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CopperString Project Terrestrial ecology EIS and SEIS

Project for RLMS and CopperString Pty Ltd.  November 2010 and November 2011.

BAAM (in collaboration with 3d environmental) undertook a technical assessment of the terrestrial ecological values associated with development of the proposed CopperString Project, located in northern Queensland, and a subsequent assessment of potential ecological impacts from proposed activities and associated management measures. The report brings together relevant existing information regarding the terrestrial ecology of the study area and surrounds, and provides a foundation for project planning to achieve ecological sustainability.

Further detailed surveys and impact assessment were subsequently undertaken as part of an SEIS for the Project in response to requests for further information regarding certain terrestrial ecological values assessed as part of the CopperString EIS.  This primarily included a more detailed and targeted assessment of relevant matters of national environmental significance (MNES) under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cwth) (EPBC Act) and a more detailed assessment of mapping of terrestrial ecological significance at the State level. 

The SEIS report also considered changes made to the Project design subsequent to the submission of the EIS, including realignments and additional infrastructure components. Technical contributions were also made to a Biodiversity Offset Strategy for the Project, which was accepted by the Commonwealth SEWPaC along with the SEIS assessment report.