Sydney Ports Corporation - Port Botany Expansion Environmental Impact Statement - NSW, Australia. Assistant Project Manager and co-author of an EIS for the proposed expansion of port facilities at Port Botany, NSW. This project involved a six month secondment to the Sydney Ports Corporation office in Sydney. The EIS assessed the impacts on the environment of both the construction of the new terminal and the subsequent stevedoring operations. The EIS process involved extensive and innovative community consultation initiatives and scientific investigations. Role included extensive liaison with managers of Sydney Ports Corporation, managing and critically reviewing internal specialist reports and external sub-consultant reports, and writing various chapters of the EIS including community and government agency consultation, aquatic and terrestrial ecology, noise, air quality, cultural heritage, visual impact assessment, social impact assessment, bird hazard, waste, energy, cumulative impacts, and environmental management and monitoring. Role also included preparation of a Species Impact Statement (see below). The project is currently under construction and is one of the largest port projects to be undertaken in Australia in the last 30 years.
Sydney Ports Corporation - Port Botany Expansion Species Impact Statement - NSW, Australia. Assistant project manager and co-author of a Species Impact Statement (SIS) for the Port Botany Expansion EIS at Port Botany, NSW (see above). Role included extensive literature review of existing ecological information, baseline vegetation surveys, mapping of coastal dune heath and saltmarsh, and assessing the impacts to state-, federal-, and internationally-listed migratory shorebirds as a result of the proposed Port Botany Expansion. Role also included advice for the reconfiguration of Penrhyn Estuary to enhance existing migratory shorebird habitat as a mitigation measure. The SIS was prepared in close consultation with a shorebird expert and included as a technical appendix in the EIS.
NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources – Environmental Impact Statement for Structural Works at Lakes Menindee and Cawndilla - NSW, Australia. Co-author of an EIS for the Menindee and Cawndilla Lakes Structural Works at Menindee, NSW. The Menindee Lakes system provides essential water to local irrigated farmland in Broken Hill, New South Wales, and to South Australia and Victoria. The objective of the structural works was to achieve greater flexibility in operating the lakes, improved security of water supply, water savings more natural drying conditions in Lake Cawndilla, reduced siltation problems in Lake Menindee, and more natural hydrologic conditions in the lower lake system. Role included several site visits and writing various chapters of the EIS including aquatic and terrestrial ecology, noise, air quality, land use, and visual impact assessment. Role also included preparation of the aquatic and terrestrial ecology technical report (see below).
NSW Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Natural Resources - Environmental Impact Statement for Structural Works at Lakes Menindee and Cawndilla – Terrestrial and Aquatic Ecology Report - NSW, Australia. Assistant project manager and co-author of a terrestrial and aquatic ecological assessment for the Menindee and Cawndilla Lakes Structural Works EIS at Menindee, NSW (see above). Role included a literature search of existing ecological information relating to the site, baseline surveys of semi-arid and wetland flora, opportunistic fauna surveys, targeted searches for state- and federally-listed threatened flora and fauna, an assessment of likely impacts from the proposed works on flora and fauna and the recommendation of mitigation measures to ameliorate any potential impacts on flora and fauna. Role also included extensive consultation with government departments and the local Menindee Aboriginal community. The report was prepared for, and included as a technical report, in the EIS.
Caltex - Caltex Clean Fuels Project Statement of Environmental Effects - NSW, Australia. Co-author of a Statement of Environmental Effects (SEE) prepared to assess the environmental impacts of the construction and operation of the Clean Fuels Project. The Clean Fuels Project involved a program of works within the Kurnell Refinery, NSW, to allow the production of fuels that met federally mandated specifications. Role included a tour of the refinery and its existing operations, community and government consultation, critically reviewing sub-consultant reports, and writing various chapters of the SEE including terrestrial ecology, noise, air quality, cultural heritage, land use, and visual impact assessment. Subsequent to preparing the SEE, role included preparation of the Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) for the project. This included reviewing the environmental protection and management measures proposed in the SEE and preparation of various management sub-plans for identified key environmental issues during construction and development of the project. Environmental management procedures were developed in close consultation with Caltex.
Telstra – Operational Environmental Management Plan for Maintenance Activities in Sydney Catchment Authority Areas of Operation - NSW, Australia. Project manager and author of an Operational Environmental Management Plan (OEMP) for maintenance activities in Sydney Catchment Authority areas of operation. Role included the identification of all Telstra sites within the Sydney Catchment Authority catchment, typical maintenance activities undertaken at each of the sites, and the preparation of an OEMP for these maintenance activities. Extensive liaison with Telstra managers was undertaken as part of the project.
Eraring Energy, Gamesia Energiast, TME Australia Pty Ltd., Crookwell II Wind Farm Environmental Impact Statement – New South Wales, Australia. Project manager and co-author of an ecological assessment for the Crookwell II Wind Farm EIS southeast of Crookwell in NSW. Jointly, the company’s proposed to construct and operate an additional 46 wind turbines and associated facilities at the site of an existing wind farm (Crookwell I). The project would have a maximum generating capacity of 92 MW of renewable energy. Role included baseline vegetation surveys, targeted surveys for state and federally-listed threatened flora and fauna, and a fauna habitat assessment. Role also included the coordination of a bird and bat hazard analysis. The report was prepared for, and included as a technical report, in the EIS. The project was successfully permitted in 2005.