Full Environmental Assessment For Geelong Gas Project

first_imgFull Environmental Assessment For Geelong Gas Project VIC PremierA full environmental effects statement will be required for the proposed Viva Energy Gas Terminal Project at the Geelong Refinery Pier to ensure the project will have minimal impacts on Corio Bay’s unique marine environment.The proposal will be closely examined and subject to community submissions under Victoria’s strong environmental assessment process.The project would see construction of a new 300 metres floating storage and regasification unit berthed next to a 570 metre extension of the existing pier, as well as new nitrogen and odorant injection facilities and pipelines to connect the new terminal to the South West Pipeline at Lara.The EES will investigate the potential environmental, community and cultural impacts of the project including impacts on marine water quality, which may in turn impact on seagrass and habitat for reliant fauna species including birds and marine fauna.The Government will establish a technical reference group as part of the assessment process and establish draft scoping requirements for public comment.While the EES will deliver an assessment of the project’s environmental effects, the final proposal will still need to comply with a range of regulatory approvals, including legislative requirements under the Environment Protection Act 1970, Pipeline Act 2005 and Aboriginal Heritage Act 2006.As stated by Minister for Planning Richard Wynne“We owe it to the community and the environment to get this right and ensure this proposal is rigorously analysed by the most thorough environmental and cultural assessment tool available.”“The EES will investigate the proposal’s effects on native vegetation, wildlife and marine life and ensure best possible standards of environmental protection are in place.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Aboriginal, AusPol, Australia, community, environment, environment protection, Geelong, Government, habitat, Minister, pipeline, planning, project, quality, species, Victoria, water quality, wildlifelast_img read more

Fairway park again hosts Halloween trail Sunday

first_imgThe trail will be open Sunday in Fairway.Fairway’s annual Trail of Tricks & Treats is one of the parks departments largest events and it is back this Sunday evening at Peterson Park at 62nd and Mission Road.The trail winds through the open space in the park and is lined with Halloween lights and filled with games for young children. The event takes place from 5 to 7 p.m. and children can participate in a costume parade through the trail at 6:15 p.m.The cost is $3 per person (children two and under are free). Each child gets a trick-or-treat bag, breakaway neck lanyard and two glow sticks (one for the trail and one for Halloween night).Pie pumpkins will be available, while supplies last, for children to decorate and take home. New games added this year include basketball shoot, Plinko, Skeeball and others.The trail is targeted to children up to age 10.last_img read more

Five decades on and the world of property hasn’t changed much

first_imgSome of the stories we were covering in 1972 could, with a slight twist, have been written this week. Nine Elms had become interesting because of the move of Covent Garden Market south of the river; today it is the move of the US embassy that is making headlines (and will probably provide the occasion for a president Trump visit now that completion is nearing).The future of the area around Piccadilly Circus was under review, with three big property beasts battling it out; today things have partly been resolved by The Crown Estate renaming Lower Regent Street ‘Regent Street St James’s’. We can only hope that Haymarket doesn’t get similarly homogenised.Housing was a big issue at the time. Developers were seen as the chief cause of the shortage on account of their interest in office development. Harry Hyams was the man the intelligentsia loved to hate, because his development Centre Point remained empty for years, thus becoming an example of property as a trading commodity rather than a provider of social use. It was squatted for a weekend; I wonder if those involved thought the tower (courtesy of Mike Hussey) would be converted into apartments…Housing was a big issue in 1972. Developers were seen as the chief cause of the shortageCompared with today, the 1970s housing ‘shortage’ was a near miracle of supply and demand balance, although then – as now – if you were homeless that was of little comfort. Housing campaign group Shelter was in its first flush, and one can only wonder at how an organisation that has proved so unsuccessful manages to survive.As is sometimes the case in British public life, nothing succeeds like failure: the proposition is that without Shelter, things could have been even worse. Discuss.Bizarre initiativesNow the past seems more like another planet than another country. It is hard now to understand what prompted the madness of ‘office development permits’ and ‘industrial development certificates’, which were the property world’s equivalent of post-war butter ration coupons.Whitehall knew best; the high point of government attempts to ‘control’ the property market came when Anthony Crosland (the public school/Oxford University socialist who hated grammar schools) introduced the Community Land Act in 1975.This proposition lasted about five minutes, but it was a good example of how governments of all persuasions generally misunderstood the property market, thinking that the way to deal with it was by ever-increasing control, red tape and financial penalty.In respect of the office market, this also meant bizarre initiatives such as the publicly funded Location of Offices Bureau, whose role was to try to persuade employers to move their offices out of London because it was so horrible. (Younger readers please note: I am not making this up!)Source: Shutterstock/Paul D SmithEventually, the political establishment realised that the office market was providing the factories of today and decided to leave it alone.The consequence has been a broad balance of supply and demand across many decades; a vacancy rate generally somewhere between 7% and 12%; and in anything other than the very short term, a situation in which tenants have some choice while suppliers need to think about the quality of what they are providing. This has improved both product and choice, as the BCO Awards amply demonstrate.At the BCO dinner, I briefly suggested that those responsible for the housing market might learn something from their commercial peers, but I should have added that it is mostly the political class that needs to review the past 50 years if it wants to understand why housing supply has fallen far too short. Offices and shopping have not, even if for a long period the quality of design left much to be desired. The quantum was OK.This is why the prime minister’s speech at the Conservative Party annual conference was interesting: since when did any PM pledge £2bn to a housing strategy based on proactive policies of a sort not seen in either Tory or Labour policies since the 1960s? Who cares if she had a cough?The question now, for her as it is for London mayor Sadiq Khan, is whether financial commitment and stirring speeches can translate into actual delivery of homes on the ground. I wish I could say I was holding my breath.Paul Finch is programme director of the World Architecture Festivallast_img read more

Wilkins: Luiz deserved to be dropped

first_img Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook Embed from Getty ImagesRay Wilkins has insisted Antonio Conte was right to drop David Luiz against Manchester United.Blues boss Conte brought in Andreas Christensen for the game at Stamford Bridge and did not even include Luiz among the substitutes.AdChoices广告Luiz attracted criticism in the wake of last week’s Champions League loss to Roma and Wilkins believes the Brazilian should play in midfield rather than at centre-back.Speaking on Sky Sports News, former Chelsea player, coach and assistant boss Wilkins said Luiz deserved to be dropped.“He’s not been playing well. He’s lackadaisical as a defender. I think he’s a very good midfield player,” Wilkins said.“Christensen came in and played very well indeed in a massive game. How many times do you see Christensen in advance of the ball? You don’t, because he thinks defensively.“With Luiz, you see him in advance of the ball on numerous occasions in every game he plays and consequently we suffer defensively.“I thought the decision to drop Luiz was the right decision. He didn’t look anywhere near it against Roma. That was a poor performance.”Meanwhile, Conte has made it clear he is prepared to drop other players if he believes they are under-performing. See also:Morata’s goal gives Chelsea victory over UnitedMourinho: United deserved a pointChelsea v Manchester United player ratingsConte hails players after Chelsea victoryConte prepared to drop others after Luiz axelast_img read more