PUBLIC NOTICE – LOWER VASSE RIVER SEDIMENT REMOVAL PROJECT, EPBC 2021/9051

Published on Friday, 3 December 2021 at 3:36:00 PM

The following notice is published pursuant to Section 95B (4) of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).

The City of Busselton proposes to remove a layer of nutrient-rich, fine organic sediments that has accumulated throughout the lower reach of the Lower Vasse River (Busselton) (EPBC 2021/9051). The sediment will be removed by dredging which will occur in stages. The first stage will occur in a section of the Lower Vasse between the Butter Factory Museum and the old boat ramp. The remainder of the river from the old boat ramp to the Busselton bypass will be undertaken later. The sediment provides a significant internal source of nutrients contributing to algal growth, impacting biodiversity and public amenity.


The proposed action was determined a controlled action under the EPBC Act with a Preliminary Documentation level of assessment. The controlling provisions are listed threatened species and communities (Sections 18 and 18A) and Ramsar wetlands (Sections 16 and 17B).

In accordance with Section 95A(3) of the EPBC Act, the City of Busselton made the referral and preliminary documentation available for viewing and public comment from the 3rd to 16th December 2021 (inclusive).


No written submissions were received. No changes to the proposed action have been made. The documentation for the action is on display and will be publicly available from 23rd December 2021 to 13th January 2022 (inclusive). This is for information purposes only, as the final date for providing comment has passed.

The documentation is available at the following locations:

  • Busselton Library, Stanley Place, Busselton
  • Department of Water and Environmental Regulation, 72 Duchess Street, Busselton

The documents can also be viewed electronically below. 

 

If you have special needs and require assistance in accessing the documents, please contact Angeline Dewson on (08) 9781 0474.

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