Environmental Impact Assessment
In August 2000, the then Victorian Minister for Planning required under the Environment Effects Act 1978, the East Gippsland Shire to undertake an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) for its proposed development of an all-tide ocean access boat ramp and breakwater wall.
Click here to go to the Victoria Department of Sustainability and Environment (DES) website to learn more about Environment Assessment processes in Victoria.
The Federal Minister for the Environment declared that under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act (EPBC Act), the proposal was not a controlled action.
Click here to go to the Federal Department of the Environment and Heritage website to learn more about decisions made under the EPBS Act and the view the Minister’s decision regarding the proposed action at Bastion Point.
The EGSC obtained State and Federal funding to prepare the EES. They also sought a community contribution to the EES process of $30,000 to be raised by supporters of the development. This money was reportedly paid to the Council in July 2007. This was three years later than its promised date, and a Freedom of Information request to the Council found that there was no documentation to prove the payment was made.
The EES was finally completed & approved for exhibition mid 2007. Following the exhibition period, Council repeatedly delayed the Inquiry, stating that they were ‘reluctant proponents’. The Inquiry started in July 2008, and reported its findings to Planning Minister Justin Madden on 6 October 2008. Further details may be found in the Campaign Updates.