EPA consultation and public comment

Welcome to the EPA consultation hub

Providing opportunities for public participation and consultation is an integral part of environmental impact assessment and developing sound environmental protection policies in Western Australia. The EPA publishes all documents open for public comment on this consultation hub.

Don’t think that you are only one voice and you won’t make a difference. Just one well-reasoned submission that raises a valid concern or offers a constructive suggestion can be very helpful and important.

Please note that appeals on reports and recommendations of the EPA must be made to the Minister for Environment through the Appeals Convenor at www.appealsconvenor.wa.gov.au.

Go to the EPA's website here.

As the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation (DWER) transitions to Environment Online, some proposals will be available for consultation on the new Environment Online Portal.

Open Consultations

  • Newman Hub (Western Ridge) Derived Proposal

    BHP propose to expand existing mining operations at the Newman Hub in the Pilbara, approximately 2 kilometres (km) southwest of Newman. The Proposal is a derived proposal for mining operations at Newman (Western Ridge) authorised by the Pilbara Expansion Strategic Proposal, Ministerial Statement...

    Closes today

  • Mt Weld Rare Earths Project – Life of Mine Proposal - Additional Information

    Mt Weld Mining Pty Ltd is proposing to expand its existing Mt Weld operations (mining, processing, and ancillary activities) to a life of mine (LOM) extent, located 35 kilometres (km) south-east of Laverton in the Northern Goldfields Region of Western Australia. An Environmental Review...

    Closes 11 June 2023

  • Smiths Beach Project – Environmental Scoping Document

    Smiths 2014 Pty Ltd proposes to develop Lot 4131 Smiths Beach Road, Yallingup for a coastal tourism village. A draft Environmental Scoping Document (ESD) has been prepared by Strategen-JBS&G in accordance with Environmental Protection Authority procedures and is released for public review.  ...

    Closes 13 June 2023

  • Koombana Bay Marine Structures - Public Environmental Review

    The South West Development Commission is proposing an upgrade to the marine structures that are intended to meet existing demand and future requirements for small craft maritime infrastructure. This includes new mooring facilities for commercial and recreational vessels, floating jetties, a boat...

    Closes 26 June 2023

  • City of Gosnells Town Planning Scheme 6 Amendments 166 & 169 – Maddington Kenwick Strategic Employment Area (MKSEA) - Environmental Review

    The City of Gosnells has initiated Amendments 166 and 169 to rezone land within the Maddington Kenwick Strategic Employment Area (MKSEA) from ‘General Rural’ to ‘Business Development’. Amendment 166 applies to Precinct 3B, and Amendment 169 applies to Precinct 2 within the MKSEA. An...

    Closes 7 August 2023

Closed Consultations

  • Forest Management Plan 2024-2033

    The Forest Management Plan 2024-2033 (FMP 2024-2033) is a statutory plan for the management of approximately 2,522,000 hectares of land and waters vested in the Conservation and Parks Commission in the south-west of Western Australia, in accordance with the Conservation and Land Management Act 1984...

    Closed 18 May 2023

  • Telfer - Havieron Gold Mining Project

    Newcrest Operations Limited proposes to construct and operate the Telfer – Havieron Gold Mining Project (the Project). The Telfer Gold Mine is located about 55 km to the west of the Havieron Gold Mine and 400 km south-east of Port Hedland in the Great Sandy Desert region of Western Australia. The...

    Closed 16 May 2023

  • Albany Transhipment Proposal

    Southern Ports Authority propose to facilitate export of magnetite by allowing the construction of a new Berth 5 and expanding current anchorages in King George Sound. Berth 5 is to be constructed consisting of an offshore piled structure with mooring dolphins. Transhipment vessels will leave...

    Closed 11 May 2023

  • Ravensthorpe Lithium Project - Exploration

    Bulletin Resources Limited are proposing a mineral exploration programme on exploration licence 74/655 within the Shire of Ravensthorpe. The proposal is within the Cocanarup Timber Reserve located to the west of the Ravensthorpe townsite. The proposal would include a total disturbance...

    Closed 2 May 2023

  • Ridley Magnetite Project

    The Ridley Magnetite Project (the Proposal) is located approximately 57 km east of Port Hedland. The proposal is located within a 14,181 ha Development Envelope with an indicative disturbance footprint of 7,406 ha. The proposal is for the mining and processing of iron ore to produce 3 Million...

    Closed 2 May 2023

We Asked, You Said, We Did

Here are some of the issues we have consulted on and their outcomes. See all outcomes

We asked

Public comment was invited on the referral to help the EPA determine the appropriate level of assessment.

You said

There is public interest about the environmental effects of the proposal. Many of the matters raised relate to the future broader development plan at Carlton Plain (Stage 2 and 3), Mantinea and Tarrara.

We did

Due to the public interest in the proposal, the EPA will release the Environmental Management Plan for public comment for 3 weeks. As part of the consultation process, the EPA Chairman will be available to meet with interested people in Kununurra during the review period, to discuss matters related to the Environmental Management Plan.

Read further information about the EPA's decision on level of assessment here.


We asked

Public comment was invited on the referral to help the EPA determine the appropriate level of assessment.

You said

There was one comment on this referral, requesting it be assessed as a Public Environmental Review.

We did

The EPA considers that the likely environmental effects of the proposal are not so significant as to warrant formal assessment. The potential environmental impacts on Flora and Vegetation and Terrestrial Fauna can be adequately dealt with under Part V Division 2 (Clearing) of the Environmental Protection Act 1986. The potential environmental impacts on Inland Waters Environment Quality, Terrestrial Environmental Quality and Rehabilitation and Decommissioning can be adequately dealt with under Part V of the Environmental Protection Act 1986.

We asked

Public comment was invited on the referral to help the EPA determine the appropriate level of assessment.

You said

There were 32 comments on this referral; 22 recommended an API B level of assessment and 10 indicated a PER.

We did

The EPA determined not to assess the proposal as it considers that the proposal is not so significant as to warrant formal assessment. Public advice was provided to the proponent on the management of feral animals. Potential discharges can be dealt with under Part V Division 3 of the EP Act.