Cadia Continued Operations Project

About the EIS

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As part of the assessment process, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be developed. The EIS describes the key features of the CCOP and assesses the potential environmental and social impacts during construction and operation. The EIS document also makes recommendations on measures to manage and minimise potential impacts from the proposed project.

The EIS will cover topics such as social impact, economic impacts, air quality, noise, vibration, traffic, surface and groundwater, Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage, soils and agriculture and biodiversity impacts amongst others.

The CCOP is currently in Scoping Phase which is the first phase of the formal assessment process in NSW. The scoping phase assists to determine the detailed studies that need to be undertaken as part of the EIS, including the approach to engaging with the community and other stakeholders. The flowchart below shows the assessment process which will be undertaken for CCOP and indicative timing for key components.

This website provides an opportunity for the community to make comment on environmental and social issues and matters that the community would like to see considered in the EIS.

EIS flowchart Where are we up to now Upcoming Feedback and Engagement Sessions How can I be involved
EIS Flowchart
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Where we are up to now
  1. Scoping phase

    The CCOP is currently in the Scoping phase.

    Scoping is the first phase of the formal environmental impact assessment (EIA) process in NSW. Scoping identifies the matters and impacts that are likely to be relevant to the project and identifies the required level of assessment for each environmental and social issue to be addressed in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

    The scoping phase includes the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) being issued by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE). The SEARs provide clear direction on what needs to be assessed in the EIS, how it should be assessed and to what level of detail.

    An important part of the scoping process involves engaging with the local community and other stakeholders. We value the input from our community and would like you to be a part of the CCOP. Regular meetings will be held to provide an opportunity for community involvement and feedback, with this website to be updated as the project progresses.

    An important part of the scoping process involves engaging with the local community and other stakeholders. We value the input from our community and would like you to be a part of the CCOP. Cadia personnel will schedule and hold regular meetings to provide an opportunity for community involvement and feedback, with this website to be updated as the project progresses.

    In addition to the meetings scheduled and held by Cadia personnel, Umwelt will be undertaking independent initial consultation activities with landholders and key stakeholders during March 2022, to collect information to inform a detailed Social Impact Assessment (SIA), as part of the Environmental Impact Statement for the Project. These consultation activities will commence with a phone call from Umwelt personnel to our stakeholders, requesting your feedback via a series of survey questions, or alternatively to schedule a more convenient time to complete the survey.

    Feedback during these engagements seek to understand:

    • Communities level of awareness and interest in Cadia’s operations, and the Cadia Continued Operations Project more specifically
    • Communities experience of Cadia’s existing operational impacts
    • Possible positive or negative impacts associated with the Project from a community and stakeholder perspective
    • Ideas about how the Project could better manage and/or enhance impacts
    • Current community needs, issues, and challenges in the region

    If you would like to speak with a member of the Umwelt Social Team please contact or complete the survey online here Participation is completely voluntary, and you may remain anonymous if you choose. All information you provide is confidential and will only be used in aggregated/deidentified form in analyses and reporting. It is important to also note that there will be ongoing opportunities for community participation and feedback throughout each stage of the planning and assessment process for the CCOP.

  2. EIS phase

    The EIS phase involves the formal assessment of the matters and impacts identified during the Scoping Phase. The EIS is a document which aims to provide both technical analysis to allow a detailed understanding of impacts and mitigation measures by those with an interest, responsibility or expertise in specific matters, as well as a summary of these matters in non-technical language for those who wish to understand the project at a more general level.

    The EIS is required to demonstrate how any impacts associated with the CCOP have been minimised, mitigated and/or offset, along with a discussion on alternatives considered in planning the development. The EIS must provide clear justification that the CCOP is in the public interest and the effects of any residual impacts are outweighed by the benefits of the development.

    The EIS will be managed and prepared by Umwelt (Australia) Pty Ltd who have commissioned (to date) over 10 individual specialist consultancies to complete the technical assessments. Current guidelines require that the EIS is prepared by a Registered Environmental Assessment Practitioner, in accordance with comprehensive set of guidelines produced by the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment (DPIE), to improve confidence and ensure quality assurance in the assessment process.

    Throughout the preparation of the EIS, consultation with community, government and other stakeholders will continue with the scope of works associated with the EIS and technical studies reviewed and updated as required. Community stakeholders will also be updated on the outcomes of environmental assessments in accordance with engagement protocols established during the Scoping Phase.

    At the conclusion of the EIS Phase, the EIS will be placed on public exhibition with community and government stakeholders invited to review and comment on the outcomes presented in the EIS and CCOP generally. The NSW DPIE and other government agencies will review the EIS as part of the Assessment Phase where submissions made on the CCOP will be carefully considered.

  3. Assessment phase

    Once the EIS is placed on public exhibition, the Assessment Phase will commence. This phase, effectively managed by the NSW DPIE, involves the detailed assessment of the EIS against guidelines, policies and impact assessment criteria (by the NSW DPIE) such that a recommendation with respect to approval (including conditions of approval) can be made. In completing this assessment, the NSW DPIE will take into account technical assessments undertaken by other government agencies, as well as the comments and questions of any submissions made on the CCOP.

    Where submissions, or the DPIE’s own assessment, identifies matters where there is uncertainty over the proposed development, impacts or management, the NSW DPIE will request further clarification or assessment before completing its assessment.

    Once responses to requests for further information have been made, the NSW DPIE will complete its assessment of the EIS and CCOP and refer its Assessment Report and recommendations to the determining authority. Where less than 50 unique objections have been lodged, all relevant local Council’s support the development application and the Proponent has made no donations to political parties, the development application may be determined by the Minister for Planning (or under delegation by executive officers of the DPIE on behalf of the Minister). Where the number of unique objections exceeds 50, where one or more local Council’s object, or where the Proponent has made donations to political parties, the CCOP will be referred to the Independent Planning Commission for determination.

    Following determination, a period of 28 days is available to any objector (or the Proponent in the instance where the development application is refused) to refer the decision to the Land and Environmental Court.

Upcoming Feedback and Engagement Sessions

30 March

Cadia District Protection Group Workshop

  • Venues and times TBA based on community feedback

27th April

Residents Meeting workshops

  • Wednesday 27 April 2022
  • 6:00PM - 8:00PM
  • Cadia/Ridgeway Training Centre (1460 Cadia Road, Orange NSW 2800)

19 – 29th April

Regulator and Council workshops

  • Venues and times TBA based on community feedback

27th April

ECCO workshop

  • TBC

26 – 29th April

Belubula Landholder Group

  • TBC

By request



  • TBC

EIS chapters – proposal assessment categories

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EIS chapters – Conclusion

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