Update - 9 April 2021

The submitter conference for the Golden Beach Gas Project was held on Monday 18 January 2021 and the Inquiry and Panel subsequently submitted its report in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Instrument of Appointment.

The Minister’s Assessment on the environmental effects of the Project is now complete. The Minister’s Assessment and Inquiry and Panel report can be found on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website on the 'Overview' and 'Documents' tabs.

All documents tabled by Parties during the inquiry process can be found on the Tabled Documents page here.

All documentation presented to the Inquiry and Panel during the process including tabled documents and submissions will be removed from this webpage three months after the Inquiry and Panel submits its report.

Overview

The Minister for Planning appointed an Inquiry, known as the Golden Beach Gas Project Inquiry (the Inquiry), to consider and advise on the Environment Effects Statement (EES), EPA Works Approval Application (WAA) and public submissions received on the proposed Golden Beach Gas Project. The Inquiry was also appointed as a Panel to consider and advise the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change on the pipeline licence application.

The work and scope of the Inquiry is guided by the Terms of Reference that have been approved by the Minister for Planning. The Terms of Reference can be found in the Document Library on the right hand side of this page.

As a Panel, it must act in accordance with the requirements of the Pipelines Act and any specification in its instrument of appointment.

The Inquiry comprises of the following Members:

  • Nick Wimbush (Chair)
  • Sarah Carlisle (Deputy Chair)
  • Trevor Blake
  • Sandra Brizga
Learn more about the members by reading their biographies.

The Proposal

The Proponent is GB Energy (Vic) Pty Ltd (GB Energy). The project encompasses construction and operation of a pipeline and gas plant to produce gas from the Golden Beach gas field (in Victorian waters) to feed into the Victorian Transmission System. The gas pipeline would be designed to be bi-directional, allowing for the Golden Beach gas field, when depleted after 2 - 4 years, to be used as a gas reservoir or storage facility with a 40 year design life.

The Project includes the development of the following components:

  • two subsea horizontal wells approximately 3.8 kilometres offshore south from Golden Beach, a 2.5 kilometre subsea pipeline and subsea infrastructure and a 1.3 kilometre pipeline shore crossing to the south of Golden Beach
  • a 21 kilometre buried pipeline in a 30 metre wide right of way from south-west of Golden Beach to Longford
  • associated pipeline infrastructure, including a compressor station off Sandy Camp Road in Dutson to compress the gas and collect water entrained in the gas.

The development would occur in two stages. The first stage being the production of gas by extracting a portion (approximately 40 petajoules) of the gas within the reservoir. The second stage being the conversion of the reservoir to a gas storage facility, providing an initial withdrawal capacity of up to 250 terajoules per day.

View the Proposal

You may inspect the EES, Works Approval Application and pipeline licence application and any related documents on the GB Energy Golden Beach Gas Projects webpage.

Inquiry Process

The Directions Hearing was conducted by video conference using Microsoft Teams at 10.00am on Thursday 17 December 2020.

At the Directions Hearing, the Inquiry:

  • highlighted submissions received and identified what it saw as the key issues
  • reviewed the findings from the site inspection
  • discussed the information requests from the Inquiry
  • discussed the format and conduct of the submitter conference; and
  • answered questions people may have had about the submitter conference.


A one day submitter conference was conducted by video conference using Microsoft Teams on Monday 18 January 2021.

The submitter conference was a more informal round table forum to enable the issues raised in submissions to be explored by the Inquiry, together with the submitters who indicated they wanted to participate and the proponent.

Report

The Inquiry and Panel submitted its report on 2 March 2021 within 30 business days from the date of the submitter conference (18 January 2021), in accordance with the Terms of Reference and Instrument of Appointment.

The Minister’s Assessment on the environmental effects of the Project is now complete. The Minister’s Assessment and Inquiry and Panel report can be viewed on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) website on the ‘Overview’ and the ‘Documents’ tabs.

Privacy and Intellectual Property

Please note that your submission will be treated as a public document in accordance with the Privacy Collection Notice (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 body of your submission, such as physical addresses, email address 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

This Privacy Collection Notice relates to all submissions collected in relation to the Golden Beach Gas Project Project Inquiry (the ‘Inquiry’). Planning Panels Victoria (PPV) is providing administrative services to the Inquiry.

PPV is part of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and submissions will be managed in accordance with the Department’s Information Privacy Policy. The Department’s Information Privacy Policy is online at https://www2.delwp.vic.gov.au/doing-business-with-us/information-privacy.

Use of your submission

Your submission has been collected by the Inquiry for the purpose of helping to develop its advice to the Minister for Planning in accordance with the Terms of Reference. In addition, your submission has also been collected to assist any appointed Panel to develop its advice to the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change in accordance with the requirements of the Pipelines Act 2005 and any specification in its instrument of appointment.

Natural justice to participants and transparency are important parts of the Inquiry process. In meeting its legislative requirements and complying with the Terms of Reference, the Inquiry may do the following with your submission:

  • Publish a copy of your submission, in its entirety, on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, Engage Victoria website or other Victorian Government website as required
  • Provide a copy of your submission to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Local Councils, GB Energy (Vic) Pty Ltd (the Proponent), EPA Victoria, Gunaikurnai Land and Waters Aboriginal Corporation, Government Agencies and other parties (submitters) to the process
  • Provide a copy of your personal contact details to the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning and EPA Victoria if needed for notification of Ministerial decisions
  • Display a copy of your submission in the Planning Panels Victoria Office
  • Display a copy of your submission at relevant Local Council, Local Library or Government Offices as appropriate
  • If a face to face submitter conference is to be held, display a copy of your submission in the submitter conference room.

Publication of your personal information on the Internet

The Inquiry Report will be published on the internet and may include:

  • The name of the submitter
  • Direct quotes from some of the submission
  • The submitter’s name and address as required.

Planning Panels Victoria will remove your submission from the web pages that it controls within three months after the Inquiry has reported. Planning Panels Victoria cannot guarantee that your submission will be removed from external web pages outside its control.

Hearing of submissions

The Inquiry will conduct its proceedings through a Submitter Conference or Hearing (hearing of submissions).

Hearing of submissions may be held face to face, via telephone conference or via video link or a combination of these. You should be aware the Inquiry may:

  • broadcast submissions and proceedings live on the internet
  • record submissions and proceedings
  • make the recording available on request to submitters and parties to the hearing of submissions and third parties
  • publish the recording on the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning website, Engage Victoria website or other Victorian Government website
  • use your phone contact details to contact you during a telephone/video hearing of submissions as is necessary.

The Inquiry will direct that parties do not record online hearing of submissions or use them for any other purpose. However, the Inquiry is unable to guarantee that third parties will not be recording online hearing of submissions, and the use of any such recordings outside the hearing of submissions context cannot be regulated by the Inquiry.

All participants are reminded that during the Inquiry process, the privacy of others should be respected and to refrain from the defamation of others.

After the Inquiry has reported

After the Inquiry has reported to the Minister for Planning (and the Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change if applicable) your submission will be removed from all public display within three months.

Your original submission and any additional material provided to the Inquiry will be held at Planning Panels Victoria for two years and then sent to the Public Records Office of Victoria. All additional copies of the submission and other material held by Planning Panels Victoria will be securely destroyed.

If you have any concerns in respect to the way your personal information or submission will be used please contact Planning Panels Victoria on planning.panels@delwp.vic.gov.au.

Contact

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

Name Planning Panels Victoria
Phone 136 186 (select option 6)
Email Planning.Panels@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 Golden Beach Gas Project, EES documentation and accessibility requirements please contact:

Name GB Energy (Vic) Pty Ltd
Phone 1800 423 637
Email info@gbenergy.com.au
Website gbenergy.com.au/ees

For questions about the Pipeline Licence Application please contact:

Name Pipeline Regulator Victoria, Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning
Phone 136 186
Email pipeline.regulation@delwp.vic.gov.au