ElectraNet has lodged their Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation (EPBC) referral with the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy and the public comment period is now open.
The purpose of a referral is to determine whether the proposed action will need formal assessment and approval under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Public consultation on a referral is a requirement of the EPBC Act and is part of the Commonwealth environmental approval process. A decision will be made by the federal minister for Environment and Energy and is expected within 4 weeks. The minister’s decision will trigger one of a range of pathways for environmental approvals that will be required.
You may view the referral here: http://epbcnotices.environment.gov.au/invitations/