ENVIRONMENT EFFECTS STATEMENT
About the EES
The Minister for Planning has determined that the project requires preparation of an Environment Effects Statement (EES) under the Environment Effects Act 1978.
An EES is required for projects likely to have a significant impact on social, economic or environmental values. The EES provides information on the project including description of the project, assessment of relevant alternatives, description of the potential environmental impacts and discussion of management measures to mitigate these impacts.
The EES process
The EES process involves six major steps:
- Scoping Requirements
- Technical Studies
- Impact Assessment
- EES Report
- Public Review
- Minister’s Decision
The EES process includes opportunities for public comment on the draft Scoping Requirements and the final EES Report and is expected be completed in the first quarter of 2019. Public exhibition of the EES is likely to occur between April and June 2019.
The Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s website contains updates on the progress of the EES for the Fingerboards Mineral Sands project.