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Penalty Notices and Official Caution issued to Sibelco Australia Limited (MP 09_0091, Port Stephens Council LGA)

On 16 April 2020, the Department issued three Penalty Notices (3 x $15,000) and an Official Caution to Sibelco Australia Limited (Sibelco) for failing to implement the approved Biodiversity Management Plan (BMP) and the Environmental Management Strategy (EMS) at the Tanilba Northern Dune Extension Project. The Department’s investigation found that Sibelco failed to undertake monitoring for several threatened species (including the Koala, Wallum Froglet, and the Novel Uperoleia species), failed to expand and enhance koala habitat, and failed to undertake weed and pest management at the site.  Sibelco has since committed to undertake the biodiversity monitoring and management actions as required by the BMP and EMS.