In August 2020 the then Minister for Environment made a request to the EPA to provide strategic advice under Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 on the potential cumulative impacts of the proposed activities and developments on the environmental, social and cultural values of Exmouth Gulf.
Partnering with the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI), the EPA considered the values as identified under the EP Act. The EPA report was informed by extensive consultation and engagement from stakeholders and the Exmouth community, including the Nganhurra Thanardi Garrbu Aboriginal Corporation, the prescribed body corporate for Exmouth Gulf Traditional Owners.
For the purpose of this strategic advice, the EPA characterised the spatial extent of Exmouth Gulf as the entire portion of State coastal waters located between the North West Cape peninsula, the Muiron Islands, and mainland WA, and the adjacent land from Cape Vlamingh to Urala Station.
The EPA has submitted recommendations and advice to the Minister for the Environment around the following three themes:
- Protecting the environmental, social and cultural values of Exmouth Gulf and its surrounds
- EPA expectations for assessing future compatibility of activities and developments in Exmouth Gulf and its surrounds
- Integrating management of the land and sea environment of Exmouth Gulf
The EPA recommends:
- A very high level of protection for the eastern and southern portion of Exmouth Gulf and adjacent hinterland areas;
- Any future activities and development must be compatible with the protection of the key values;
- An integrated management approach is required to ensure the conservation and enhancement of the key values of Exmouth Gulf.
The EPA has now completed its cumulative impact study into the current and proposed pressures on the Exmouth Gulf and delivered its advice to the Minister for Environment.
Read the EPA report here.
|Exmouth Gulf – Section 16e Strategic Advice||19mb|
|Appendix C – WAMSI Report||13mb|
|Appendix E – Summary of Submissions||617kb|
|Appendix F – Exmouth Community Meeting Summary||198kb|
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