SA Government releases EIS for Smith Bay deep-water port

The SA Government on Thursday, March 28 released the Environmental Impact Statement for Kangaroo Island Plantation Timber's proposed seaport at Smith Bay.

The EIS is now on public consultation until May 28 and is available online at www.sa.gov.au/planning/majordevelopments

The entire document is about 1500 pages long and can also be viewed at the KI Council building and the Commissioner's office. 

DPTI will host public information sessions from 1pm to 7pm on Wednesday, May 1 at the Kingscote Town Hall and then from 11am to 4pm on Thursday, May 2 at the Parndana Town Hall.

There will also be a session in Adelaide on May 7.

Written submissions on the EIS must be sent in by 5pm on May 28.

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers released a statement to the AEX following the EIS announcement by DPTI. 

"The company believes that the EIS sets a new standard for environmental assessment in South Australia, as is appropriate in a sensitive environment like Kangaroo Island," the ASX statement reads.

"The company will address all submissions that are received during the consultation period.

"It may modify its proposal to address any concerns and objections, or to increase the benefits of the proposed facility to the environment, economy and community.

"The company believes that the project will then be capable of receiving approval, given that the EIS demonstrates that its environmental effects are minimal and manageable, and that the mobilisation of the hitherto dormant timber sector on Kangaroo Island is of great benefit to the Island, the State and to Australia's exports more generally.

"For example, modelling by BDO EconSearch for the EIS shows that the resulting employment and economic growth on Kangaroo Island would otherwise take almost 30 years to accrue at current rates, in the process creating the equivalent of approximately 270 permanent full-time jobs."

The Islander is now seeking comment from various stakeholders. 

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