In August 2020 the 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.
The EPA is now conducting a cumulative impact study into the current and proposed pressures on the Exmouth Gulf. The EPA will consider the values (environmental, social and cultural) as identified under the EP Act.
The EPA has partnered with the Western Australian Marine Science Institution (WAMSI) to help deliver its strategic advice.
The study involves engagement with stakeholders and the local community and will take into account a number of new and existing potentially significant proposals in and around the Exmouth Gulf. It is scheduled for completion by mid 2021.
Read the January 2021 Fact Sheet here.
Exmouth Gulf Community Meeting March 22
The EPA hosted more than 50 people at two community meeting sessions in Exmouth in March and was impressed with the informed, thoughtful and insightful information provided by locals and stakeholders.
A summary of this feedback has been compiled and published. The full summary can be found here. The summary represents the views of the community and will help inform the EPAs strategic advice to the Minister.
The EPA has used its best endeavours represent the community contributions; however, the information provided across both sessions has been amalgamated and edited for clarity. It is clear from this feedback the Exmouth Gulf is highly valued by those who live and work in the area and the concerns of locals were noted, along with future opportunities for the Gulf.
The EPA would like to sincerely thank everyone who took part in the meetings or submitted a feedback form for their time and contribution
Public consultation - October 2020
The EPA received 316 submissions during the three-week public consult period in October 2020.
There was a large amount of detail and information provided in the submissions – many of which were from the local Exmouth community. Read the Summary of Submissions report here. Visit the Submissions Library here.
How does the termination of the Subsea 7 proposal impact the EPA’s strategic advice?
The termination of the Subsea 7 proposal has no impact on the EPA’s strategic advice process.
Will the EPA’s strategic advice provide an assessment or advice on the Gascoyne Gateway proposal?
No. The strategic advice, under section 16e of the Environmental Protection Act 1986, is intended to provide the Western Australian Government with an improved understanding of the context against which the impacts of new proposals can be assessed.
Has the EPA ever provided government with advice under s.16(e) before?
Yes, most recently in 2017. In June 2016, the then Minister for Environment requested the EPA provide advice on the size of a land use planning buffer relating to health and amenity impacts of dust, now and into the future, in respect of potential urban development in the Mandogalup area. The request stemmed from the previous Government’s consideration of establishing legislation to control new sensitive land uses in the vicinity of the Kwinana industrial area.