After a rigorous environmental assessment, the next stages of the Ginninderry development will proceed to further approvals processes.
An Environment Impact Statement (EIS) exemption has been granted because Ginninderry’s application has sufficiently addressed the potential environmental impacts.
The project has also received environmental approval under the Commonwealth’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
The EIS exemption process has the same level of scrutiny as an EIS and the application was open for extended public consultation.
An EIS exemption is not an approval for development and can only be granted where the application addresses all potential environmental impacts. The application proposed suitable mitigation measures and conditions for future development will need to be followed.
Ginninderry has been able to demonstrate this by providing recent environmental studies, and proposing mitigation measures and conditions that reduce the environmental impact of the development. The application addressed the impact on species and ecological communities, native vegetation clearing, nature reserves, heritage and contaminated land.
I am pleased one of the main measures is the establishment of the West Belconnen conservation corridor along the Murrumbidgee River which will protect important environmental values.
The Ginninderry project will provide residential, community and commercial development in a number of stages over the next 40 years in new suburbs in the ACT and NSW to cater for a population of 30,000 residents.
The EIS exemption will allow the joint venture, between the ACT Government and Riverview Projects, to progress estate development plans and future development applications for the next stages of project. The exemption was granted in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2007.
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