Four hundred submissions on the extension of the Dalton Power Project have been received by the Department of Planning and Environment following broad consultation with the community and industry.
The Department’s Executive Director for Resource Assessments, David Kitto, thanked the community for providing vital feedback which is considered in the assessment of the application.
“We really appreciate the strong community response – we received 400 public submissions for the Dalton Power Project extension,” Mr Kitto said.
“Community consultation is an important part of the planning process and we read every submission sent to us as part of our assessment. People have a right to give feedback on any application that has the potential to impact their community.”
AGL is seeking a two-year extension to the lapse date of its approval for the Dalton Power Project, located in NSW’s Southern Tablelands, from July 2017 to July 2019. The application for extension went on public exhibition for four weeks and closed on 13 April.
This application makes no changes to the approved Dalton Power Project.
“The project approval allows for the construction and operation of a 1000 megawatt gas-fired power station near Dalton. It would operate to supply electricity at short notice during periods of peak demand,” he said.
“This application was to extend the start date to the project by two years.”
“Of the public submissions received, 396 objected to the proposed extension of the lapse date, two supported it and two comments were also received.
“The community raised a number of issues in regards to the proposed extension, including a lack of community consultation by AGL, the need for a new environmental assessment, the effect on local farms, ongoing uncertainty, and economic impacts to the community which have changed since the project was approved in 2012.”
A majority of the submissions came from people located more than 50 kilometres away from Dalton, however about three-quarters of the Dalton community provided submissions.
AGL will now be required by the Department to respond to the issues raised in submissions by providing a formal Response to Submissions (RtS).
The Department will then assess the merits of the modification application, all public submissions and the RtS.
“Once the Department finalises its assessment, including consideration of public submissions, we will forward the application to the independent Planning Assessment Commission for a final decision,” Mr Kitto said.
To view the public submissions, visit majorprojects.nsw.gov.au