Tony McRae

Tony McRae

Former Minister for the Environment; Climate Change; Disability Services

    Community comment sought on Kemerton alignment

    21/09/2006 2:48 PM
     
    21/9/06

    South-West landowners have been urged to have their say on the current review of alignment options for the expanded Dampier-Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline (DBNGP).

    Assisting Planning and Infrastructure Minister Tony McRae said the review focused on several options for the pipeline in the Kemerton area and consultation would play an important role in determining the preferred route.

    “There is a need to balance environmental and social values carefully to achieve a route that will be able to deliver long-term gas supply to the South-West,” Mr McRae said.

    It is proposed that the DBNGP corridor be expanded from a width of 30m with two pipelines to a total width of 50m with a capacity to support up to six pipelines.

    The latest consultation process follows conditional approval from the Environmental Protection Authority for the expansion of the pipeline in the Kemerton area, which allows for the protection of potentially environmentally sensitive areas adjacent to the existing corridor by creating a duplicate corridor.

    An independent review of the original expansion options for the Kemerton alignment has been prepared and released for comment.

    The Minister said people had until October 16 to provide feedback on the review.

    “Through this community consultation process, the possible impact of each of the proposed options will be better understood by Government,” he said.

    “This is a final opportunity for landowners and affected parties to have their say.”

    A copy of the review ‘Dampier to Bunbury Natural Gas Pipeline Corridor - Review of the Kemerton Alignment’ is available from http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/kemerton or by contacting 9347 5133.

    Comments can be forwarded to the department by email or by post:
    infrastructure.corridors@dpi.wa.gov.au or -
    The Manager
    Infrastructure Corridors
    1 Midland Square
    Midland WA 6056.
    Submissions must be received by close of business on Monday, October 16.

    Minister's office - 9213 7150