The Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has concluded its assessment of a proposal by Ms Elizabeth Hall for sand extraction in the Dorset municipality.
Ms Hall proposes to extract a maximum of 20,000 cubic metres per annum of aeolian sand from mobile dunes that are encroaching on wetlands and agricultural land. Site activities will include excavation of sands using a front‐end loader, screening to remove vegetative matter, stockpiling of sand in a storage and handling area, and loading of trucks before transport from the property
The EPA Director, Wes Ford made the determination under delegation from the EPA Board. He concluded the proposed development can be managed in an environmentally sustainable and acceptable manner, with certain conditions. The Board requires these conditions to be included in any permit subsequently granted by the Dorset Council.
"Various environmental issues were considered in the assessment, particularly management of extraction near conservation significant wetland areas," said Mr Ford.
"Permit conditions requiring wetland buffer areas and sediment management have been imposed to limit the potential for impact to wetlands," he said.
"Vehicles on site will be limited to 20 km/hr to ensure that noise and dust do not pose an environmental nuisance and vehicles exiting the site will require load covering or load dampening," Mr Ford said.
No representations were received in relation to the permit application. Public consultation was open for a 14 day period from 4 December 2019.
The proposal was considered by the Director in the context of the sustainable development objectives of the Resource Management and Planning System of Tasmania (RMPS), and in the context of the objectives of the Environmental Management and Pollution Control System (EMPCS) established by the Environmental Management and Pollution Control Act 1994 (EMPCA).
The functions of the EPA are to administer and enforce the provisions of EMPCA, to further the RMPS and EMPCS objectives and, in particular, to use its best endeavours to protect the environment of Tasmania.
The Director undertook the assessment of the proposal in accordance with the Environmental Impact Assessment Principles defined in Section 74 of EMPCA.
The Director’s environmental assessment report, including the environmental conditions, has been issued to the proponent, and provided to Dorset Council.
The decision by the EPA Director is available for viewing - E J Hall Sand Extraction, 1259 Waterhouse Road, Waterhouse.