Updates

16/10/2020

The IAC has published the Version 3 Timetable. The following changes have been made:
  • Marine evidence from Ian Wallis and Scott Chidgey will now be heard over two days on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 October
  • Maritime and port operations from Captain Chris Noon, and lighting evidence from Mark Cook will now be heard on Thursday 22 October
  • Air Quality evidence from Graeme Ross and human health and ecotoxicology evidence from Roger Drew will now be heard on Tuesday 27 October

How to access the Hearing

The Hearing commences at 10.00am, Monday - Thursday using Zoom. Join the Hearing using the link and details below:

Crib Point IAC - Hearing Link

Meeting ID: 810 4993 0543
Passcode: 771844

To dial into the Hearing by phone, find your relevant location number, and access the Hearing using the meeting ID and passcode above.

Technical Assistance:

If you require technical assistance please contact the dedicated assistance phone line on 03 9078 9726 between 9.00am and 5.00pm.

For more information on Zoom view the Zoom user guide.

Overview

The joint Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) was appointed to consider the Environment Effects Statement (EES), draft Planning Scheme Amendments (PSA), and Works Approval Application (WAA) prepared for the project to advise the Minister for Planning. The IAC is also appointed as a Panel to consider and advise the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on the pipeline license application. The IAC comprises Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair), Jacquelle Gorski, Chris Harty and Trevor McCullough. See the IAC member biographies here.

The IAC will:

  • hear submitters in an independent forum through video conferencing
  • be relatively informal and not like a court
  • give fair, unbiased advice to the Minister for Planning about the EES and draft planning scheme amendment, the Environment Protection Authority about the works approval application, and the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change about the pipeline.

The Proposal

The proposal includes two components:

  • Gas Import Jetty Works comprising a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) at Crib Point Jetty, jetty infrastructure including marine loading arms and gas piping on the jetty, and the Crib Point Receiving Facility on land adjacent to the jetty.
  • Pipeline Works consisting of an underground gas transmission pipeline approximately 57 kilometres long to transport gas from the Crib Point Receiving Facility to the Victorian Transmission System east of Pakenham, and associated infrastructure such as the Pakenham Delivery Facility to monitor and regulate the gas, two above-ground mainline valves to enable isolation of the pipeline in an emergency and a facility to enable in-line inspections of the pipeline.

The project was on public exhibition between 2 July and 26 August 2020.

Submissions

The Terms of Reference require written submissions be published online. All submissions will be progressively published on the Engage Victoria website, unless a submitter has specifically requested it not be published.

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Tabled Documents

The documents tabled by parties before and during the hearing will be progressively published on the Engage Victoria website.

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Recordings

The audio recordings of the Hearing will be progressively published on the Engage Victoria website.

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Expert Evidence

Expert Evidence Statements will be progressively published on the Engage Victoria website as they are filed by parties.

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View the Project

You may inspect the EES, draft Planning Scheme Amendments, Works Approval Application, Pipeline Licence and any related documents free of charge on the joint AGL and APA Gas Import Jetty and Gas Pipeline Project webpage.

Inquiry and Committee Process

The IAC process includes a Directions Hearing and the Hearing.

The IAC has issued the following documents which can be viewed below:

  • Notification Letter, issued on Friday 4 September outlining the arrangements for the hearing process.
  • Request for Further Information, issued on Wednesday 16 September, outlining matters for response by the Proponent.
  • Preliminary Directions, issued on Friday, 18 September, outlining preliminary Directions for the hearing process
  • Directions and Timetable Version 1, issued on Wednesday 23 September, outlining Directions and Timetable before the Hearing commencing on 12 October
  • Timetable Version 2, Issued on Thursday 8 October, outlining the Timetable for the first seven weeks of the Hearing
  • Further Directions, Issued on Thursday 8 October, outlining expert witness instructions
  • Timetable Version 3, Issued on Friday 16 October, outlining to the Version 2 Timetable

Directions Hearing

The IAC convened a Directions Hearing on Thursday 17 September 2020 by videoconference.

Public Hearing

The Hearing allows for:

  • The Proponent to set out its case in full and provide evidence in support of the Project
  • Municipal Councils, agencies, community groups and submitters to speak to their submissions and call evidence if required.

The Hearing will commence at 10.00am on Monday 12 October 2020 and run for ten weeks. The Hearing is open to the public at all times, and anyone can view the proceedings.

The Proponent will provide an opening submission on Day 1, and Minister for Planning, Councils (Mornington Peninsula, Cardinia and Bass Coast), Environment Protection Authority Victoria, the Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation and two key community groups (Save Westernport and Environment Victoria) will provide a brief opening on Day 2. The Proponent will then commence its case in full on Day 3.

The parties and submitters will be scheduled in the following general order:

  • AGL and APA Group (the Proponents)
  • The Minister for Planning
  • Municipal Councils
  • Government departments and agencies
  • Municipal Councils
  • Bunurong Land Council Aboriginal Corporation
  • Industry/business groups
  • Key community groups (Environment Victoria and Save Westernport)
  • Other community groups
  • Individual submitters.

All submitters who have requested to be heard will be allocated a time to present to the IAC. The IAC will consider all written submissions when preparing its report, including those from sububmitters who do not wish to be heard.

What will attending and speaking at the Hearing be like?

There is a guide on what to expect when presenting at the Public Hearing. This can be found in the Document Library.

Expert witnesses and expert witness statements

An expert witness has specialised knowledge from training, study or experience and gives evidence in a field of expertise. An expert witness must prepare a report consistent with the Guide to Expert Evidence.


Privacy and Intellectual Property

Please note that your submission will be treated as a public document in accordance with the Privacy Collection Statement (which can be accessed through Document Library) which may include provisions to other parties and display in the Hearing. You should not include any other personal information in the submission, such as email and phone details, unless that information can be made publicly available. You can request access to your personal information held by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning by contacting the Freedom of Information Unit on (03) 9637 8186 or FOI.unit@delwp.vic.gov.au

Contact

For questions about the Inquiry and Advisory Committee process and making a submission please contact:

Name Planning Panels Victoria
Phone 136 186
Email cribpoint.IAC@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions about the Minister's Assessment and EES process, please contact:

Name Impact Assessment Unit, DELWP
Phone (03) 8392 5503
Email environment.assessment@delwp.vic.gov.au

For questions about the Crib Point AGL Gas Import Jetty Project, EES documentation, and accessibility requirements please contact:

Name AGL Gas Import Jetty Project
Phone 1800 039 600
Email AGLcommunity@agl.com.au
Website gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/

For questions about the Crib Point-Pakenham Gas Pipeline Project, EES documentation, and accessibility requirements please contact:

Name APA Crib Point-Pakenham Gas Pipeline Project
Phone 1800 531 811
Email cribpointpakenham@apa.com.au
Website gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/

For questions about the Works Approval Application, please contact:

Name EPA Victoria
Phone 1300 372 842
Website www.epa.vic.gov.au/our-work/licences-and-approvals

For questions about the Pipeline License Application please contact:

Name Pipeline Regulator Victoria
Phone 136 186
Email pipeline.regulation@delwp.vic.gov.au
Website gasimportprojectvictoria.com.au/