• No results found

Ord River Irrigation Area Stage 2 M2 Supply Channel Compliance Ord River Irrigation Area Stage 2 M2 Supply Channel Compliance Assessment Report 2019

N/A
N/A
Protected

Academic year: 2023

Share "Ord River Irrigation Area Stage 2 M2 Supply Channel Compliance Ord River Irrigation Area Stage 2 M2 Supply Channel Compliance Assessment Report 2019 "

Copied!
102
0
0

Loading.... (view fulltext now)

Full text

To be submitted to the Office of the Environment Protection Authority, Western Australia, in accordance with the requirements of Ministerial Statement 938 issued under the Environmental Protection Act 1986. This compliance assessment of progress with the implementation of Ministerial Statement 938 for period 1/1/ 2019 to was undertaken on behalf of the Proponent, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development of Western Australia. It assesses and makes recommendations for the fulfillment of the conditions applied to the development of the Ord River Phase 2 irrigation area (Supply Canal M2) as defined in Ministerial Declaration 938 issued by the Minister of Environment and administered by the Department of Water. and Environmental Regulation.

A full revision of the PMM to meet EPA's current, results-based requirements began in 2017, but is not yet complete. The recent improvement of the Legune/Keep River Road will indirectly contribute to pressures on the Keep River habitat through increased recreational fishing pressure.

INTRODUCTION

P ROJECT BACKGROUND

THIS DOCUMENT MAY BE USED ONLY FOR THE PURPOSE FOR WHICH IT IS COMMUNICATED AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT FOR THE COMMISSION. Goomig Farm Goomig Buffer Zone Knox Plain Farm Lots Knox Plain Buffer Zone Sorby Hills.

Figure 1 - M2 area (Goomig and Knox) location plan
Figure 1 - M2 area (Goomig and Knox) location plan

P ROJECT APPROVALS

P ROPONENT

CURRENT STATUS

C LEARING , DEVELOPMENT AND OPERATION

Weaber Plain – Goomig

Knox Creek Plain

C HANGES TO APPROVALS AND MANAGEMENT ARRANGEMENTS

C OMPLIANCE A SSESSMENT P LAN REQUIREMENTS

The Proponent shall implement the Final Decommissioning Plan required by Condition 7-1 until such time as the CEO determines that decommissioning is complete. The CAP will be revised to accommodate the new PMM when it is finalized by the Proposer and accepted by DWER (EPA Services). This will be informed by suggestions made in the current CAR (this document) and previous CARs relating to the 938 statement.

AUDIT METHODOLOGY

P LAN

  • Purpose and scope
  • Audit period
  • Audit criteria
  • Methodology

Audit tables containing management and monitoring measures from the EMP and its Knox EMP supplement have been prepared. Where the Knox EMP measures differed, additional audit items were included in the EMP audit tables and identified as KEMP in the item column. One or more annual on-site inspections. Formal on-site inspections were carried out with KAI on 19 July 2019 and DPIRD on 28 November 2019.

These regular inspections included advising the Land Manager (KAI) on active management to ensure compliance with Statement 938 conditions and EMP actions. Ongoing compliance discussions with DPIRD staff throughout 2019 and early 2020 provided additional information for this Statement 938 and EMP compliance review.

T ERMINOLOGY

On-site and off-site consultations and interviews with proponent, subcontractor and other personnel in positions appropriate to inform the audit process. Compliant) C Implementation of the proposal has been performed in accordance with the requirements of the audit element. Non-compliant NC Implementation of the proposal has not been performed in accordance with the requirements of the audit element.

This term applies where the requirements of the audit element are not "complete" or have not been met during the reporting period. The term 'In Process' may not be used to describe the compliance status of an implementation condition and/or procedure that requires implementation throughout the life of the project (eg implementation of a management plan).

AUDIT FINDINGS

C OMPLIANCE WITH CONDITIONS

Compliance with Schedule 1

Compliance with Environmental Management Program actions

Previous auditors have recommended that a review of the groundwater monitoring regime is required under the EP Act. This current audit also concludes that a full review of the EPBC Groundwater Monitoring Plan and associated actions and monitoring regime is required, in collaboration with the IRG, and notes that the groundwater actions included in the 2013 OBP (as the basis for this audit) was taken. of the EPBC approved Groundwater Management Plan. The DW1GS was functioning poorly in 2019, but at the time of preparation of this SAR, with support from the IRG, was undergoing a full operational review.

However, the intent of the action is being met through routine buffer inspections during bore monitoring rounds at the beginning and end of each dry season. The intent of the action is met through routine buffer inspections during bore monitoring rounds at the beginning and end of each dry season.

Table 6 – Potential EMP non-conformances summary (including response to previous PNCs)
Table 6 – Potential EMP non-conformances summary (including response to previous PNCs)

O VERALL AUDIT FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Strategists, 2013b, Ord River Irrigation Area Stage 2 (M2 Supply Channel), Compliance Assessment Report – Statement report prepared for LandCorp. Strategists, 2014, Ord River Irrigation Area Stage 2 (M2 Supply Channel), Compliance Assessment Report – Statement report prepared for LandCorp. Strategists, 2015, Ord River Irrigation Area Stage 2 (M2 Supply Channel), Compliance Assessment Report – Statement report prepared for LandCorp.

Strategists, 2016, Ord River Irrigation Area Stage 2 (M2 Supply Channel), Compliance Assessment Report – Statement report prepared for Department of State Development. Strategists, 2017, Ord River Irrigation Area Stage 2 (M2 Supply Channel), Compliance Assessment Report – Statement report prepared for Department of State Development.

STATEMENT OF COMPLIANCE: POST-ASSESSMENT FORM 2

The information required in paragraph 3 must be provided for any non-compliance or potential non-compliance identified during the reporting period covered by this Declaration of Conformity. Was this non-compliance or potential non-compliance reported to the Chief Executive Officer, DWER. What are the details of the non-compliance or potential non-compliance and, if relevant, the extent and consequences of the non-compliance or potential non-compliance.

What is the exact location where the non-compliance or potential non-compliance occurred (if applicable). please provide this information as a map or GIS coordinates). What measures, if any, were in place to prevent non-compliance or potential non-compliance before it occurred.

MINISTERIAL STATEMENT 938 AUDIT TABLE 2019

Overall Ongoing Compliant The 2018 CAR assessed compliance with the terms in accordance with the approved CAP. Prepare and maintain annual compliance assessment reports in accordance with the approved compliance assessment plan. Perform a compliance assessment. The petitioner recommended that the revised EMP (in preparation) will provide clearer triggers and compliance assessment criteria and incident reporting requirements regarding issues related to water runoff through the revised stormwater and groundwater runoff management plan supported by the IRGC.

The approved compliance assessment plan for Statement 938 requires submission no later than June of the year following the reporting period. This is a temporal non-compliance and is not considered material considering the mitigating factors assumed by. The proposer has carried out reviews of requirements for handling groundwater and rainwater under the guidance of the independent review group established under EPBC 2010/5491.

The auditor's assessment is that the purpose of the EMP is met, despite the eleven (6% of the total) technical non-conformities identified in this review. Design The Proposer shall implement the proposal in accordance with the July 2011 “Final Project Design Plan” or subsequent amendments approved by the Executive Director. Management Program” dated July 2011 required by Condition 5-1 or subsequent revisions approved by the Executive Director.

The initiator will execute the Final Decommissioning Plan as required by Condition 7-1 until the CEO determines that the decommissioning is complete. The initiator will disclose the Final Decommissioning Plan required by Condition 7-1, as required by the CEO. Make the final decommissioning plan available to interested parties or the public upon request and within 7 days of receipt of the request.

STATEMENT 938 SCHEDULE 1 AUDIT TABLE

S1_2.2 Land managed as a buffer 42,500 ha Site inspections conducted on 19 July 2019 and 28 November 2019 indicated continued buffer management and exclusion from development. In compliance Previous compliance reports have indicated that 11,562.41 ha have been set aside and managed as a buffer, in relation to the Weaber Plain/Goomig of the proposal. Buffer management associated with the Knox Creek Plain has not yet begun as cleanup and construction have not begun in Knox.

Comply with A total of 7416.21ha in Weaber Plain has been cleared or developed as land for irrigation since inception. NR No activity related to the Wyndham Port facilities has occurred or is required at this time. KAI advised the rest is accounted for by M2 channel losses, which arise as a result of the extra capacity size (more than Goomig requirements) therefore evaporation and.

The stretch of channel M2 between structures M2C3 and M2C4 holds up to 390 ML, of which 100 ML is considered "Operational Storage", i.e. The WA Government, through LandCorp, has received approvals to realign Moonamang Road (also known as Keep River Road or Legune Road) from the end of the Goomig development, to the WA border, through the Knox Creek plain.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PROGRAM (SUB-PLAN) AUDIT TABLES

Demarcate the boundaries of the vegetation to be cleared for construction in the field with flag tape, signage or fencing. Verify the adequacy of the estimated leaching rate (approx. 100 mm/a) to combat sodicity in accordance with the sub-plan Groundwater Management. To reduce the potential for contamination of the environment with agricultural chemicals by securing the farm in question.

To prevent potential contamination of the environment and harm to individuals by ensuring appropriate storage and handling of chemicals. To prevent potential contamination of the environment by ensuring appropriate storage and handling of fertilizers. For determining the appropriate level of response according to the grade (or classification) of the spill.

However, as most public use areas are being cleared (e.g. sewers, canal banks) and regular informal inspections followed by weed treatment, the intent of this monitoring action is - to ensure that weed infestations in common areas are kept to a minimum - be integrated into daily farming activities. Where deeper drains are required, the excavated surface of the drain is compacted to reduce seepage. To collect baseline and ongoing groundwater data to identify any adverse impacts on the receiving environment resulting from the proposal.

Monitor water flow To preserve Continuous from 2019.EMP104a Conformant The Proponent has initiated a full operational review of the NA item amended in Water conducted a vegetation condition assessment of the Knox Creek Plain Buffer Area in the previous audit period. To improve the ability of the buffer to reduce the potential impacts of elevated groundwater levels and minimize diffuse groundwater discharge (including salts) to downstream watercourses.

Contact DPW regarding their plans for implementing the State's Cane Toad Strategy (DEC 2009) in the development area. To maximize the opportunities for the involvement of traditional owners in the ongoing management of the buffer area. Conduct a weed survey of the project area to establish baseline information in accordance with the Weed, Plant Pathogen and Pest Management Sub-Plan.

MG Corporation will be involved in inspections of the Project Area throughout construction (with supporting briefing).

EVIDENCE REGISTER

Figure

Figure 1 - M2 area (Goomig and Knox) location plan
Table 2 respectively present approvals relevant to the M2 area:
Table 1 and
Figure 2 – Goomig-Knox Satellite Image - 21 December 2019
+5

References

Related documents

Project Status Activity Delivery Start Date Completion Date Budget Comments Murray Creek, Haliday Bay Carpark & Footpath Construction External Early April 2021 End of June