Ocean Reef Marina
Environmental Assessment Referral
In May 2014 the City referred the marine-based components of the Ocean Reef Marina development to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for environmental assessment under the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). The referral aligns with the Western Australian Planning Commission's (WAPC) referral of the land-based components to the EPA as part of the initiation of a Metropolitan Regional Scheme (MRS) amendment to enable the development.
The City’s referral, under section 38 of the EP Act, was supported by detailed environmental studies and represents a significant milestone in the project’s history.
To assist the EPA in deciding the level of assessment for the marine-based components, the community had the opportunity to comment on the City's referral for a period of seven days through the EPA's consultation hub.
In June 2014, the EPA made the following determinations on the Ocean Reef Marina referrals:
- Section 38 referral - marine based components: Public Environmental Review (PER). The EPA explained that the proposal is a large scale expansion of an existing facility with potentially significant impacts that are of public interest on a regional scale. The next step in the process is the preparation of an Environmental Scoping Document by the EPA which will guide the PER process and preparation of the relevant documentation. Once finalised, the PER will be released for public comment for a period of eight weeks following which the City will have the opportunity to respond to any submissions.
- Section 48A referral - land based components (via the MRS Amendment initiation): Scheme Amendment Not Assessed - Advice Given. The EPA noted that management of the environmental factors would be provided under existing Scheme provisions and planning controls and that a negotiated planning outcome would be agreed.
In addition to the public comment period during the PER, the community will have the opportunity to comment during the public advertising period for the proposed MRS Amendment.
The concurrent review of both the environmental components and the MRS Amendment will allow for consideration of the social, economic and environmental factors via a holistic planning and environmental assessment.
The environmental and planning assessment processes are consistent with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that the City signed with the State Government in 2012 which acknowledges the importance of the Ocean Reef Marina project.
The City will continue to liaise closely with the relevant government departments and agencies throughout the environmental assessment and MRS Amendment processes and progress the development of the Local Structure Plan for the Ocean Reef Marina.
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For further information contact the City on 9400 4349 or via email.