As a part of the approvals phase of the Victorian Murray Floodplain Restoration Project we are required to refer applications for planning approval under the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) and Environmental Effect Act (EE).
Referrals for all nine VPMFP projects have now been submitted to the Victorian Government and the Commonwealth Government and can be viewed online using the weblinks below.
These referrals outline key details of the projects, as well as how any environmental impacts will be managed while achieving significant ecological benefits.
From here, the relevant Ministers will determine the required approvals pathway in the development stages of the projects. This will tell us the formal consultation pathway we need to take over the next one or two years. Once these requirements are known, a timeline will be released for each site. This will likely be towards the end of 2020.
Victorian State Environmental Effects Act
Victorian EE referrals provide an assessment of proposed works which are capable of having a significant effect on the environment.
The Victorian EE referrals can be viewed on: https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/environment-assessment/referrals-and-decisions (Note that the applications when listed show Lower Murray Urban and Rural Water Corporation as the Proponent)
Commonwealth Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act
Commonwealth EPBC referrals provide an assessment of proposed actions that has, will have or is likely to have a significant impact on any matters of national environmental significance.
The Commonwealth EPBC referrals can be viewed on: http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/publicnoticesreferrals/ (Note that the applications when listed show Lower Murray Urban and Rural Water Corporation as the Proponent)
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