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2 February 2009
A proposal by the South Australian Government to open the barrages to transfer sea water from the Coorong to freshwater Lake Alexandrina is in the process of assessment under national environment law.
Public input is being sought on the draft guidelines for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that South Australia must prepare.
"These guidelines, once finalised, will ensure that the public and I have enough information to understand the impacts of the proposal and to inform my final decision on South Australia's proposal.
"There is obviously significant community concern about this proposal and as I have said from the outset, I want to make sure we get input from any individuals or groups who think they can contribute to this process," Mr Garrett said.
A draft set of guidelines has been prepared setting out the scope of the Environmental Impact Statement.
"Until 16 February 2009, people can tell my department if there is further information that should be included by the South Australian Government when they prepare the EIS for this proposal.
"I strongly encourage interested groups and individuals to provide feedback on the draft guidelines."
The SA Government will be required to release the resulting EIS for public comment once they have it prepared.
The draft guidelines can be found at http://www.environment.gov.au/epbc/notices/assessments/2008/4674/information.html
Submissions are due by close of business Monday 16 February and can be
emailed or posted to:
Environment Assessment Branch
Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts
GPO Box 797
CANBERRA ACT 2601.