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 comprises Kathy Mitchell (Chair), Michael Kirsch (Deputy Chair), Jacquelle Gorski, Chris Harty and Trevor McCullough. See the IAC member biographies here.
The IAC may also be appointed as a Panel by the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change to consider and advise on the pipeline license application under the Pipelines Act 2005.
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.
View the Project
You may inspect the EES, draft Planning Scheme Amendments and Works Approval Application and any related documents free of charge on the joint AGL and APA Gas Import Jetty and Gas Pipeline Project webpage.
The project will be on public exhibition between 2 July and 26 August 2020. Submissions are invited during this time and should be made on the submission form below.
Inquiry and Committee Process
The IAC will hold a Directions Hearing on Thursday 17 September 2020. Further information about the Directions Hearing arrangements, including venue and time, will be published when determined.
The purpose of the Directions Hearing is to:
- consider any preliminary or procedural issues and give directions about the conduct of the Hearing including the exchange of any expert witness reports
- make arrangements for the Hearing, including the Timetable and Hearing venue
- answer any questions people may have about the Hearing.
The IAC will hold a Public Hearing which will be held in the week commencing Monday 12 October 2020 and run for six to eight weeks (if required).
A timetable for the Public Hearing will be published after the Directions Hearing. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to give people an opportunity to speak in support of their written submission. The Public Hearing is open for anyone to attend.
|Action||Key Dates - 2020|
|Exhibition closes at 11.59pm||26 August|
|‘Request for further information’ issued by IAC to Proponent||16 September|
|DIRECTIONS HEARING – 10.00am|
‘Request for further information’ by IAC to Proponent tabled
|‘Request for further information’ response from Proponent to be filed||25 September|
|Proponent expert evidence to be filed||25 September|
|All other expert evidence from any other party/submitter to be filed||2 October|
|Response to expert evidence from other like witnesses to be filed||6 October|
|Opening submissions (Proponent, Councils and agencies/authorities) to be filed||7 October|
|HEARING COMMENCES - 10.00am|
Day 1 – Proponent opening submissions
Day 2 – Council and Agency opening submissions
Day 3 – Proponent case commences
|From 12 October|
|Hearing continues for 6 to 8 weeks||Concluding by Friday 4 December|
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.email@example.com
Make your submission
You are invited to make a submission to the Inquiry and Advisory Committee on the project. Each submission is a public document will be treated as a submission in response to all the exhibited documents, so only one submission addressing all of your views about the Project is needed. You must make a submission if you wish to make a presentation at the Public Hearing.
Submissions are invited between 2 July and 11:59pm on 26 August 2020 and should be lodged using the submission form below on this page. You must read the Privacy Collection Statement provided below prior to lodging your submission.
Please contact Planning Panels Victoria at 136 186 if you need to make a hard-copy submission or have issues lodging your submission on the form below. Please note that electronic submissions are preferred.
For questions about the Minister's Assessment and EES process, please contact:
|Name||Impact Assessment Unit, DELWP|
|Phone||(03) 8392 5503|
For questions about the Works Approval Application, please contact:
|Phone||1300 372 842|
For questions about the Inquiry and Advisory Committee process and making a submission please contact:
|Name||Planning Panels Victoria|