Ministerial Approval Statements

If the Minister for Environment determines that a proposal may be implemented, he/she issues a statement setting out the implementation decision and the conditions, if any, to which the implementation is subject. All Ministerial Approval Statements issued under s45(5) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 are listed below with the most recent appearing first.

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0904 - Cape Riche Seawater Desalination Plant
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate a 12GL/annum seawater desalination plant in order to supply water to Grange Resource’s Southdown Magnetite operations.
Status: Final
Release Date: 19 July 2012
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0903 – Wheatstone Development – Gas Processing, Export Facilities and Infrastructure, Shire of Ashburton and Roebourne
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0873 – Wheatstone Development – Gas Processing, Export Facilities and Infrastructure. Shire of Ashburton and Roebourne
Status: Final
Release Date: 6 July 2012
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0902 – Roy Hill 1 Iron Ore Mining Project Stage 1, 110 Kilometres North of Newman, Shire of East Pilbara
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0824 Roy Hill 1 Iron Ore Mining Project Stage 1, 110 Kilometres North of Newman, Shire of East Pilbara
Status: Final
Release Date: 6 July 2012
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0901 – Busselton Regional Aerodrome City of Busselton
Summary: Replacement of all previous conditions and procedures in Ministerial Statements 399, 825, 856, 878, and 887 Busselton Regional Aerodrome
Status: Final
Release Date: 22 June 2012
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0900 – Yilgarn Operations Deception Deposit
Summary:

The proposal is to construct and operate an open cut iron ore mine, waste rock landform, ore stockpile, haul road and associated infrastructure, 150 kilometres north of Southern Cross.

Attachment 1 to Statement 900 – Realignment of the Deception Deposit Haul Road and the siting of the Deception Deposit Waste Rock Landform – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 19 November 2012.

Attachment 2 to Statement 900 – Realignment of Haul Road, co-location of support infrastructure to Ore Stockpile areas – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 5 November 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 18 June 2012
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0899 – Cloudbreak Life of Mine, Pilbara
Summary:

The proposal includes the existing Cloudbreak iron ore mine and proposed expansion.  The existing mine includes open pit strip mining, backfilling of pits, progressive rehabilitation and ore processing.  The expansion includes increasing ore production, development of new pits and permanent waste landforms, the development of new infrastructure, additional dewatering and water disposal activities, an upgrade of the ore processing facility.

Attachment 1 to Statement 899 – Change to Table 1 in Schedule 1 for increase in reinjection requirements and integration of groundwater management between Christmas Creek and Cloudbreak mines – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 20 December 2013.

Attachment 2 to Statement 899 – Temporary increase in dewatering from 100 GL/a to 125 GL/a until 31 July 2016 and temporary increase in reinjection from 95 GL/a to 115 GL/a until 31 July 2016 – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 24 November 2014.

Attachment 3 to Statement 899 - Expansion of the Project Area by 590 hectares to include tenements M46/450 and M46/453; correction of clerical error to Project Area to state 34,800 ha and include the 590 ha increase, totalling 35,390 ha; and correction of clerical error to Existing Mine from 5,000 ha to state 5,500 ha - – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 20 March 2015.


Status: Final
Release Date: 5 June 2012
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0898 – Expansion to Limestone Quarry on Mining Lease 08/06 Sub Lease 3h/034, 8 Kilometres South West of Exmouth
Summary: To excavate limestone, screen the material on-site, re-establish an access road and rehabilitate all of the disturbed areas.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 May 2012
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0897 – Wagerup Alumina Refinery - Production to a Maximum Capacity of 4.7 Million Tonnes Per Annum and Associated Bauxite Mining
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0728 – Wagerup Alumina Refinery - Production to a Maximum Capacity of 4.7 Million Tonnes Per Annum and Associated Bauxite Mining
Status: Final
Release Date: 9 May 2012
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0896 – Mungada Iron Ore Project, 220 Kilometres East-Southeast of Geraldton and 320 Kilometres North-Northeast of Perth, Shire of Perenjori
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0806 Mungada Iron Ore Project, 220 kilometres east-southeast of Geraldton and 320 kms north-northeast of Perth, Shire of Perenjori.
Status: Final
Release Date: 4 May 2012
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0895 – Karara Iron Ore Project, 215 Kilometres East-Southeast of Geraldton and 320 Kilometres North-Northeast of Perth,Shire of Perenjori
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0805 Karara Iron Ore Project 215 kilometres east-southeast of Geraldton and 320 kms north-northeast of Perth, Shire of Perejori
Status: Final
Release Date: 4 May 2012
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0894 – Residential Subdivision on Lots 3000 (Formerly Lot 1512) and 1523 Emu Point Drive, Albany
Summary:

The proposal is for the residential subdivision of Lots 3000 (formerly Lot 1512) and 1523 Emu Point Drive in Albany. 

Attachment 1 to Statement 894 – Increase in clearing of native vegetation, change to development footprint boundary – change to proposal approved under section 45C 10 July 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 30 April 2012
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0893 – Hope Downs Iron Ore Mine, 75 Km North-West of Newman Pilbara Region
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0584 Hope Downs Iron Ore Mine, 75km North-West of Newman, Pilbara Region

Status: Final
Release Date: 12 April 2012
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0892 – Parker Range (Mount Caudan) Iron Ore Project Shire of Yilgarn
Summary: The proposal is to develop and operate the Parker Range (Mount Caudan) Iron Ore Project located approximately 15 kilometres south-east of Marvel Loch in the Shire of Yilgarn. The proposal consists of a mining area and haul road area.  The mining area includes an above and below the watertable iron ore mine, associated infrastructure and the Parker Range Bypass Road.
Status: Final
Release Date: 12 April 2012
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0891 – Multi-User Iron Ore Export (Landside) Facility Port Hedland
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate port infrastructure which includes a stockyard facility, rail loop, conveyor, wharf and ship-loading facility at Port Hedland.
Status: Final
Release Date: 2 April 2012
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0890 – Outer Harbour Development – Port Hedland BHP Billiton Iron Ore (BHPBIO)
Summary:

The proposal is to construct and operate the Outer Harbour Development which includes landside and marine infrastructure for the handling and export of iron ore from BHPBIO’s operations.

The Boodarie stockyard infrastructure will supply an overland conveyor to a transfer pad located to the west of the existing Finucane Island facilities. A piled jetty will transfer ore material to the ship loaders located at the piled wharf.


Status: Final
Release Date: 28 February 2012
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0889 – Mt Gibson Iron Ore Mine & Infrastructure Project Shire of Yalgoo
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0753 Mt Gibson Iron Ore Mine & Infrastructure Project Shire of Yalgoo
Status: Final
Release Date: 28 February 2012
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0888 – Expansion of Jurien Gypsum Mining Operation ML70/1161, Shire of Dandaragan
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0730 Expansion of Jurien Gypsum Mining Operation ML70/1161, Shire of Dandaragan
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 February 2012
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0887 – Busselton Regional Aerodrome
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0399 Busselton Regional Aerodrome.
Status: Final
Release Date: 7 February 2012
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0886 – Jack Hills Expansion Project – Shires of Meekatharra, Murchison, Cue and Shark Bay
Summary:

To expand the Jack Hills Iron Ore Project, 120 kilometres northwest of Meekatharra and approximately 400 kilometres northeast of Geraldton. 

The proposal consists of a designated mining area containing two open pits, integrated waste and tailings landform, ore beneficiating plant and workshops, a combined gas pipeline spur and water pipe corridor, a services (possible water, gas, power transmission) corridor to Weld Range, the Byro Sub-basin Borefield and the Murchison Palaeochannel Borefield, a power station, airstrip, village and ancillaries.  The Jack Hills Expansion Project is contiguous with the Stage 1 mine.


Status: Final
Release Date: 9 January 2012
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0885 – Transitional Development of Cone Bay Marine Tropical Finfish Aquaculture Venture, Aquaculture Licence 1465
Summary: The proposal is to operate a 2000 tonnes per annum barramundi sea cage aquaculture farm in Cone Bay which is located in the Buccaneer Archipelago and forms part of the Yampi Sound in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. 
Status: Final
Release Date: 5 January 2012
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0884 – Coastal Walk Trail from Point Ann to Hamersley Inlet - Fitzgerald River National Park
Summary:

The proposal is to construct and operate a walk trail along the coast from Point Ann to Hamersley Inlet within Fitzgerald River National Park.

Attachment 1 to Statement 884 – Two walk trails: an Eastern walk trail from Quoin Head to Cave Point including a spur trail to Hamersley Inlet; and a Western trail from Point Ann to Fitzgerald Inlet with shorter walk option at Lake Nameless; reduction and relocation of overnight camping, and amendment to Wilderness Management Zone Boundary – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 28 August 2012.


Status: Final
Release Date: 22 December 2011
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0883 – Hamersley Agriculture Project
Summary: The proposal involves utilising mine dewatering, surplus to other Marandoo Mine Phase 2 requirements, for irrigated agriculture. The Project area is located approximately 6 km to the west of Marandoo Mine. The Project area is approximately 2800 hectares of which a maximum of 1815 hectares is to be disturbed. This includes 1650 hectares of direct impact and 165 hectares of indirect impact.

Status: Final
Release Date: 5 December 2011
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0882 – Spotted Quoll Open Pit Nickel Mine, Shire of Kondinin
Summary: Amendment of conditions of Ministerial Statement 0808  - Spotted Quoll Open Pit Nickel  Mine, Shire Of Kondinin
Status: Final
Release Date: 2 December 2011
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0881 – West Pilbara Iron Ore Project Stage 1 – Mine and Rail, Shire of Ashburton and Shire of Roebourne
Summary: The proposal is to develop eight iron ore deposits at five locations, between 35 and 85 kilometres (km) south of Pannawonica.  A heavy-haulage railway approximately 285 km in length would be developed to connect the mine area with a port to be constructed at Anketell Point, 25 km north-east of Karratha.  The project would produce up to 30 million tonnes per annum (Mtpa) of iron ore.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 November 2011
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0880 – Cape Lambert to Emu Siding Rail Duplication
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate a rail line and associated infrastructure adjacent to the existing rail line from Cape Lambert to Emu Siding.

Attachment 1 to Statement 880 – Realignment of the originally proposed rail duplication – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 19 June 2012.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 November 2011
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0879 - Gold mine developments on Lake Lefroy
Summary:

The proposal is to expand existing open-cut and underground gold mining developments within a defined project area on the surface of Lake Lefroy, approximately 20 kilometres south east of Kambalda. The proposal includes the discharge of dewatering to the lake’s surface and the construction of associated mining infrastructure (including open pits and waste rock dumps).

Attachment 1 – Increase of 348 hectares to the area of disturbance – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 26 March 2014.


Status: Final
Release Date: 16 November 2011
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0878 - Busselton Regional Aerodrome
Summary: Refer to Ministerial Statement 399.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 November 2011
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0877 – Town of Port Hedland Town Planning Scheme No. 5 Amendment No. 22 (Rezone Residential Land in the West End of Port Hedland)
Summary: To rezone currently zoned residential land in the West End of Port Hedland to “West End Residential” and “Town Centre".
Status: Final
Release Date: 2 November 2011
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0876 – Cape Lambert Port B Development – Shire of Roebourne
Summary:  Amendment of Conditions of Cape Lambert Port B Development – Shire of Roebourne
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 November 2011
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0875 – Ammonium Nitrate Production Expansion Project: Phase 2, Kwinana Town of Kwinana
Summary: CSBP Limited proposes to expand its Kwinana Ammonium Nitrate Production Facility located within the CSBP Kwinana Industrial Complex approximately 40 kilometres south of Perth by incorporating additional components into the existing facility and re-engineering (debottlenecking) some existing components in order to increase ammonium nitrate production capacity from 520,000 tonnes per annum to 936,000 tonnes per annum.

Attachment 1 to Statement 875 – Removal of "Greenhouse gas emissions" – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 3 January 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 6 October 2011
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0874 - Koolyanobbing Iron Ore Expansion, Windarling Range and Mt Jackson, Shire of Yilgarn
Summary: Amendment of Conditions of Statement 0627 - Koolyanobbing Iron Ore Expansion Windarling Range and Mt Jackson Shire of Yilgarn
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 September 2011
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0873 – Wheatstone Development – Gas Processing, Export Facilities and Infrastructure. Shire of Ashburton and Roebourne
Summary: The Proposal is to construct and operate a 25 million tonne per annum Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility and associated Domestic Gas (Domgas) facility in the proposed Ashburton North Strategic Industrial Area (ANSIA) 12 kilometres south west of the town of Onslow.

Attachment 1 to Statement 873 – An amendment to the turning basin identified in Figure 6 of Schedule 1 – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 14 Jan 2013.

Attachment 2 to Statement 873 – An amendment to delete reference to utilities, discharges and capacity limits detailed in Schedule 1 – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 28 February 2013.

Attachment 3 to Statement 873 – Inclusion of offshore Sand Borrow Area for trunkline installation – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 18 March 2013.

Attachment 4 to Statement 873 – Amendment to coordinates of Overflow Control Zones – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 18 March 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 August 2011
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0872 – Voyager Quarry Lots 11 & 14 Horton Road, The Lakes Avon Location 1881 Shire of Northam
Summary: Amendment of Conditions of Statement 706 – Voyager Quarry Lots 11 & 14 Horton Road, The Lakes Avon Location 1881 Shire of Northam
Status: Final
Release Date: 8 August 2011
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0871 – Christmas Creek Water Management Scheme
Summary: The proposal is to increase the mine dewatering rate up to 50 Gigalitres per annum and to inject surplus water into two brackish and one saline injection zones at the Christmas Creek Mine.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 August 2011
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0870 - Technical ammonium nitrate production facility, Burrup Peninsula, Shire of Roebourne
Summary: The proposal is for the construction and operation of a technical ammonium nitrate production facility (TANPF) on Site D within the King Bay/Hearson Cove Industrial Estate on the Burrup Peninsula. The proposal is located approximately 13 kilometres north-west of Karratha.

Attachment 1 to Statement 870 – Removal of 'Wastewater' from the key proposal characteristics table – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 9 July 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 11 July 2011
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0869 - Coyote Gold Mine, Stage 2, approximately 280 kilometres south-east of Halls Creek, Tanami Desert, Shire of Halls Creek
Summary:

This statement relates to Ministerial Statement 749 and replaces Condition 5-4 as follows:

Condition 5-4 of Ministerial Statement 749 is deleted and replaced with:

“5-4 The proponent shall impose speed limits of 80 kilometres per hour for all vehicles on the haul road, or at lesser speeds as required to ensure effective project safety.”


Status: Final
Release Date: 11 July 2011
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0868 - Dampier Marine Services Facility
Summary: The proposal involves dredging of not more than 2.2 million cubic metres of material which will be used to reclaim a 22 hectare area and create a new land-backed wharf. A new jetty will extend approximately 300 metres from the land-backed wharf. The proposal will also require disturbance of approximately 5 hectares of land for a lay down area and an access road.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 June 2011
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0867 – Brockman 2 Detrital Iron Ore Mine Extension Phase 2B
Summary: The proposal is to amalgamate parts of Pit 4 Extension, Lower Pit 4, Valley Pit and Pit 6 to approximately 530 metres Reduced Level (mRL) to form the BS2 Pit.  Further dewatering of the orebody aquifer to 520 mRL is required to mine to a depth of 530 mRL.

Attachment 1 to Statement 867 – Removal of reference to "Project life", "Total Production", and "Dewatering volume"– change to proposal approved under section 45C on 11 September 2013.
Status: Final
Release Date: 20 June 2011
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0866 – Western Australian Planning Commission Peel Region Scheme Amendment 017/57
Summary: Rezoning of Lot 123 Tonkin Drive, Lot 185 North Yunderup Road, Lots 205 and 300 Towera Road and Lot 544 Pinjarra Road, and portion of Towera Road, North Yunderup from Rural to Urban; and rezoning of Lots 19-23 Pinjarra Road, Lot 120 North Yunderup Road, Lots 122-127 Tonkin Drive, Lots 128-130 Walter Road, Reserve 35250 (on North Yunderup Road), portion of Towera Road and portion of Lot 544 Pinjarra Road, North Yunderup from Rural to Urban Deferred.
Status: Final
Release Date: 14 June 2011
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0865 - Gorgon Gas Development Revised and Expanded Proposal Barrow Island Nature Reserve
Summary: Amendments to Conditions of Statement 0800 - Gorgon Gas Development Revised and Expanded Proposal Barrow Island Nature Reserve
Status: Final
Release Date: 8 June 2011
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0864 – Roy Hill Infrastructure Railway, Shire of Ashburton, Shire of East Pilbara, Town of Port Hedland
Summary: Alteration of Conditions of Statement 847 – Roy Hill Infrastructure Railway, Shire of Ashburton, Shire of East Pilbara, Town of Port Hedland
Status: Final
Release Date: 2 June 2011
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0863 – Rockingham Industrial Zone Strategic Environmental Assessment (Formerly IP14)
Summary: The strategic proposal is to identify a development footprint for future industrial development over a 339 hectare area of the Rockingham Industrial Zone, while retaining an area as a conservation reserve.

Attachment 1 to Statement 863 – Add 4.36 hectares to the Rockingham Industrial Zone Strategic Proposal area – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 4 October 2013.

Attachment 2 to Statement 863 – Addition of 197.54 hectares (ha) to the original proposal area and inclusion of the Conservation Area of 91 ha in Table 2 – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 22 October 2014.
Status: Final
Release Date: 26 May 2011
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0862 - Solomon Iron Ore Project
Summary:

The proposal is to develop and operate two new mines at a greenfield site approximately 60 kilometres north of Tom Price, and to construct and operate a railway up to 130 kilometres in length from the mine site to the existing FMG railway.

Attachment 1 to Statement 862 – Change to Schedule 1, Key Proposal Characteristics Table – change to proposal approved under s45C on 13 December 2011.

Attachment 2 to Statement 862 – Up to 5 hectares of disturbance of the Priority Ecological Community 'Brockman Iron Crackling Clay Communities of the Hamersley Range'; Increase in peak dewatering rate to 25 gigalitres per annum; Changes to Schedule 1 to remove elements not environmentally relevant and to contemporise this Statement. – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 21 November 2013.

Attachment 3 to Statement 862 – Increase in Total Disturbance (Mines) of 16 ha, 'Project Development Area 1' and 'Project Development Area 2' changed to 'Project Development Envelope 1’ and 'Project Development Envelope 2' and Amendments to the Project Development Envelope 1 and Rail Corridor and Rail Spur Corridor boundaries, and corresponding adjustment of area values – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 15 October 2014.


Status: Final
Release Date: 21 November 2013
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0861 – Gidgegannup Granite Quarry, Gidgegannup, City of Swan
Summary: The proposal is to develop a granite quarry in Gidgegannup, which is expected to yield up to 500,000 tonnes of rock per annum.
Status: Final
Release Date: 13 April 2011
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0860 – Shire of Murray Town Planning Scheme No. 4 Amendment 104 (Point Grey)
Summary: Alteration of Conditions of Statement 519 – Shire of Murray Town Planning Scheme No. 4 Amendment 104 (Point Grey)
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 March 2011
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0859 – South West Creek Dredging and Reclamation Project
Summary:

The proposal involves the dredging of not more than 14.2 million cubic metres (Mm3) of material for eight new berth pockets, a turning circle and a link to the existing shipping channel. The proposal also involves the construction of two new land based dredge management areas (DMMAs). Dredged material will be disposed offshore at an existing disposal ground in Commonwealth waters and the new and existing DMMAs, as documented in schedule 1 of this statement.

Attachment 1 to Statement 859 – Relocation of DMMA G Discharge Point and Modification of Zone of Permanent Mangrove loss - change to proposal approved under s45C on 27 October 2011.

Attachment 2 to Statement 859 – Realignment of the access track between Utah Point Road and the dredging area, and associated changes to the zone of permanent mangrove loss – change to proposal approved under s45C on 2 May 2012.

Attachment 3 to Statement 859 – Change to conditions 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4, 6-5 & 6-6  – change to proposal approved under section 46C on 8 November 2013.


Status: Final
Release Date: 15 March 2011
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0858 – Roy Hill 1 Iron Ore Project, Port Infrastructure Port Hedland
Summary:

The proposal is to construct and operate port infrastructure which includes a stockyard facility, rail loop, conveyor, wharf and ship-loading facility at Port Hedland.

Attachment 1 to Statement 858 – Increase in terrestrial vegetation and ground disturbance area – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 17 December 2012.

Attachment 2 to Statement 858 – Disposal of dewatered groundwater, and addition of a pipeline development envelope – change to proposal approved under section 45C on 19 February 2014.

Attachment 3 to Statement 858 – Correction of an unintentional error in Attachment 2 - correction approved on 4 April 2014.

Attachment 4 to Statement 858 – The Minister for Environment has requested the EPA to inquire into the matter of changing the conditions relating to the proposal, pursuant to section 46 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. This Notice of Interim Implementation Conditions is to have effect until such time as a statement is published under section 45(5) as applied by section 46(8) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 - approved under section 46A on 10 April 2014.
Status: Final
Release Date: 11 March 2011
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0857 – Jimblebar Iron Ore Project, 40 Kilometres East of Newman, Shire of East Pilbara
Summary: The proposal is to extend the existing Wheelarra Hill open pits, develop the South Jimblebar and Hashimoto deposits, and to increase the ore processing capacity by 30 million tonnes per annum (mtpa) to 75 mtpa. Open pit mining will occur above and below ground and will involve dewatering. Excess water will be discharged into the Ophthalmia Dam.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 February 2011
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0856 – Busselton Regional Aerodrome
Summary: Amendment to Ministerial conditions to construct and operate a Regional Aerodrome at the Four Mile Hill site.
Status: Final
Release Date: 16 February 2011
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0855 – Marillana Iron Ore Project, Shire of East Pilbara
Summary: The proposal is to construct and operate a 750 Million tonnes (Mt) iron ore mine, processing facility and associated infrastructure using traditional open pit mining methods of excavating, load and haul approximately 100 km north west of Newman.
Status: Final
Release Date: 8 February 2011
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