment for at least 28 days

Minister may make recommendations for modifications to the policy, plan or program.

Approval of actions under the policy, plan or program by the Minister if appropriate

(approval may include conditions)

Endorsement of the policy, plan or program by the Minister if appropriate

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The Kimberley:Significant Environmental and Heritage Values and one of Australia’s biodiversity hotspots
  • Matters of NES in the Region of Assessment
  • Listed Threatened Species and Ecological Communities
  • Listed Migratory Species
  • RAMSAR Wetlands
  • Commonwealth Marine Environment
  • National Heritage Values
  • Prospective Matters of NES

Courtesy : WA DEC

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Northwest Marine Bioregional Plan

  • NW Region
  • Extends from Kalbarri in south to NT border
  • Commonwealth waters from 3 – 200 nm
  • Aim
  • Identify conservation values in the NW marine region
  • Guide the Minister in decision-making under EPBC Act
  • Implement the National Representative System of Marine Protected Areas in Commonwealth waters (ie identify MPAs)
  • Advise proponents of the Government’s conservation priorities in the marine environment

Photo: WA DEC

Photo: DEWHA

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North-west Marine Region

Milestones:

Bioregional Profile – Mid 2008

Draft Plan – Mid 2009

Final Plan – Mid 2010

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Linkages with the Strategic Assessment

  • Working closely within DEWHA
  • Working with WA Govt Agencies
  • Providing advice and sharing all information collated as part of the NW marine bioregional planning process to the Strategic Assessment
  • Australia's heritage system Kimberley Jul 08.ppt