Public exhibition of Species Impact Statement addendum for proposed Ellerton Drive Extension

Queanbeyan City Council will place an addendum to the Species Impact Statement (SIS) for the proposed Ellerton Drive Extension on public exhibition from Friday 4 March.

The design for the proposed road has been progressively developed since the original SIS was exhibited for public comment in late 2014 and early 2015 and now includes areas for construction compounds, stockpile areas, access tracks and erosion and sediment control for construction. These details have added to the project footprint and have resulted in the requirement to produce a SIS addendum.

The additional area includes termite terrain which provides nesting habitat for the Rosenberg’s Goanna, which is classified as vulnerable.  A draft strategy to offset the environmental impacts created by the new design will also be addressed in the addendum.

Members of the community are invited to comment on the details included in the SIS addendum. Comments will be received between 4 March 2016 and Sunday 3 April 2016. Only comments specifically relating to the SIS addendum will be considered for the final Submissions Report. Submissions relating to the original SIS have been taken into account for the Determination Report.

An independent consultant has been assessing all exhibited documents to date; these include the Review of Environmental Factors, the SIS and the preliminary design, together with the draft Submissions Report. The consultant will also consider any new submissions that Council receives in relation to the SIS addendum.

The consultant will then prepare a draft Determination Report with recommendations for referral to the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage for concurrence. Once this process is finalised, the Determination Report will be presented to Council for consideration.

The SIS addendum will be available from Council’s Customer Service Centre, Queanbeyan Library and also online here during the exhibition period.