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Department of the Environment and Water Resources annual report 2006–07

Volume two
Department of the Environment and Water Resources, 2007
ISSN 1441-9335

Legislation annual reports 2006–07 (continued)

Operation of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (continued)

Appendix 1—Statistics on the operation of the EPBC Act in 2006—07

Table 1: Overview of referrals, assessments and approvals
Referrals 2006—07 Total 1
Total referrals received 347 2,278
Referrals being processed at 1 July 2006 36 N/A
Referrals withdrawn or lapsed before decision 8 45
Action clearly unacceptable 0 0
Referral decisions made (after reconsideration) 336 2,194
Approval required—controlled action 73 495
Approval not required—action to be taken in a particular manner 75 358
Approval not required—no conditions on action 188 1,341
Referrals being processed at 30 June 2007 39 39
Controlled actions
Total controlled actions (after reconsideration) 73 495
Assessments/recommendation reports completed 39 224
Under bilateral agreements 12 26
Preliminary documentation 20 142
Public environment report 2 8
Environmental impact statement 2 15
Referral information 0 0
Public inquiry 0 0
Accredited assessment 3 33
Approval decisions
Total approval decisions 45 196
Approved with no conditions 0 10
Approved with conditions 44 182
Approval not granted 1 4
Note:
1 Since the commencement of the EPBC Act in July 2000.
Table 2: Referrals, referral decisions and reconsideration of decisions
Referrals
Referrals being processed at 1 July 2006 36
Referrals received 2006—07 347
Deemed referrals 0
Referrals withdrawn or lapsed before decision 81
Referral decisions made (initial decisions, before reconsideration) 336
Approval required—controlled action 74
Approval not required—action to be taken in a particular manner 74
Approval not required—no conditions on action 188
Referrals being processed at 30 June 2007 39
Reconsideration of decisions
Reconsideration decisions being processed at 1 July 2006 0
Reconsideration requests received 2006—07 7
Reconsideration decisions made 7
No change in decision 3
Controlled action decision changed to not controlled action 0
Controlled action decision changed to action to be taken in a particular manner 3
Not controlled action decision changed to action to be taken in a particular manner 0
Particular manner decision changed to new manner 1
Controlled action decision changed to revised controlling provisions 0
Not controlled action decision changed to controlled action 0
Particular manner decision changed to not controlled action 0
Particular manner decision changed to controlled action 0
Reconsiderations pending at 30 June 2007 0
Note:
1 This number was wrongly reported in 2005—06. The correct number was 7 not 47.
Table 3: Referrals and referral decisions made by jurisdiction1
  Referrals received in 2006—07 Decisions made in 2006—07 Total decisions
Approval required Approval not required
CA 2 PM 3 NCA 4
Antarctica 1 0 2   2
Christmas Island 4 0 1 3 4
Cocos (Keeling) Islands 1 0 0 2 2
Commonwealth marine areas 19 1 10 7 18
Norfolk Island 5 0 1 2 3
ACT 9 1 6 7
NSW 49 18 9 19 46
NT 15 5 2 9 16
Qld 92 26 11 53 90
SA 24 3 1 15 19
Tas 15 2 1 13 16
Vic 60 5 20 41 66
WA 53 14 15 18 47
Total 347 74 74 188 336
Notes:
1 The counts of referrals received and of decisions made relate to events occurring in 2006—07 before reconsideration. However some decisions made in 2006—07 may relate to referrals received in earlier years.
2 CA = controlled action.
3 PM = particular manner. Refers to decisions made by the minister under section 77(3) that an action is not a controlled action if taken in a particular manner.
4 NCA = not a controlled action.
Table 4: Referrals and referral decisions by activity category 1
  Referrals received in 2006—07 Decisions made in 2006—07 Total decisions
Approval required Approval not required
CA 2 PM 3 NCA 4
Agriculture and forestry 3 0 0 4 4
Aquaculture 3 0 0 3 3
Commercial development 23 7 4 11 22
Commonwealth 6 0 0 5 5
Energy generation and supply (non-renewable) 17 5 3 11 19
Energy generation and supply (renewable) 9 0 0 12 12
Exploration (mineral, oil and gas—marine) 31 0 21 7 28
Exploration (mineral, oil and gas—
non-marine)
1 0 0 1 1
Manufacturing 3 1 0 3 4
Mining 46 15 3 29 47
Natural resources management 11 3 4 4 11
Residential development 66 24 14 23 61
Science and research 9 0 2 7 9
Telecommunications 3 1 1 2 4
Tourism and recreation 29 5 8 16 29
Transport—land 28 2 4 17 23
Transport—water 9 2 2 3 7
Waste management (non-sewerage) 3 0 1 2 3
Waste management (sewerage) 9 0 2 10 12
Water management and use 38 9 5 18 32
Total 347 74 74 188 336
Notes:
1 The counts of referrals received and of decisions made relate to events occurring in 2006—07 before reconsideration. However some decisions made in 2006—07 may relate to referrals received in earlier years.
22 CA = controlled action.
3 PM = particular manner. Refers to decisions made by the minister under section 77(3) that an action is not a controlled action if taken in a particular manner.
4 NCA = not a controlled action.
Table 5: Number of matters protected by the EPBC Act for which adverse impacts have been addressed 1
  Matter protected Nominal controlled action2 Controlled action
Division 1 Matters of national environmental significance
Section 12 World heritage values of a world heritage listed property 7 12
Section 15B National heritage values of a national heritage listed place 1 0
Section 16 Ecological character of a declared Ramsar wetland 9 17
Section 18 Listed threatened species or ecological community 64 65
Section 20 Listed migratory species 35 23
Section 21 Nuclear activities with a significant impact on the environment 0 1
Section 23 Commonwealth marine environment 23 5
Division 2 Proposals involving the Commonwealth
Section 26 Commonwealth land 6 3
Section 27B Activities involving Commonwealth heritage listed places overseas 0 0
Section 28 Commonwealth or Commonwealth agency activity 4 1
Total   149 127
Notes:
1 Numbers of matters protected are after reconsideration of decisions.
2 Arising from decisions made by the minister under section 77(3) that an action is not a controlled action if taken in a particular manner.
Table 6: Decisions on assessment approach and assessments by type of assessment
  Level of assessment decided in 2006—07 Assessments completed in 2006—07 Recommendation reports completed in 2006—07 Assessments in progress at 30 June 2007 Recommendation reports in progress at
30 June 2007
Commonwealth assessments
Preliminary documentation 44 19 1 29 4
Referral information 1 0 0 1 0
Public environment report 6 2 0 11 0
Environmental impact statement 1 2 0 5 0
Public inquiry 0 0 Not applicable 0 Not applicable
State/territory assessments
Bilateral agreement 26 12 Not applicable 39 Not applicable
Accredited assessment 1 3 Not applicable 25 Not applicable
Total 79 38 1 110 4

Table 7: Approvals
Type of approval Number of approvals
Approved with no conditions 0
Approved with conditions 44
Approval not granted 1
Total decisions 45
Awaiting approval at 30 June 2007 6
Awaiting section 130(1B) notice from state/territory1 13
Awaiting further information from proponent 2 4
Notes:
1 Applies to the approval process in operation prior to the February 2007 amendments to the EPBC Act. The amended section 130(1B) no longer requires these notices. The new section 132A allows the minister to request notices from appropriate state/territory ministers about certain actions.
2 Where the minister believes, on reasonable grounds, that he or she does not have enough information to make an informed decision to approve an action, the minister may request further information under section 132. In these cases the approval process statutory timeframe is stopped until all of the information requested is received (section 130(5)).
Table 8: Advice requested and provided under section 160
Authorisation provision Requests for advice Advice not required Assessment completed Advice provided
Airspace management 0 0 0 0
Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority permit/authority 0 0 0 0
Airport major development plan 11 3 5 7
Sea dumping permit 0 0 0 0
Total 11 3 5 7

Approvals granted 2006—07

Arafura Resources NL—Open cut gold mine, Pine Creek, NT

Aztec Resources Ltd—Iron ore mine, Kimberley region, WA

Baillie Lodges—Southern Ocean Lodge, Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA

Boyd Cook Cove—Cooks Cove development project, Cooks Cove, NSW

Callide Coalfields Pty Ltd—Coal mining lease 6993 (The Bluff), Biloela, Qld

Cape View Developments WA Pty Ltd—Cape View Resort at Lot 190 Little Colin Street, Busselton, WA

Cardwell Shire Council—Construction of breakwaters, Port Hinchinbrook Resort and Boat Harbour, Oyster Point, Qld

Cedar Woods Properties Ltd—Laverton activity centre and residential development, Laverton, Vic

Cooloola Shire Council—Construction of new landfill, Cooloola, Qld

CSR Ltd—Industrial development on Lot 141 DP843899 and Lot 5 DP1094504, Erskine Park Employment Area, Erskine Park, NSW

DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd—Natural gas pipeline expansion, Dampier to Bunbury, WA

Department of Defence—Operation of 17 Tiger helicopters at Robertson Barracks, Darwin, NT

Department of Defence—Sale of Commonwealth land, Maribyrnong, Vic

Emirates Hotels Australia—Emirates tourist resort and associated facilities, Wolgan Valley, NSW

Ensham Resources P—Expansion of Ensham mine, Emerald, Qld

FKP Commercial Developments Pty Ltd—Industrial estate Cooper Road, Cambellfield, Vic

Forrester Residential Developments—Coolum Ridges subdivision and development, southern, Peregian Beach, Qld

Fortescue Metals Group Ltd—Cloud Break open pit iron ore mine, Pilbara, WA

Fraser Panarama Pty Ltd—Residential subdivision, Lot 2 on RP171875, Samarai Drive, Hervey Bay, Qld

Gunson Resources Ltd—Coburn mineral sand project, Shark Bay, WA

HEZ Pty Ltd—Development of the Hunter Economic Zone Industrial Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW

Kinsmen Ltd—Meningie canal-based housing development, Meningie, SA

Main Roads Western Australia—Construction of new Perth—Bunbury Highway project, Bunbury to Perth, WA

Matilda Minerals Ltd—Andranangoo Creek and Lethbridge Bay mineral sand mining, Tiwi Islands, NT

MIM Holdings Ltd—McArthur River mine expansion, McArthur River, NT

Mr Louis Campagnolo—Vegetation clearing, Kurrimine Beach, Qld

NCA Joint Venture—Wollombi open cut coal mine (Suttor Creek ML4761 Extension), near Glenden, Qld

New Acland Coal Pty Ltd—New Acland mine expansion, Darling Downs, Qld

Newcastle Port Corporation—Hunter River south arm dredging, Newcastle, NSW

Newnes Kaolin Pty Ltd—Newnes Kaolin friable sandstone mine project, Newnes Junction, NSW

Northern Territory Department of Planning and Infrastructure—Victoria Highway upgrade, Victoria River, NT

Oxiana Ltd—Prominent Hill copper—gold project, Prominent Hill, SA

Penola Pulp Pty Ltd—Pulp mill and associated infrastructure near Penola, SA

Queensland Department of Main Roads—Kuranda Range Road (Kennedy Highway) Upgrade, Kuranda, Qld

Queensland Parks and Wildlife—Gold Coast Hinterland Great Walk, Lamington National Park, Qld

Southern Regional Water Pipeline Company—Southern Regional Water pipeline, south-east, Qld

Stockland Developments Pty Ltd—Residential development on a 929 hectare site located adjacent to the Bohle River and Bruce Highway, Bohle, Qld

Telstra Corporation Ltd—Telstra optic fibre cable installation, Jabiru—Rikurdji, NT

Territory Iron Ltd—Frances Creek iron ore mine, Frances Creek, NT

Watsons Pty Ltd—Wyndham Cove marina and residential development, Werribee South, Vic

Westfield Management Ltd—Development of Plenty Valley Town Centre, South Morang, VIC

Wind Power Pty Ltd—Bald Hills Wind Farm 80 turbines, Bald Hills, Tarwin Lower to Cape Liptrap Road, Vic

Woodside Energy Ltd—Site preparations, Burrup Peninsula, WA

Worsley Alumina Pty Ltd—Efficiency and growth increase of alumina production, Darling Plateau, WA

Approvals not granted 2006—07

Phosphate Resources Ltd—East Christmas Island phosphate mines (9 sites), Christmas Island

Awaiting approval 30 June 2007

Australian Pipeline Trust Group—275 kilometre gas pipeline from Wadeye to existing Darwin gas pipeline, Wadeye to Amadeus Basin, NT

Barry Humfrey—Development of land based tourist facilities on Long Island, Houtman Abrolhos Islands, WA

Humfrey Land Development—Tourism facility and associated infrastructure, Houtman Abrolhos Islands, WA

Luddenham Management Pty Ltd—Twin Creeks Estate stage 4, 26 rural residential allotments, Luddenham, NSW

Meridien Marinas Horizon Shores—Horizon Shores marina redevelopment, Steiglitz, Qld

Stockland Developments Pty Ltd—Residential subdivision and town centre development, Vincentia, Jervis Bay, NSW

Assessments completed 2006—07

Assessed by preliminary documentation

Aztec Resources Ltd—Iron ore mine, Kimberley Region, WA

Boyd Cook Cove—Cooks Cove development project, Cooks Cove, NSW

Callide Coalfields Pty Ltd—Coal mining lease 6993 (The Bluff), Biloela, Qld

Cape View Developments WA Pty Ltd—Cape View Resort at Lot 190 Little Colin Street, Busselton, WA

Cardwell Shire Council—Construction of breakwaters, Port Hinchinbrook Resort and Boat Harbour, Oyster Point, Qld

Cedar Woods Properties Ltd—Laverton activity centre and residential development, Laverton, Vic

CSR Ltd—Industrial development on Lot 141 DP843899 and Lot 5 DP1094504, Erskine Park Employment Area, Erskine Park, NSW

DBNGP (WA) Nominees Pty Ltd—Natural gas pipeline expansion, Dampier to Bunbury, WA

Department of Defence—Operation of 17 Tiger helicopters at Robertson Barracks, Darwin, NT

Department of Defence—Sale of Commonwealth land, Maribyrnong, Vic

Kinsmen Ltd—Meningie canal-based housing development, Meningie, SA

Main Roads Western Australia—Construction of new Perth—Bunbury Highway project, Bunbury to Perth, WA

Meridien Marinas Horizon Shores—Horizon Shores marina redevelopment, Steiglitz, Qld

Mr Louis Campagnolo—Vegetation clearing, Kurrimine Beach, Qld

Penola Pulp Pty Ltd—Pulp mill and associated infrastructure near Penola, SA

Queensland Department of Main Roads—Toowoomba bypass highway corridor, Toowoomba, Qld

Stockland Developments Pty Ltd—Residential subdivision and town centre development, Vincentia, Jervis Bay, NSW

Telstra Corporation Ltd—Telstra optic fibre cable installation, Jabiru—Rikurdji, NT

Westfield Management Ltd—Development of Plenty Valley town centre, Vic

Assessed by environmental impact statement

ChevronTexaco Australia—Gorgon gas development, Gorgon, WA

Phosphate Resources Ltd—East Christmas Island phosphate mines (9 sites), Christmas Island

Assessed by public environment report

Emirates Hotels Australia—Emirates tourist resort and associated facilities, Wolgan Valley, NSW

HEZ Pty Ltd—Development of the Hunter Economic Zone Industrial Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW

Assessed through an accredited process

Australian Rail Track Corporation—South Sydney freight rail line, Sefton Park to Macarthur, NSW

Baillie Lodges—Southern Ocean Lodge, Hanson Bay, Kangaroo Island, SA

Oxiana Ltd—Prominent Hill copper—gold project, Prominent Hill, SA

Assessed under a bilateral agreement

Arafura Resources NL—Open cut gold mine, Pine Creek, NT

Australian Pipeline Trust Group—275 kilometre gas pipeline from Wadeye to existing Darwin gas pipeline, Wadeye to Amadeus Basin, NT

Barry Humfrey—Development of land based tourist facilities on Long Island, Houtman Abrolhos Islands, WA

Department of Tourism, Parks, Heritage and the Arts—Centralised sewage scheme, Cradle Valley, Tas

Ensham Resources P—Expansion of Ensham mine, Emerald, Qld

Humfrey Land Development—Tourism facility and associated infrastructure, Houtman Abrolhos Islands, WA

NCA Joint Venture—Wollombi open cut coal mine (Suttor Creek ML4761 extension), near Glenden, Qld

New Acland Coal Pty Ltd—New Acland mine expansion, Darling Downs, Qld

Northern Territory Department of Planning and Infrastructure—Victoria Highway upgrade, Victoria River, NT

Southern Regional Water Pipeline Company—Southern Regional Water pipeline, south-east, Qld

Territory Iron Ltd—Frances Creek iron ore mine, Frances Creek, NT

Woodside Energy Ltd—Site preparations, Burrup Peninsula, WA

Assessments in progress at 30 June 2007

Assessments by preliminary documentation

AcroPlan—Subdivision of portion of Lot 46, North Rothbury, NSW

ATA Environmental—Residential development at Shenton Park, Shenton Park in the City of Nedlands, WA

Bayeux Investments Pty Ltd—Construction of a dam, adjacent to Mount Cone, SA

Broadcast Australia Pty Ltd—Management and control of serrated tussock, Delahey, Vic

Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School—Construction of new sporting field, Gelorup, WA

Burtonia Pty Ltd and Carine Nominees—Peel's Retreat Estate residential development, Mandurah, WA

CabWater, Caboolture Shire Council—Groundwater extraction and treatment to supply to Bribie Island, Bribie Island, Qld

Content Living Pty Ltd—Residential development, Lot 3 and 4 Dorsett Street, West Busselton, WA

Everett Family Trust—Residential development and resort, Mount Separation Road, Bemerside, Qld

Flashpast Pty Ltd—Residential development Lots 8 and 9 King Street, West Busselton, WA

Folkestone Ltd—Industrial subdivision, 720—808 Kororoit Creek Road, Altona, Vic

Gunns Ltd—Kraft pulp mill and ancillary chemical production and infrastructure, Bells Bay, Tas

J&G Rover Holdings Pty Ltd—Country living residential development, Paringa, SA

JAG Marine Group Pty Ltd—Expansion of Bowen Marina, Lot 310 on SP143899, Bowen, Qld

Leopold Property Developments Pty Ltd—Residential estate, 251—319 Melaluka Road, Leopold, Vic

Mary Donald Nominees Pty Ltd—Residential/industrial subdivision, Lot 18 Vasse Highway, Shire of Busselton, Yalyalup, WA

Moolarben Coal Mines Pty Ltd—Moolarben coal mine project, Ulan north-east of Mudgee, NSW

Nobbys Lighthouse Pty Ltd—Nobbys Lighthouse redevelopment, Newcastle, NSW

Nonda Street Pty Ltd—Residential estate, Lot 97 Nonda Street, Mission Beach, Qld

Norman Properties Pty Ltd—Rural residential subdivision, Lot 1 RP728479, Douglas Track, Speewah, Qld

NSW Roads and Traffic Authority—Hume Highway upgrade, Mullengandra to Tarcutta, NSW

Pine Water—Redevelopment of waste water treatment plant, Murrumba Downs, Qld

Queensland Transport—Townsville port access project (road and rail), Townsville, Qld

R & E Developments Pty Ltd—Residential development, Wongalin Beach, Qld

R and E Plapp—Tourist—residential development off Jackey Jackey Street, South Mission Beach, Qld

ROCLA Ltd—Kurnell sand extraction and backfilling proposal, Kurnell Peninsula, NSW

Watermark Enterprises—Subdivision Lot 1 Dawesville Road, Dawesville, WA

Westerly Projects Pty Ltd—Residential subdivision of Lot 12 on SP105732, Bentley Park, Qld

Your Resort Home Pty Ltd—Lilliponds residential resort estate, Tully Mission Beach Road, Mission Beach, Qld

Assessments by environmental impact statement

AGL Petronas Consortium—Papua New Guinea—Queensland gas pipeline Gove Lateral, Cape York Peninsula Queensland to Gove NT, Commonwealth marine

Inpex Browse Ltd—Develop Ichthys gas-condensate field permit area WA-285-P R1 WA North-West Shelf, Browse Basin, WA

Shell Development (Australia) Pty Ltd—Floating liquefied natural gas facility, Timor Sea, Commonwealth marine

TransGrid—Electricity transmission line, Buronga (south-west NSW) to Robertson (mid-north SA), NSW

WMC (Olympic Dam Corporation) Pty Ltd—Expansion of the Olympic Dam copper, uranium, gold and silver mine, processing plant and associated infrastructure, Olympic Dam, SA

Assessments by public environment report

Apache Energy Ltd—Van Gogh petroleum field development, Exmouth sub-basin, Commonwealth marine

Cairns City Council—Groundwater extracted from Mulgrave River aquifer, bore field and associated infrastructure, Aloomba, Qld

Cultus Timor Sea Pty Ltd—Audacious oil field standalone development, Timor Sea, Commonwealth marine

GFB Developments Pty Ltd—Expansion of fish farm activities, Saltwater Creek, Qld

Heathgate Resources Pty Ltd—Beverley uranium mine extension, Beverley, SA

Mr K Williams and Cardwell Properties Pty Ltd—Port Hinchinbrook Resort stage II, Cardwell, Qld

PGP Developments Pty Ltd—Whitsunday Shores Estate residential subdivision, golf course, facilities and infrastructure, Bowen, Qld

Shoalhaven City Council—Rezoning of land and associated public works to facilitate residential development, Worrowing Heights (Heritage Estates), NSW

UP NCI Property Management Pty Ltd—Tourist resort and subdivision development, North Curtis Island, Qld

Waterman Agriculture Pty Ltd—Irrigated cotton development expansion, Pillicawarrina, Macquarie Marshes, NSW

Woodside Energy Ltd—Pluto gas project including site B, Burrup Peninsula—North-West Shelf, WA

Assessments through an accredited process

Astron Ltd—Donald mineral sands project, western Vic

Austeel Pty Ltd—Steel mill, Newcastle, NSW

Barro Group—Extension of Mountain View basalt quarry by 490 hectares (stage 2), Port Wilson, Vic

Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Ltd—Brisbane Airport new parallel runway project, Brisbane Airport, Qld

Burnett Water Pty Ltd—Walla Weir raising of dam, Bundaberg, Qld

City of Cockburn—Extension of Beeliar Drive between the junction of Mayor and Fawcett Roads and Cockburn Road, City of Cockburn, WA

Compass Resources NL—Polymetallic project lead, copper, nickel, cobalt and silver, Rum Jungle/Browns, Browns East, NT

Iluka Resources Ltd—Mineral sands mining, Woornack, Rownack, Rainlover, Pirro and Kulwin, Ouyen, Vic

Lake Wellington Estates—Wellington Waters canal estate, Wellington Lakes, Vic

LG Chem Ltd—Construction of a chlor-alkali/ethylene di-chloride (CA/EDC) plant, Gladstone State Development Area, Landing Road, Gladstone, Qld

Lonsdale Golf Club Inc—Lonsdale Golf Club redevelopment, Point Lonsdale, Vic

Michael Jolly and Classpoint Pty Ltd—Waterfront residential estate development (Narnu Waterways), Hindmarsh Island, SA

Mineralogy Pty Ltd—Binowee iron ore project, Cape Preston, WA

Orange City Council—Resource reprocessing facility, near Molong, NSW

Pacific Reef Fisheries (Bowen) Pty Ltd—Proposed Guthalungra aquaculture facility, Guthalungra, Qld

PF Formation—Sand extraction, Maroota, NSW

Port of Melbourne Corporation—Port Phillip Bay channel deepening, Port Phillip Bay, Vic

RMI Pty Ltd—Irrigated intensive crop production, Goondiwindi, NSW

Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW—Great Western Highway upgrade, section 1A, Lawson, NSW

Roads and Traffic Authority, NSW—Pacific Highway, Bulahdelah upgrade, Bulahdelah, NSW

Selwyn Mines Ltd—The Selwyn copper—gold project, Mount Isa—Carpentaria, Qld

Shute Harbour Management Pty Ltd—Construction of marina facility, Shutehaven, Qld

Stockland Development Pty Ltd—Residential and golf course development project, Point Lonsdale, Vic

Tarong Energy Corporation Ltd—Glen Wilga open cut coal mine, Surat Basin, Qld

Wind Power Pty Ltd—Wind turbines, Swan Bay, Vic

Assessments under a bilateral agreement

AGL Petronas Consortium—Ballera lateral gas pipeline, Qld

Albany Port Authority— Albany Port Authority dredging project, Port Albany, WA

BEMAX Cable Sands (WA) Pty Ltd—Mining of titanium mineral sands in Happy Valley north and south, on private land and state forest, Happy Valley, WA

BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance—Norwich Park coal mine, development of east pit, Norwich Park Mine, Qld

BM Alliance Coal Operations Pty Ltd—Goonyella riverside coal mine expansion, Bowen Basin, Qld

Cadia Holdings Pty Ltd—Cadia East project, extension of copper—gold mine within mining lease 1405, Cadia Valley near Orange, NSW

Cape Bouvard Investments Pty Ltd—Rural subdivision of a 975.2 hectare property, Mandurah, WA

CBH Sulphur Springs Pty Ltd—Panorama copper—zinc mine, Pilbara, WA

Central Queensland Ports Authority and Queensland Rail—Wiggins Island coal terminal, Port of Gladstone, Qld

City Pacific Ltd—Townsville ocean terminal, Townsville, Qld

Dallis Park Residents' Association—Relocation of grey-headed flying-foxes from Dallis Park, Murwillumbah, NSW

Daracon Quarries—Ardglen Quarry extension, Murrundi, NSW

Darwin Clean Fuels Pty Ltd—Condensate processing facility, East Arm, Darwin Business Park, NT

East Wing Corporation Pty Ltd—Hummock Hill Island development, Hummock Hill Island, Qld

Enertrade—Install and operate gas pipeline, Moranbah—Gladstone, Qld

Gladstone Pacific Nickel—HPAL nickel plant, Gladstone, Qld

Gold Coast City Council—Hinze Dam upgrade, Nerang, Qld

Grange Resources Ltd—Open cut ore mine and 110 kilometres of pipeline, Wellstead, WA

Iluka Resources Ltd—Tutunup South mineral sands project, Busselton, WA

Karara Management Services Pty Ltd—Karara magnetite project, Shire of Morawa, WA

Kemerton Silica Sand Pty Ltd—Silica sand mine expansion, Kemerton, WA

Moly Metals Australia Pty Ltd—Spinifex Ridge molybdenum project, near Marble Bar, WA

Mount Gibson Mining Ltd—Open cut mine and associated infrastructure, Mount Gibson, WA

New Acland Coal Pty Ltd—Stage 3 expansion of New Acland coal mine, Darling Downs, Qld

Northeast Business Park—Northeast Business Park, Caboolture, Morayfield, Qld

Olympia Resources Ltd—Mineral sands mine, Keysbrook, WA

P3 Prestige Property Partnership—Ella Bay residential and tourism development, Ella Bay, Qld

Pacific Hydro Ltd—White Rock Ridge Wind Farm, Robbins Island, Tas

Queensland Water Infrastructure Pty Ltd—Traveston Crossing Dam, Mary River, Qld

Queensland Water Infrastructure Pty Ltd—Wyaralong Dam, Teviot Brook near Boonah, Qld

Rosecorp Ltd—Residential subdivision, Catherine Hill Bay and Gwandalan, NSW

Shute Harbour Marina Development Pty Ltd—Construction of marina facility, Shute Bay, Qld

Southern Regional Water Pipeline Company Pty Ltd—Borefield and new pipeline, North Stradbroke Island water treatment plant, North Stradbroke Island, Qld

Stanthorpe Shire Council—Construction of a dam at Emu Swamp, Stanthorpe, Qld

Straits Salt Pty Ltd—Yannarie solar salt project, Exmouth Gulf, WA

SunWater—Water for Bowen project, Clare Weir, Bowen, Qld

Walker Corporation—Lauderdale Quay waterfront housing and marina development, Ralphs Bay, Tas

Woodside Energy Ltd and Alcan Gove Pty Ltd—Trans-territory gas pipeline, Wadeye to Gove (Galupa), NT

ZeroGen Pty Ltd—Construct and operate a coal gasification plant and carbon dioxide capture and storage, Stanwell Energy Park, Qld

Recommendation reports completed 2006—07

Assessed by preliminary documentation

Fraser Panarama Pty Ltd— Residential subdivision, Lot 2 on RP171875, Samarai Drive, Hervey Bay, QLD

Recommendation reports in progress at 30 June 2007

Joan Busby—Dawson Beach Estate stage 2, Busselton, WA

Mr T and Mrs G Masella—Construction of residential dwelling, Ozone Terrace, Kalamunda, WA

TransGrid—High voltage electricity transmission line, Wollar to Wellington, NSW

VicUrban—Riverwalk project residential development, Werribee, Vic

Table 9: Processing of nominations and changes to the lists of threatened species, ecological communities and key threatening processes
  Species Ecological communities Key threatening processes
New public nominations received under the EPBC Act 22 4 4
Nominations on which the Threatened Species Scientific Committee has provided advice to the minister 20 2 0
Threatened Species Scientific Committee advice to the minister carried over from 2005-06 1 2 0
Ministerial decisions made on Threatened Species Scientific Committee advice 90 1 2 0
Number uplisted, downlisted, new, delisted, rejected 42, 6, 10, 29, 3 0, 0, 2, 0, 0 0
Number of amendments to the list 87 2 2 0
Total number of listings as at 30 June 2007 1697 38 17
Number of public nominations where an extension to the 12-month timeframe was required 16 28 4
Number of ministerial decisions made on Threatened Species Scientific Committee Advice where the minister's 90-day deadline was met Yes No Yes No Yes No
14 7 0 2 0 0
Notes:
1 This number includes public nominations and species brought to the minister's attention via the Australian Government's Species Information Partnerships with WA, NT and SA, plus other consultancies.
2 This number represents all ministerial decisions made on the Threatened Species Scientific Committee's advice minus three species that were found not to be eligible for listing.
Table 10: Species and ecological communities covered by recovery plans (at 30 June 2007)
  Species Ecological communities  
Vulnerable Endangered Critically endangered Extinct in the wild Vulnerable Endangered Critically endangered Total
Total number of listed entities 1 861 639 90 1 1 28 7 1,627
Number covered by plans in preparation 174 196 30 0 1 9 4 414
Number covered by plans in place 2 137 215 42 1 0 15 0 410
Percentage covered by plans in place or in preparation 36% 64% 80% 100% 100% 86% 57% 51%
Notes:
1 This figure does not include listings in the categories of 'extinct' or 'conservation dependent'.
2 This figure includes revised recovery plans currently in preparation.

Table 11: Number of recovery plans in preparation and in place (at 30 June 2007)
  Single species Multi-species Ecological communities Multi-regional Total
Number of plans in place 266 27 15 0 308
Number of plans in preparation 234 38 111 6 289
Number of plans made or adopted in 2006—07 60 6 0 0 66
Note:
1 This figure includes the revision of eight adopted recovery plans.
Table 12: Cetacean permits—applications received, decisions made on assessment approach and permits granted 2006—07
Sub-section of EPBC Act Applications received Decision made on assessment approach Permits granted Conditions varied or revoked Suspended or cancelled
238 (3) (a) 3 1 1 0 0
238 (3) (b) 3 1 0 0 0
238 (3) (c) 0 0 0 0 0
238 (3) (d) 0 0 0 0 0
238 (3) (e) 0 0 0 0 0
Total 6 2 1 0 0
Table 13: Assessments of Commonwealth and state managed fisheries completed 2006—07
State/Commonwealth Fishery Decision date
Commonwealth Southern and Eastern Scalefish and Shark Fishery 21 December 2006
Commonwealth Heard Island and McDonald Islands Fishery 9 May 2007
New South Wales Lobster Fishery 28 March 2007
Queensland Developmental Jellyfish Fishery 14 June 2006
(Gazetted 6 September 2006)
Queensland Spanner Crab Fishery 29 January 2007
South Australia Giant Crab Fishery 12 March 2007
Tasmania Giant Crab Fishery 14 July 2006
Tasmania Octopus Fishery 7 August 2006
Tasmania Rock Lobster Fishery 29 January 2007
Tasmania Abalone Fishery 31 January 2007
Tasmania Native Oyster Fishery 7 May 2007
Victoria Syngnathid Fishery (PQ Aquatics) 14 December 2006
Victoria Giant Crab Fishery 12 March 2007
Victoria Jellyfish Fishery 10 April 2007
Western Australia West Coast Deep Sea Crab Interim Managed Fishery 12 March 2007