The Federation Press

Mills, Mines and Other Controversies

The Environmental Assessment of Major Projects

Overview

Major developments have the potential to generate significant economic benefit and substantial environmental damage — and major political controversies as local, State and federal governments become involved. Process can fracture all too easily as governments come under fierce and competing pressures.

This book is concerned with whether environmental impact assessment is an effective vehicle for protecting the Australian environment when major projects are in play. It scrutinises a major development in each State and territory and shows what happened and why things happened, which processes worked and which didn’t, and the roles of the different layers of government.

The case studies include the headline projects such as the Gunns Mill in the Tamar Valley, Queensland’s Traveston Dam, the dredging of Port Phillip Bay, the expansion of the McArthur River mine and the Gorgon Gas development of Barrow Island. The authors are leading academics and practitioners from around Australia.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Tim Bonyhady

Tasmania and the Gunns Pulp Mill
Andrew Macintosh and Michael Stokes

Northern Territory and the McArthur River Mine
Kirsty Howey

South Australia and the Penola Pulp Mill
Rob Fowler

Victoria and the channel Deepening Project
Brad Jessup

Queensland and the Traveston Crossing Dam
Larissa Waters

Western Australia and the Gorgon Gas Project
Hannes Schoombee

New South Wales and the Sandon Point Development
Jemilah Hallinan

The Australian Capital Territory and the Gunghalin Drive Expressway
James Prest

The Commonwealth
Andrew Macintosh

Postscript
Tim Bonyhady

Index

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