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Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers welcomes Major Projects declaration amendment by SA minister

KPT is planning to build a deep-water seaport on Kangaroo Island to ship timber it intends to harvest on the island.

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers Ltd - Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers welcomes Major Projects declaration amendment by SA minister
KPT will now submit an addendum to its draft environmental impact statement (EIS)

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers Ltd (ASX:KPT) has confirmed that the South Australian Minister for Planning, the Hon. Stephan Knoll, has today gazetted a revision to the original declaration of his predecessor, in which the proposed KI Seaport was designated a state significant project, to be assessed under Section 46 of the Development Act – Major Projects.

In his declaration today, Minister Knoll has amended the wording of the original declaration to incorporate a specific reference to a jetty structure.

This enables the orderly assessment of the revised design that was developed by KPT in response to community and agency feedback and which was announced on September 20, 2019.

This revised design is for a fully piled jetty structure extending about 650 metres offshore.

It thereby avoids any dredging or any interruption to natural water circulation processes, while increasing the separation from sensitive receptors.

Addendum to draft Environmental Impact Statement to be lodged

In particular, the new design does not elevate the likelihood of the nearby onshore abalone farm drawing in seawater that is affected by its own waste discharge.

The potential for overheating due to wastewater re-entrainment at the facility was new information revealed during the public consultation period conducted by the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure earlier this year.

An addendum to KPT’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to incorporate the revised design will be lodged with the Minister’s Department.

The Minister has discretion to conduct further public consultation on the revised marine design before the finalisation by KPT of its EIS Response Document, which is the last step in submitting the project for assessment.

KPT remains confident of a favourable outcome.

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