Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 provides that a function of the Environmental Protection Authority is to advise the Minister for Environment on environmental matters generally, and on any matter which the Minister may refer to it for advice.
The EPA has published many reports outlining its strategic advice on a wide range of issues.
Date published: March 15, 2020
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 Institute (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 the end of June 2021.
Read the January 2021 Fact Sheet here.
The EPA received 316 submissions during the three-week public consult period in October 2020.
Overall, the EPA was impressed with the 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.
What were the key values raised in the submissions?
Many submissions highlighted the biodiversity of Exmouth Gulf and its connectivity with the Ningaloo Reef system, along with recognising the marine fauna species and habitats as key values of the area. There were also a large number of submissions that indicated how highly valued the marine and land-based recreational activities are for the Exmouth Gulf. The value of Exmouth Gulf to the local economy, including tourism, industry, scientific research and commercial fishing was also raised.
What were the key pressures identified in the submissions?
Many submissions listed concerns about the impact to the seabed, coral reefs and mangroves from dredging or trawling activities, as well as the destruction or degradation of marine fauna habitat from pressures including vessel strikes and depletion of fish stocks. Economic pressures were also raised, including unmanaged and unsustainable tourism growth, oil and gas proposals, mineral extraction, marine infrastructure proposals and unregulated shipping through Exmouth Gulf. The EPA also received submissions from individuals who opposed industrialisation of Exmouth Gulf due to the presence of existing industry in the wider Pilbara and Gascoyne areas.
Purpose of the meeting
The EPA will facilitate a meeting for interested stakeholders and community members to inform its strategic advice on Exmouth Gulf.
Registration to attend this meeting has closed and successful attendees will be notified. Attendance will be subject to COVID-19 restrictions at the time.
The meeting will provide the EPA with an opportunity to listen to people’s information. As such, this is not an occasion for public debate, and is designed to facilitate a frank and safe environment for all stakeholders to share their information with the EPA.
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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.
Date published: August 2, 2017
In June 2016, the Minister for Environment requested the Environmental Protection Authority (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.
This report presents the EPA’s advice pursuant to section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. Further information related to this advice is set out in a separate supplementary report which outlines the technical material the EPA considered in forming this advice.
This advice principally focuses on the technical aspects of the generation of dust in the Mandogalup area and its potential for health and amenity impacts.
The key findings in the EPA’s advice include:
|Mandogalup area dust impacts - s16e advice (PDF, 956.26 KB)||956.26 KB|
|Supplementary information (PDF, 2.87 MB)||2.87 MB|
Date published: August 7, 2015
The Perth and Peel regions are expected to accommodate an additional 1.5 million people by 2050, bringing the area’s total population to more than 3.5 million.
Whether that population growth is reached sooner – or later – it is incumbent on the present generation to lay the foundations for that growth to occur without further compromising our environment, both for its intrinsic value and because of the value it has to the health and wellbeing of the community.
The Western Australian Planning Commission’s (WAPC) Perth and Peel @ 3.5 Million report and four draft planning frameworks for the Central, North-West, North-East and South Metropolitan Peel sub-regions, which were released in April 2015, outline a vision for future land uses and a more liveable, prosperous, connected, sustainable and collaborative community. These frameworks will be finalised, after the consultation period, as Subregional Structure Plans.
Concurrently, the Western Australian Government is engaged with the Commonwealth Government on a Strategic Assessment of the Perth and Peel regions. That assessment will consider the environmental implications of Perth and Peel’s future development on Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES).
The State is also assessing the environmental impact of future development on a suite of State environmental values, additional to the MNES.
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) will be providing strategic advice to the Minister for Environment on the draft planning frameworks and the broader implications for the environment that arise from a substantial increase in the population of the regions, noting the cumulative impacts to date.
This advice – the EPA’s interim strategic advice – is intended to influence the finalisation of the Sub-regional Structure Plans and the overarching Strategic Conservation Plan which will address both the Commonwealth and State environmental impact assessments.
|Download the Strategic Advice (PDF, 7.28 MB)||7.28 MB|
Date published: August 27, 2014
The Pilbara biogeographic region of Western Australia has a wealth of biodiversity and other environmental values, evidenced by its diverse range of terrestrial, aquatic and marine landscapes, numerous flora and fauna species and communities, nationally listed wetlands, and ecological features found only in the Pilbara.
The region is also one of Australia’s development hotspots, of substantial economic importance to both Western Australia and Australia. The region produced more than 27 per cent of Australia’s and 80 per cent of the State’s revenue from minerals and petroleum in 2012. Mining and infrastructure development has been rapid over the past decade, and the pace of development is forecast to continue.
Given the biodiversity values, economic importance, and rate of development in the region, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) believes it is timely to develop and implement strategies to ensure the important values of the region are protected. This advice identifies a range of opportunities to do this.
The key recommendation of this advice is that a whole-of-Government strategic plan for biodiversity conservation in the Pilbara be developed. The EPA believes that, through implementing this and other recommendations in this report, there is a pathway to sustainable development of the Pilbara and for the unique biodiversity and other environmental values of the region to be protected for the long-term.
Other recommendations in this advice relate to the importance of rehabilitation, knowledge sharing, and strategic implementation of offset funds to ensure landscape scale restoration and biodiversity protection.
Without intervention, the EPA is concerned that the increasing cumulative impacts of development and land use in the region will significantly impact on biodiversity and environmental values. We believe the strategies recommended in this advice are practical, timely, and will provide positive outcomes for the Pilbara region as a whole.
|Download the Strategic Advice (PDF, 3.13 MB)||3.13 MB|
Date published: July 1, 2013
The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) presents to the Minister for Environment its Strategic Advice on environmental and water assessments relating to mining and mining related activities in the Fortescue Marsh Area (the Advice), published as Report 1484. The EPA is providing the Advice to the Minister in accordance with section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
The EPA recognises the importance of mining activities in the Fortescue Marsh management area. There are extensive mineral deposits and mining activity in the area surrounding the Fortescue Marsh, and there are several new proposals identified for further development.
To ensure that the Advice represents agreed guidance, the EPA has extensively involved the Office of the Environmental Protection Authority, the Department of Water, the Department of Environment and Conservation, and the Department of State Development, during its development. The Advice provides consistent guidance for agencies and proponents to help streamline project assessment and approval processes to deliver positive environmental outcomes for the Fortescue Marsh. In addition, coordinated direction in the Fortescue Marsh management area will provide:
It is recognised that cultural, industry, tourism, recreational and pastoral values are important in the Fortescue Marsh management area. However, these values are beyond the scope of the Advice and will be addressed through other processes.
The content of the advice is not statutory in nature, but provides guidance and information to assist the Minister and other decision-making authorities so that decisions are complementary and coordinated.
The advice will be subject to periodic review by the Environmental Protection Authority.
|Download the Strategic Advice (PDF, 1.46 MB)||1.46 MB|
Date published: April 4, 2013
Advice of the Environmental Protection Authority to the Minister for Environment under Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (Report 1468)
On 16 November 2011, the Minister for Environment wrote to the Chair of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Chairman of the Waste Authority, requesting that the two Authorities investigate the environmental and health performance of waste to energy technologies internationally.
This request sought information on:
The Minister requested that the information gathered be from full-scale, commercial plants that process municipal solid waste (MSW) and from a variety of technology types.
To assist with this investigation, WSP Environment and Energy Ltd were engaged to undertake a technical review of waste to energy plants around the world. These technical reports are attached. The reports provide detailed information to address the issues identified by the Minister for Environment. This advice from the EPA and Waste Authority draws on the technical advice to make recommendations that are relevant to the Western Australian situation.
|Download the Strategic Advice (PDF, 1.24 MB)||1.24 MB|
|Summary Report – Waste to Energy - A review of legislative and regulatory frameworks, state of the art technologies and research (PDF, 3.94 MB)||3.94 MB|
|WSP Waste to Energy Technical Report Stage One (PDF, 1.16 MB)||1.16 MB|
|WSP Waste to Energy Technical Report Stage Two (PDF, 5.83 MB)||5.83 MB|
|WSP Waste to Energy Technical Report Stage Three (PDF, 581.77 KB)||581.77 KB|
Date published: May 17, 2010
This report, published as Report 1359, provides the Environmental Protection Authority's (EPA) advice to the Minister for Environment under section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 on the significant environmental values of the Dawesville to Binningup area. It applies the state of current knowledge and scientific data about these values to identify areas of conservation significance and areas that may have potential for development and land use compatible with the environmental values of the area.
|Download the Strategic Advice (Report 1359) (PDF, 1.14 MB)||1.14 MB|
|Appendix 5: Rock water Hydrology Study (PDF, 7.12 MB)||7.12 MB|
|Appendix 5: The Yalgorup Coast Report (PDF, 18.81 MB)||18.81 MB|
|Appendix 5: VCSRG-DEC Report Geology of SCP Dawesville to Binningup (PDF, 5.7 MB)||5.7 MB|
|Fauna Report: Binningup Bat Survey 2009 (PDF, 1.04 MB)||1.04 MB|
|Fauna Report: Herpetofauna of Dawesville-Binningup June 2009 (PDF, 810.91 KB)||810.91 KB|
|Fauna Report: Natural values vertebrate fauna of Dawesville-Binningup (PDF, 6.2 MB)||6.2 MB|
|Fauna Report: Non volant mammals of Dawesville-Binningup (PDF, 2.26 MB)||2.26 MB|
|Fauna Report: Birds of Dawesville-Binningup (PDF, 3.13 MB)||3.13 MB|
Date published: June 2, 2009
This document, EPA Report 1329, was developed as a result of advice requested in November 2004 by the Minister for the Environment from the EPA under Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
In 1975, the EPA recommended "that Lake Cronin and an adequate area around the lake should be made a Class 'A' reserve for the Conservation of Flora and Fauna, to be vested in the WA Wild Life Authority" (recommendation 11.10, EPA 1975).
Due to competing interests, only a small area consisting of 1,015 ha around the lake was gazetted as a formal Nature Reserve in 1980. Henry-Hall (1990) reviewed the values of the area and recommended that the values could best be protected by the establishment of a large reserve consisting of approximately 113,250 ha.
|Download the Strategic Advice (PDF, 2.16 MB)||2.16 MB|
Date published: December 19, 2008
Review of potential sites for a proposed multi-user liquefied natural gas processing precinct in the Kimberley region. Advice of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) to the Minister for Planning (as the Minister for Environment's delegate) under Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.
The purpose of this report, published as EPA Report 1306, is to provide the EPA's early environmental advice in relation to the Western Australian Government's site evaluation process for a multi-user liquefied natural gas (LNG) processing precinct to process gas resources from the Browse Basin. This advice has been requested by Government and is provided in accordance with Section 16(e) of the EP Act.Proponent: Minister for State Development
|Download the Strategic Advice (PDF, 2.13 MB)||2.13 MB|
Date published: March 25, 2008
This report, published as Bulletin 1282, provides the Environmental Protection Authority's advice to the Minister for the Environment under section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 on the project by the Western Australian Planning Commission to develop a structure plan for the Preston Industrial Park. The project covers 2,950 hectares and is approximately 4km east of Bunbury.
|Download the Strategic Advice (PDF, 3.93 MB)||3.93 MB|