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NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment
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The Energy from Waste facility at Eastern Creek is classified as a State Significant Development (SSD).


The process is as follows:

  • a development application is received by the Department
  • the Department prepare the Secretary’s Environmental Assessment Requirements (SEARs) that the applicant needs to address
  • the applicant prepares an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to address the SEARs
  • the Department publicly exhibit the EIS and consult with local councils, government agencies, other key stakeholders and the community
  • the Department publish submissions and ask the applicant to address any concerns or issues raised by the community, council and government agencies
  • the applicant prepares a formal Response to Submissions Report (RTS), which the Department publishes on their website
  • the Department assess the merits of the project, including the EIS, all submissions and community feedback, and the RTS
  • if there are more than 25 objections, a reportable political donation has been made, or the local council objects to the proposal, the application will be sent to the Independent Planning Commission for a final decision.

Page last updated: 05/06/2019