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367

Proposed secondary treatment plant Picton Bunbury, Ravensthorpe

Status: Final
Proponent: Ravensthorpe Mining and Investment Co Ltd
Release Date: 1 November 1985
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314

Hedges Gold Project

Summary: This is the EPA's report and recommendations to the Minister for Environment on the proposal by Alcoa of Australia to establish a gold mining operation of up to 2 million tonnes per annum with a project life of 4-5 years. The mine is proposed to be located in State Forest, with processing and waste disposal facilities located on private land. The mine would be adjacent to the currently operating Boddington Gold Mines, and would mine the same ore body.
Status: Final
Proponent: Alcoa of Australia
Release Date: 31 January 1987
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298

Alfred Cove - a wildlife habitat

Summary: Prepared by S Keeling, Manvers Pty Ltd at the request of the Environmental Protection Authority.
Status: Final
Release Date: 30 April 1987
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287

Committee on exploration and mining in national parks and nature reserves

Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has made an assessment of the Report of the Committee on Exploration and Mining in National Parks and Nature Reserves.
Status: Final
Release Date: 31 December 1986
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282

The Effects of Gauging Station Control Structures on Native Fish Migration in Freshwater streams of South West Australia

Summary: This report reviews the available information on this matter and identifies research required to determine the possible effects of gauging structures on the movement of migratory freshwater fish.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 May 1987
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281

Westport project

Summary: This is the EPA's report and recommendations to the Minister for Environment on the proposal by Delta Holdings Pty Ltd to transform 262 ha of land into a major residential development focussed on an artificial waterbody. The project area partly fronts Warnbro Sound, seven kilometres south of Rockingham.
Status: Final
Proponent: Delta Holdings Pty Ltd
Release Date: 1 May 1987
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278

EPA statement on the evaluation of the risks and hazards of industrial developments on residential areas in Western Australia

Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has required environmental impact assessment for a number of new industrial projects recently and more may be submitted in the near future. In addition to conventional environmental issues, many of these industries have risk and hazard factors associated with them. The Authority believes that the quantitative assessment of risk to the community is an important part of the evaluation of such proposals. Historical records show that industrial accidents occur, and that technical; safeguards have their limitations. However, with proper planning, review and control during the plant design, commissioning and operational stages these risks and hazards can, in most cases, be minimised, managed and made acceptable in the sense that they can be reduced to a level that the community is prepared to tolerate.
Status: Final
Proponent: Industries
Release Date: 14 November 1986
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276

Legislative control of hazardous substances in Western Australia

Summary: A report by the Western Australian Advisory Committee on Chemicals.
Status: Final
Release Date: 28 February 1987
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275

Proposed cloride process titanium dioxide plant at Australind

Status: Final
Proponent: SCM Chemicals Ltd
Release Date: 1 May 1987
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274

Proposed sodium cyanide plant

Summary: This is the EPA's report to the Minister for Environment on the proposal by CSBP and Farmers Ltd, Coogee Chemicals Pty Ltd and the Australian Industrial Development Corporation (the project partners) to construct and operate a 15 000 tonnes per annum sodIum cyanide plant at Kwinana, and transport the sodium cyanide as a 30% solution by road to gold mines in the State.
Status: Final
Proponent: CSBP and FArmers Ltd, Coogee Chemicals Pty Ltd and Australian Industry Development Corporation
Release Date: 30 April 1987
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273

Gnangara Mound Groundwater Resources - Report of Advisory Group to the EPA

Status: Final
Release Date: 1 March 1987
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272

Harris River dam project

Summary: This is the EPA's report and recommendations to the Minister for Environment on the Water Authority's proposal to construct a dam on the Harris River.
Status: Final
Proponent: Water Authority of Western Australia
Release Date: 31 March 1987
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271

Final report of the Stored Chemicals Sub-Committee to the Community Consultative Committee on Chemicals

Summary: The final report of the Stored Chemicals Sub-Committee was first published as a public discussion paper in August 1985. This provided an opportunity for government, industry, trade unions and other community organisations to comment upon the recommendations made for legislation to control the storage of chemicals.

The draft report was revised to reflect comments made in the public submissions, and it is presented here in its final form.
Status: Final
Release Date: 28 February 1986
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270

A State Conservation Strategy for Western Australia

Summary: After many months of widely ranging discussions, particularly within a broadly representative Consultative Committee drawn from 29 organisations in industry, conservation bodies and government agencies, this State Conservation Strategy for Western Australia has been agreed as a consensus statement.
Status: Final
Release Date: 31 January 1987
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269

Agricultural land release proposals - Shire of Manjimup

Summary: The Working Group on Land Release reported to the Environmental Protection Authority on the acceptability of release of the land in the Shire of Manjimup for agricultural release. This report provides the recommendations of the EPA.
Status: Final
Release Date: 31 December 1986
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268

Sheepskin tannery - Albany

Summary: This assessment report addresses the environmental implications of the ·development of a tannery on Plantagenet Location 5772. Some of these, such as those related to liquid and solid waste disposal and
Status: Final
Proponent: Great Southern Tanned Products Pty Ltd
Release Date: 30 November 1986
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267

Pelican Point Country Club and Resort, Bunbury

Summary: The Environmental protection Authority and Leschenault Inlet Management Authority have carried out a joint assessment of the Pelican Point proposal. The Authorities consider that in general the proposal is not inconsistent with the Leschenault Inlet Management Programme for Vittoria Bay and Pelican point.
Status: Final
Proponent: Ausean International Pty Ltd and Fitic International Pty Ltd
Release Date: 31 October 1986
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265

A baseline biological monitoring programme for the urban wetlands of the Swan Coastal Plain, Western Australia

Summary: The work reported here was undertaken in conjunction with the Perth Urban Water Balance Study.
Status: Final
Release Date: 27 March 1987
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264

Marine communities of the Cape Peron, Shoalwater Bay and Warnbro Sound Region WA

Summary: This report discusses a survey of marine communities of the Cape Peron (Point Peron), Shoalwater Bay and Warnbro Sound region conducted in November 1985.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 July 1986
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263

Herdsman Lake - South East Sector proposals

Summary: This is the EPA's report and recommendations relating to the State Planning Commission's Notice of Intent for the extension of the moat in the south eastern sector of Herdsman Lake and for the creation of a filled passive recreation areas adjacent to the moat.
Status: Final
Proponent: State Planning Commission
Release Date: 1 June 1986
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262

The Pink Lake hydrological study group report

Summary: Pink Lake is a highly saline lake four kilometres west of Esperance. The hydrological study of Pink Lake has produced results from which its future use can be planned for the next ten years.
Status: Final
Proponent: Department of Conservation and Environment
Release Date: 1 May 1986
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261

Bungle Bungle Working Group

Summary: This work represents the Bungle Bungle Working Group's final report to the Environment Protection Authority. It follows the release, in October 1984, of the Working Group's "Draft Report to the Environmental Protection Authority" for a period of public comment.

The draft report attracted a total of 49 submissions from individuals, various groups and organisations, private industry and State and Commonwealth Government Departments.

The comments made in the submissions were compiled and collated by the Department of Conservation and Environment. This information was considered by the Working Group and formed the basis for its review of the draft report, which led to the preparation of this revised report, the Working Group's final report to the EPA.

This final report has been endorsed by the Environmental Protection Authority and was forwarded to the Hon. Minister for the Environment, in October 1985 for consideration by Government.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 April 1986
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260

Review of public submissions on the Bungle Bungle Working Group

Summary: This bulletin presents a review of the submissions received following the release for public comment of the Bungle Bungle Working Group - Draft Report to the Environment Protection Authority, in October 1984.
Status: Final
Proponent: Department of Conservation and Environment
Release Date: 1 May 1986
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259

Fremantle Oil Spill Enquiry

Summary: The Fremantle Oil Spill Inquiry was established by the Environmental Protection Authority to report on the oil spill that occurred on Sunday, 27 July 1986. Fracture of an oil pipeline weld resulted in oil flowing into Fremantle stormwater drains and then into the fishing Boat Harbour. Some of the oil escaped into Cockburn Sound and eventually accumulated on Garden Island. Approximately 50 tonnes of oil were spilt with all but some 8 tonnes being recovered from the roads, stormwater drains and Fishing Boat Harbour. This is the report and recommendations resulting from the inquiry.
Status: Final
Proponent: Department of Conservation and Environment
Release Date: 1 September 1986
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258

Draft coastal management plan, Town of Cottesloe

Summary: Cottesloe Council approached the Department of Conservation and Environment seeking assistance in the preparation of a management plan. This plan reassures development and management needs and provides the information required to prepare an application for a grant under the Commonwealth America's Cup funding arrangements. It makes recommendations about the rationalisation of the use of the Cottesloe foreshore, improving parking and beach access. upgrading of toilets and other public facilities, protecting sensitive areas of sand dune vegetation from pedestrian traffic, and landscaping and improvement of amenity.

The area of this study is bounded to the north by the administrative boundary with the City of Nedlands, to the south by the administrative boundary with the Town of Mosman Park. and to the east by Broome Street and Curtin Avenue. The western boundary is the low water mark.
Status: Final
Proponent: Town of Cottesloe
Release Date: 1 May 1986
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257

Proposed LPG extraction plant, Wesfarmers Kleenheat Gas Pty Ltd

Summary: This Assessment Report comprises two parts. The first assesses the environmental impact of the proposed LPG extraction plant itself.

The second part considers the general issue of the management of environmental impact in the Kwinana Industrial Area. This part is intended to provide guidelines and onjectives for the reduction of the environmental impact of existing industry, and to indicate how environmental regulation should adjust with the extra industries proposed for the area.
Status: Final
Proponent: Wesfarmers Kleenheat Gas Pty Ltd
Release Date: 1 April 1986
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256

Seminar on the proposed M10 Marine Park: Proceedings of the seminar held at the Marmion Angling and Aquatic Club

Summary: On 10 December 1985, the Honourable Premier of Western Australia, Brian Burke, announced that declaration of the Marmion Marine Park would proceed. At the time of the seminar, 12 June 1985, no decision on this had been made by Government, and throughout these proceedings it is referred to as the proposed MID marine park.

The intention of the System 6 study team (Department of Conservation and Environment, 1981) and subsequently the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA, 1983) was that recreational activities should be allowed, albeit controlled, in the MI0 area.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 March 1986
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255

Assessment Report on the Trigg Parkland and the proposed West Coast Highway Marmion Ave Road Link

Summary:

In 1976 the EPA made a recommendation on a report by Scott and Furphy on the West Coast Highway route, namely

"that attention be given to upgrading to a four-lane highway status the West Coast Highway north of City Beach with a view to it joining Marmion Avenue at Karrinyup Road and doing so with a minimum of inconvenience to the residents and to the school on the eastern side of the regional open space south of Karrinyup Road but also with minimum ecological severance and bisection of that regional open space. In other words the West Coast Highway should join Marmion Avenue at Karrinyup Road as close to the eastern boundary of the regional open space reserve as engineering constraints permit."

This decision to agree in principle with a link between Marmion Avenue and West Coast Highway through the Trigg Dune area set the stage for all future considerations.

In 1984 the EPA considered this route in detail and it was decided that to achieve the objectives of

  • minimising inconvenience to residents and the school on the eastern side of the area;
  • minimising ecological severance and bisection of the regional open space;

the route shonld be shifted west to its present position. The EPA notes that in the process of including this road within the MRS there was extensive public input and participation including both written and verbal submissions to the MRPA and the amendment being laid before both houses of Parliament.

The EPA is satisfied that the public have had opportunity to comment upon the philosophy and detail of the proposed road link.


Status: Final
Release Date: 19 March 1986
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254

Rockingham marina - John Holland Group

Summary: This is the EPA's report and recommendations on the proposal by John Holland Group to develop a 330 berth marina immediately east of the Garden Island Causeway adjacent to the low-level causeway bridge.
Status: Final
Proponent: John Holland Group
Release Date: 14 March 1986
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253

Tide and seawater temperature data from the Ningaloo Reef tract, Western Australia, and the implications for coral mass spawning

Summary:

The recent discovery of mass spawning of scleractinian corals in the Dampier Archipelago during autumn, in contrast to the spring mass spawnings observed on the Great Barrier Reef since 1981, has led to renewed speculation about the factors determining the timing of this phenomenon.

Sea temperatures, seasonal changes in wind and water current patterns, tidal rhythms and diel light cycles have been suggested as possible environmental cues for spawning synchrony. Variations in the timing of coral mass spawning at different geographical locations may help identify these factors, since any variation in the calendar date of mass spawning can be correlated wtlh exogenous events.

This paper presents and discusses hydrographic data recorded on the Ningaloo Reef tract during 1985. Data on tide, seawater temperature and seabed irradiance were collected on an opportunistic basis, at different locations and times, to facilitate the prediction of the timing of mass spawning of scleractinian corals in the area.


Status: Final
Release Date: 8 March 1986
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252

Coastal management plan, Shire of Broome: Final Report

Summary: This plan has been prepared to describe and assist in the protection of the coastal environment around Brrome, coordinate those developments which occur in or influence the coastal zone, and provide a framework in which to prepare policies for the coastline.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 January 1987
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251

Towards a State Conservation Strategy: Invited Review Papers

Summary:

Preface

As part of the process of preparing a definitive State Conservation Strategy for Western Australia, a wide range of aspects concerning our environment, natural resource usage and society's impacts are being considered. Some of these facets have been reviewed adequately in recent years to enable highlights to be summarised. For other aspects, there was little up-to-date information readily available in a form directly pertinent to local problems and needs.

In order to widen the baseline of local data upon which to draw, a number of people were approached and invited to prepare review papers on selected topics. While in the initial contact I discussed with each person the broad scope that might be covered, the content of each paper is the responsibility of the author. Each was encouraged to present his or her own viewpoint; some may have been temperedin varying degrees by their official positions.

I am grateful to each for their willingness to find time to contribute data and concepts upon which we can draw in shaping a State Conservation Strategy.

R.G. Chittleborough, Coordinator


Status: Final
Release Date: 31 May 1986
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251

Towards a State Conservation Strategy: Invited Review Papers

Status: Final
Release Date: 1 May 1986
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250

Draft Coastal Management Plan Cape Keraudren

Status: Final
Release Date: 31 January 1986
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249

Rapid multi-element analysis of oysters and cockle tissue using x-ray fluorescence spectrometry, with application to marine pollution investigations

Summary: A total of 42 elements has been analysed by the X-ray fluorescence spectrometry (XRF) method in oyster and cockle tissue. Apart from a limitation in detection of Hg in the investigated samples, this study shows that for most elements, the lower limits of detection for the XRF method are below elemental concentrations in these two bivalves from moderately polluted areas. Hence, XRF has potential to be employed for broad ranging marine pollution elemental monitoring studies using oyster and cockle tissue.
Status: Final
Release Date: 28 February 1986
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248

Burswood Island Resort groundwater investigations

Summary:

Burswood Island has a history of change, largely as a result of dredging and filling activities. Most change has been on the southern portion of the Island where the Burswood Island Resort is being constructed.

Much of the Resort area was part of the shallows of the Swan River until the 1950s, but was subsequently filled by dredge spoil and by industrial, construction and domestic refuse. It was the potential for pollution of the river from this refuse which the Authority required to be investigated as a component of the Burswood Island Resort development.

When the Government approved the development in February 1985, the Authority sought the preparation of a Public Environmental Report (PER) by the proponent, Burswood Management Limited. The Authority's principal objective was to ensure that there would be no adverse environmental impact on the Swan River from construction and to ensure that appropriate commitments were given to monitor for and to manage environmental impacts.

A Public Environmental Report was released to the public for a period of eight weeks, closing on 13 December 1985.


Status: Final
Proponent: Burswood Management Limited
Release Date: 31 January 1986
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247

Draft Coastal Management Plan, Cervantes area

Summary: The coastal town of Cervantes is situated in the Shire of Dandaragan, 237 km north of Perth. The closest major settlement is Jurien, which is 25 km north. The coastal management plan will deal with the townsite of Cervantes (including Lake Thetis). The management areas are delineated in order to give more specific recommendations for each area. The management units correspond to areas of progradation or erosion.
Status: Final
Release Date: 28 February 1987
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245

Marmion Marine Park

Summary: The EPA's report to Government on the Marmion Marine Park comprised a letter to the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Ron Davies. The EPA recommended that Government announce that this marine park proceed and be managed for sustainable multipurpose use. This recommendation was widely supported by user-groups contacted during formulation of the draft management plan, and by public submissions.
Status: Final
Release Date: 18 December 1985
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244

Mass spawning of scleractinian corals in the Dampier Archipelago and the implications for management of coral reefs in Western Australia

Summary: This bulletin contains the first recorded observations of mass spawning of scleractinian corals in the Indian Ocean. Implications for management of coral reefs in the Dampier Archipelago, and elsewhere in Western Australia, are outlined.
Status: Final
Release Date: 31 December 1985
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243

Peel-Inlet and Harvey Estuary Management Strategy

Status: Final
Proponent: Dept of C& E
Release Date: 1 December 1985
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242

The Peel-Harvey estuarine system: Proposals for management. Report 14 Appendix 2: The response of the biota to the proposed management measures

Summary:

The Peel-Harvey Estuarine System Study (1976-80) identified the cause of the macroalgal problem of Peel Inlet and the more recent blue-green algal problem of Harvey Estuary as an abundance of nutrients, especially phosphorus, entering the system from agricultural drainage (Department of Conservation and Environment Report No.9, 1980). Subsequent research aimed at finding appropriate measures to overcome the algal problem resulted in the proposal of a preferred management strategy consisting of 3 measures (Department of Conservation and Environment Bulletin No.l70, 1984):

i) Continuation and possible expansion of the present programme of harvesting and removal of accumulating weed;

ii) Modifying present fertilizer practices on the coastal plain to reduce phosphorus levels in agricultural drainage;

iii) Construction of a new channel (Dawesville Channel) to increase flushing of water from Harvey Estuary.


Status: Final
Release Date: 1 January 1986
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241

The Peel-Harvey estuarine system: Proposals for management. Report 14 Appendix 1: The background to management

Summary: This document supplements Report 14 and amplifies certain aspects of it. As its title implies, its purpose is to give a fuller understanding of the causes and nature of the eutrophication of the Peel-Harvey estuarine system, as evidenced by the excessive growth of algae in its waters. It is intended to fill in some of the areas that are treated somewhat superficially in the Report which aimed at a much wider audience than this more detailed statement.
Status: Final
Release Date: 1 January 1986
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240

Proposed cyclepath on the Swan River Foreshore (Milne Street, Bayswater to Mitchell St, Mt Lawley)

Summary:

The Environmental Protection Authority has assessed the proposal by the Department of Local Government (as co-ordinator of Metropolitan Cycleways) to construct a cyclepath predominantly on the river foreshore from Milne Street Bayswnter (just upstream from the Garratt Road bridge) to Mitchell Street, Mount Lawley. The proposal envisaged using the access track being constructed for building the SECWA's Caversham - East Perth gas pipeline lateral as a base.

The EPA has concluded that subject to the environmental management provisions in the Public Environmental Report prepared for the project and its recommendations in this report, the section of the proposed cyclepath from Milne Street, Bayswater to Bardon Park, Maylands is acceptable environmentally.

However the Authority on the evidence made available to it, does not consider that a surface cyclepath from the section Bardon Park, Maylands to Mitchell Street, Mount Lawley is a viable option at this time because agreement has not been reached with a private property owner affected and because the proposal as presented (and variations put forward on it) has not demonstrated that potential environmental impacts are manageable in a manner acceptable to the Authority.

The EPA considers that there are two viable options for linking this section of cyclepath: either via road reserves or by an elevated structure across the wetland concerned. It is considered likely that the cost of the latter option could preclude its implementation.


Status: Final
Proponent: Department of Local Government
Release Date: 1 November 1985
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238

Synthetic Rutile Plant at Narngulu WA

Summary: AMC Mineral Sands Ltd, the mineral sands division of Renison Goldfields Consolidated Limited, proposes to expand its synthetic rutile plant on the Narngulu Industrial Estate located 11 km south-east of Geraldton (Figure 1). After expansion, the synthetic rutile plant will occupy some 47 hectares of the 465 hectare Estate (Figure 2). The expansion will increase synthetic rutile production from 112,500 to 260,000 tonnes per annum. This expansion arises from an increased demand for the synthetic rutile product.
Status: Final
Proponent: AMC Mineral Sands Ltd
Release Date: 1 December 1985
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237

Draft Coastal Management Plan: Shire of Coorow

Summary:

The main purpose of this report is to contribute towards the long term management of the Western Australian coastline as well as fulfil the Shire of Coorow's objectives for a more co-ordinated and comprehensive approach to coastal management along its shoreline. The report describes the physical and human environment of the area which is full of opportunities which lie within a complex and fragile environment.

Certain management issues emerge such as squatter settlements, excessive tracking, damage of dune vegetation by off-road vehicles and inappropriate siting of developments. These management issues as well as others are exacerbating existing coastal management problems such as dune erosion and loss of coastal vegetation.

Recommendations were suggested for each management issue. The majority of the recommendations deal with controlling access and development. The report also suggests methods of avoiding dune instability or restoring the dune system to a stable state. This can be achieved by formalising access, closing of tracks, carrying out dune restoration programmes and preventing development in the coastal buffer zone. All the management issues come to one conclusion which is if one wants to "develop" the coastline to its full potential it will be necessary to conserve and preserve the coastal environment.

Lastly the report deals with the implementation of the management recommendations. Implementation involves accessibility to funds and expertise as well as an appreciation of the responsibilities and functions of each government department.


Status: Final
Release Date: 1 March 1986
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236

Proposed rare earth processing plant

Summary:

Allied Eneabba in conjunction with Asahi Chemical Industry Co Ltd is currently assessing the feasibility of treating monazite and xenotime to produce a variety of rare earth products.

The Company has proposed a treatment plant for its Narngulu property with disposal of the low level radioactive waste from the project either at its Eneabba Mine Site or at Narngulu.

The major environmental issues include considerations of thorium residue disposal, evaporation pond management and radiation safety. The good groundwater, and difficulty in modelling groundwater movement at Eneabba and generally poor groundwater at Narngulu were major factors determining the outcome of the environmental impact assessment.

As there is some uncertainty as to the final ownership of the monazite processing plant, the Authority stresses that its conclusions and recommendations should apply, no matter what the ownership might be, assuming that the environmental management commitments remain valid.

It is concluded that the project would be environmentally acceptable and construction could commence prior to finalising residue disposal and evaporation pond details if the Company abides by its environmental management commitments as described in the ERMP/draft EIS and Supplement, and if the recommendations in this report are followed.


Status: Final
Proponent: Allied Eneabba Ltd
Release Date: 1 November 1985
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234

Pesticides - What you should Know

Status: Final
Release Date: 1 December 1985
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230

Proposed refuse disposal facility at Mindarie

Summary: The Environmental Protection Authority has concluded an assessment of the proposed refuse disposal facility on 22 hectares of Lot 17, Mindarie. The proposed life-time of the facility is approximately 20 years. This report is presented to provide an environmental input to the decision-making process.
Status: Final
Proponent: City of Perth, City of Stirling and City of Wanneroo
Release Date: 1 November 1985
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227

Draft guidelines for wetland conservation in the Perth metropolitan area

Summary:

In 1977 the Department of Conservation and Environment published Guidelines for the Protection and Management of Wetlands which set out general principles for wetland conservation derived from a broad review of the extensive literature on the subject. A revised edition was published in 1980. The objectives of these publications were to inform the public on factors which cause wetland degradation and to provide guidelines for planners, local authorities and land owners about desirable approaches to land use if surviving wetlands were to be conserved. These publications were widely circulated.

The Environmental Protection Authority now sees a need to produce Guidelines which apply specifically to the environment of the Perth region and which will inform government agencies, local authorities, developers, land owners and the community of the EPA's approach to developments and land uses which impinge on wetlands and the water supply of wetlands.

Key objectives of the Guidelines are:

  • to assist in identifying the valuable attributes and ecological functions of the wetlands of the Perth metropolitan region; and
  • to provide direction as to the management priorities necessary to protect the conservation values and ecological functions of the wetlands, and to enhance the human environment.

Comments on these draft Guidelines are invited from all interested persons and organisations.


Status: Final
Release Date: 31 December 1986
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199

Draft Coastal Management Plan, Shire of Denmark

Summary:

In 1976, the Environmental Protection Authority published its 'Red Book', 'Conservation Reserves for Western Australia, Systems 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5', containing recommendations about the future control and management of certain land on the south coast of Western Australia. It recommended that working groups consisting of representatives of local government authorities, State Government departments and the community be convened to assist in this respect. Management was emphasised following the 1981 amendment to the Land Act which implied that a management plan would be requested by the Minister for Lands for areas vested with a local government authority.

Furthermore, the 1977 EPA 'Guidelines for an Environmental Protection Policy on the Coastal Zone of Western Australia' (EPA 1977a) recognised the role of local authorities as front-line managers of the coast.

The Denmark Shire Council believes that it should address these concerns, initially for the coastline within its boundaries. The Department of Conservation and Environment was requested to coordinate preparation of a coastal management plan.

The Denmark Shire Council supports further consideration of its coast within a broader regional context, following acceptance of this plan by the community and State Government.


Status: Final
Release Date: 31 January 1987
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Environmental and health performance of waste to energy technologies

Summary:

Advice of the Environmental Protection Authority to the Minister for Environment under Section 16(e) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986

On 16 November 2011, the Minister for Environment wrote to the Chairman of the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) and the Chairman of the Waste Authority, requesting that the two Authorities investigate the environmental and health performance of waste to energy technologies internationally.

This request sought information on:

  • legislation for the establishment and operation of waste to energy facilities, focussed on emissions, in jurisdictions where these facilities currently exist;
  • current emissions from established and operating best practice facilities; and
  • current and historical level of compliance of these facilities.

The Minister requested that the information gathered be from full-scale, commercial plants that process municipal solid waste (MSW) and from a variety of technology types.

To assist with this investigation, WSP Environment and Energy Ltd were engaged to undertake a technical review of waste to energy plants around the world. These technical reports are attached. The reports provide detailed information to address the issues identified by the Minister for Environment. This advice from the EPA and Waste Authority draws on the technical advice to make recommendations that are relevant to the Western Australian situation.

Appendices:

Summary Report – Waste to Energy - A review of legislative and regulatory frameworks, state of the art technologies and research on health and environmental impacts. (pdf 3.93 Mb)

WSP Waste to Energy Technical Report Stage One (pdf 1.16 Mb)

WSP Waste to Energy Technical Report Stage Two (pdf 5.83 Mb)

WSP Waste to Energy Technical Report Stage Three (pdf 581 kb)


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