The project

Flexible Australia Pty Ltd propose to develop a waste recovery facility in Hume. The proposed facility will process and recycle waste from street sweeping, stormwater maintenance and hydro excavation (mud) activities. The site is expected to receive approximately 19,400 tonnes of material per annum.

The project involves the installation of a resource recovery plant to process and recover materials from municipal waste streams. Infrastructure associated with the project includes a fully-bunded metal clad building, storage bays, weighbridges, office buildings and stormwater management and landscaping systems.

The resource recovery plant will reuse resources derived from waste streams ordinarily disposed of to landfill, including graded sand, graded aggregate and organic fractions for supply to construction markets within the ACT and surrounding NSW regional areas.

EIS process

The Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) details the anticipated environmental impacts of a development, as well as proposing avoidance and mitigation measures. An EIS is prepared by a proponent to enable decision makers to understand the environmental consequences of a proposed development. The EIS is required to address matters raised in the scoping document for the proposal. Read more about the EIS process.

A draft EIS has now been lodged for this project. The application number for this draft EIS is EIS EIS201900010. The Planning and Development Act 2007 allows for a draft EIS to be lodged concurrently with a development application for the same proposal. The draft EIS has been lodged concurrently with an impact track development application, DA202037541, to allow the public to consider all applications simultaneously. The concurrent development application cannot be finalised until the concurrent process (the assessment of the draft EIS) is complete. If the concurrent document (the EIS) is refused, rejected or withdrawn, the development application is taken to have been refused.

View DA202037541 here.

Public Consultation

The public consultation period for the draft EIS, and concurrent and development application, is 35 working days, commencing on 1 October 2020 and closing on 19 November 2020. Within this period, the public can view the application and provide written comments (a representation) on the proposal.

Any matters raised in representations made during the public consultation period must be addressed by the proponent in revising their EIS for final assessment by the planning and land authority. Representations received after public consultation closes may be supplied to the proponent for their information if they wish to consider them.

Representations should be addressed to the Chief Planning Executive and made in one of the following ways:

Representations should include the name and contact details of the person making the comments and the draft EIS application reference number (EIS201900010).

Please note: Under section 220 (2) Planning and Development Act 2007, the planning and land authority must—

  1. make a copy of the representation available on the authority website
  2. give a copy of the representation to the proponent of the development proposal as soon as practicable after the public consultation period for the draft EIS ends.

In complying with the obligation under section 220(2), the authority discloses the representations, which may include personal information on its website and to the proponent. You may request to have part or all of your representation excluded from the public register under Sections 411 or 412 of the Planning and Development Act 2007. The request for exclusion must be in writing and clearly identify what you are seeking to exclude and how the request satisfies the exclusion criteria. The Authority may approve or refuse to approve an exclusion application.

If your request for exclusion is approved the Authority will seek to protect the information from disclosure. However, the Authority cannot guarantee that the information will not have to be disclosed pursuant to a legal obligation.

The Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate's (EPSDD) Information Privacy Policy contains information about how you may access or seek to correct your personal information held by EPSDD, and how you may complain about an alleged breach of the Territory Privacy Principles.

Disclaimer: As detailed above, section 220 of the Planning and Development Act 2007 requires the Planning and Land Authority to publish representations. The authority is not able to verify the truth of any facts alleged in any representation and publication of a representation does not indicate acceptance of the opinions expressed by the author of any representation.

Application and supporting documents