I thought this was about dredging the Shipping Channel. What is a Material Change of Use?

One of the approvals required from Council is for a Material Change of Use, which is a subsequent approval to the Coordinator-General’s evaluation report on the final environmental impact statement.  It is only one of a number of applications associated with the Project.

The Material Change of Use approval relates to the components of the Project associated with the land based disposal of the dredged material consisting of soft clays at the Northern Sands Dredge Material Placement Area (‘NSDMPA’) and consists of the dredge material pump out facility; the dredge material delivery pipeline (approximately 8 km, including land and sea based components); the NSDMPA; and the tailwater discharge pipeline (approximately 1.5 km).

The NSDMPA is located at the Northern Sands sand extraction quarry and waste disposal facility situated within the Barron Delta.  The disposal of dredged material will occur within a bunded area which includes the existing lake on the land.  In order to facilitate the dredge material disposal within the lake, bunds of approximately 1 m above ground level are required to be constructed.

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Last updated: 24 January 2019