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
Where we are up to now
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 https://www.umwelt.com.au/social-community/ or complete the survey online here https://ccopsia.questionpro.com. 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.
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.
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
Cadia District Protection Group Workshop
- Venues and times TBA based on community feedback
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
26 – 29th April
Belubula Landholder Group
Chapter 1 – Introduction
This chapter provides a brief outline of the proposal including an introduction to the proposal location, scope and planning approval process. It outlines the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) and where they have been addressed in this Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
Chapter 2 – Statutory and Planning Framework
This chapter describes the planning approval process for the proposal as well as other relevant environmental and statutory approval requirements.
Chapter 3 - Strategic Justification and Proposal Need
This chapter outlines the NSW strategic planning framework relevant to the proposal. It identifies the need for the proposal for reducing and managing the flood risk in the Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley and the proposal objectives. A statement of strategic need and justification concludes the section.
Chapter 4 - Proposal Development and Alternatives
This chapter describes the various alternatives to the proposal that were considered as part of its development process and explains how and why the proposal was selected as the preferred option in accordance with the Secretary's Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs). Design refinements for particular elements of the proposal are also addressed.
Chapter 5 - Proposal Description
This chapter provides a sufficiently detailed description of the proposal's components and activities, including of ancillary components and activities, required for its construction and operation.
Chapter 6 – Consultation
This chapter summarises the stakeholder and community consultation before and during the preparation of this Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). It includes details of consultation methods and the stakeholders consulted. The chapter also provides an overview of the key issues raised by stakeholders and the community and where relevant, how these concerns have been addressed through the design of the Warragamba Dam Raising and through the preparation of the EIS. Proposed future consultation is also outlined in the chapter.
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Chapter 7 – Air Quality
This chapter provides an assessment of air quality impacts and risks during construction of the proposal and recommends measures to manage or mitigate these impacts.
Chapter 8 – Biodiversity Upstream
This chapter presents the findings of the biodiversity studies undertaken to assess the upstream impacts of an increase in temporary inundation from the operation of the Flood Mitigation Zone, including impacts on threatened plants, animals and ecosystems. The chapter presents the findings of these studies and identifies measures to manage, mitigate or offset impacts.
Chapter 9 - Biodiversity Downstream
This chapter presents the findings of the biodiversity studies undertaken to assess the downstream impacts from the changes in flooding regimes due to the proposal. It presents the impacts and proposes mitigation and offset measures.
Chapter 10 – Biodiversity Construction
This chapter provides an assessment of biodiversity impacts from clearing and other indirect sources for the construction of the proposal. The chapter also details measures to offset, avoid or mitigate impacts.
Chapter 11 - Aquatic Ecology
This chapter presents an assessment of impacts to aquatic ecology from construction and operation of the proposal. This assessment includes consideration of impacts identified in other chapters which may also impact aquatic ecology, including potential changes to water quality, flood behaviour and geomorphology.
Chapter 12 - Matters of National Environmental Significance
This section provides an assessment of impacts to Matters of National Environmental Significance (MNES) during construction and operation of the proposal.
Chapter 13 – Biodiversity Offset Strategy
This chapter details the proposed strategy to offset impacts from the construction and operation of the proposal. The strategy contains a comprehensive program of monitoring, land purchases, supplementary measures and funding to offset impacts on the threatened species, threatened ecosystems, National Parks and World Heritage areas.
Chapter 14 - Climate Change Risk
This chapter provides an assessment of the vulnerability of the proposal to potential impacts from climate change. It also details the features of the proposal that have been included to specifically address climate change impacts.
Chapter 15 - Flooding and Hydrology
This chapter describes flood modelling undertaken for the proposal and describes the changes in flood extents, durations, characteristics and impacts for a range of flood events including critical flood events. It assesses changes to the existing hydrological regimes both up and downstream of the dam.
Chapter 16 - Health and Safety
This chapter presents an assessment of potential human health impacts from the construction and operation of the proposal. Measures to manage and mitigate these impacts are proposed.
Chapter 17 - Non-Aboriginal Heritage
This chapter identifies non-Aboriginal heritage items that would be directly impacted by construction and indirectly impacted by the operation of the proposal. It assesses the potential impacts on these items and identifies appropriate management and mitigation measures to minimise impacts.
Chapter 18 - Aboriginal Cultural Heritage
This chapter describes the survey and other work undertaken to identify Aboriginal cultural heritage values and sites potentially impacted by the proposal. The chapter contains an assessment of potential direct and indirect impacts of the proposal, and proposes measures to avoid, manage, and mitigate potential impacts.
Chapter 19 - Noise and Vibration
This chapter predicts the noise and vibration impacts from construction of the proposal. It also details appropriate noise and vibration mitigation and management measures to minimise any impacts.
Chapter 20 – Protected and Sensitive Lands
This chapter identifies the areas of land affected by the proposal that are considered protected or sensitive under relevant legislation. It assesses the potential impacts to these areas and identifies measures to manage or mitigate these impacts.
Chapter 21 - Socio-economic Impact Assessment
This chapter identifies the socio-economic impacts and benefits which may occur in local and regional communities as a result of the proposal. This include the benefits of flood mitigation on downstream communities, the potential impacts and opportunities for local communities and any socio-economic effects due to upstream impacts. Mitigation measures to minimise any negative impacts are also discussed.
Chapter 22 – Soils
This chapter describes the existing soil landscapes and characteristics in the study area and assesses any impacts during construction and operation of the proposal. This includes consideration of geomorphology impacts both up and downstream and identifies measures to manage or mitigate impacts.
Chapter 23 – Sustainability
This chapter provides an assessment of sustainability opportunities for the construction of the proposal in accordance with relevant tools and guidelines. It recommends measures to improve sustainability during construction and operation.
Chapter 24 - Traffic and Transport
This chapter provides an assessment of traffic and transport impacts on the local road network during construction of the proposal. It also assesses the benefits and the impacts of the proposal on downstream river crossings and evacuation routes. It identifies measures to manage or mitigate any impacts.
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Chapter 26 - Waste
This chapter provides an assessment of waste produced as a result of construction of the proposal. Measures to reduce, reuse, recycle and manage this waste are proposed in the chapter.
Chapter 27 - Water Quality
This chapter provides an assessment of water quality impacts during construction and operation of the proposal. This include assessing the potential risks to raw drinking water supplied by Warragamba Dam and the impacts downstream from the discharge of water from the Flood Mitigation Zone. Measures to manage or mitigate potential water quality impacts are proposed.
Chapter 28 - Cumulative Impacts and Interactions
This chapter provides an assessment of cumulative impacts of the proposed Warragamba Dam Raising as identified in the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs).
Chapter 29 - Proposal Justification and Conclusion
This chapter provides a summary of the proposal including a description of activities that approval is being sought, unavoidable impacts, mitigation measures and an overall justification for the proposal based upon the technical assessments in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).