We at EDO Qld have prepared a template for you to use when writing a submission under the EPBC Act's public comment opportunities.
The template is intended to be used as a guide only.
Please customise your response using your knowledge and expertise, relating to the project or action.
[# Use your letterhead or insert your postal address
To: Referrals Gateway
Environment Assessment Branch
Department of the Environment
GPO Box 787
Canberra ACT 2601
Via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Proposed Action: [# insert description and insert EPBC Act government reference number]
I am writing on behalf of [#insert group name, number of members and area of interest]. Thank you for the opportunity to comment on whether the proposed action should be assessed under the EPBC Act and what the controlling provisions should be.
In summary my submission states:
(a)The proposed action should be assessed under the EPBC Act as it is likely to have a significant impact/s on the following matters of national environmental significance for the following reasons:
(# identify matter 1 of national environmental significance and reason, giving authority or main expert reference)
(# identify matter 2 of national environmental significance and reason, giving authority or main expert reference)
(# identify matter 3 of national environmental significance and reason, giving authority or main expert reference).
(b) The action needs to be assessed using the following level of assessment for the following reason [#insert preferred method Preliminary Documents/ Public Environment Report/ EIS and reasons why that approach is appropriate]
# Where relevant include sections c and d as well
(c) [# If appropriate, the action has not been correctly described, or is really part of a larger action and the Minister needs to assess the larger action which is #X insert description]
(d) [ # If appropriate, alternative approaches could be used to achieve the same or a similar outcomes.]
Background [to your objection]
[#insert half a page only, as the public servants are more interested in matters of national environmental significance. Make sure that you point out any errors in the referral document]
# Where relevant detail the following sections.
[Only include this section if you think the action has not been properly described. For example if land clearing is described as “to maintain a cleared zone around an airport” but you have evidence that the developer is planning a subdivision for housing and that is the real purpose of the clearing you might ask the Minster to assess the whole development not what is on the referral form].
[Identify Matter of National Environmental Significance 1 – eg RAMSAR Wetlands]
Detail the significant impact the action will have on MNES 1
[Identify Matter of National Environmental Significance 2 – eg Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area]
Detail the significant impact the action will have on MNES 2
[Identify Matter of National Environmental Significance 3 – eg migratory species]
Detail the significant impact the action will have on MNES 3
Conclusion and Recommendations
#Summarise whether you believe the referral will have significant impacts and is a controlled action that needs to be assessed quite specifically.