To facilitate the potential increase in port throughput and to mitigate the risks caused by additional vessels utilising the port’s shipping channels, the Gatcombe and Golding Cutting channels will need to be duplicated in the future, and potentially other port shipping channels in the long-term.
Based on current and predicted shipping demand over the next five years, there is no immediate requirement for the Gatcombe and Golding Cutting channel to be duplicated.
Due to the long lead-in time required for pre-dredging tasks, including environmental baseline data collection, impact assessment, government approval processes, detailed design and dredge contractor procurement, it is necessary to undertake the preparation of the Channel Duplication Project Environment Impact Statement (EIS) over the next six to 12 months.
The project will include:
- Duplication of the existing Gatcombe and Golding Cutting channels
- Establish locations for long-term disposal of dredged material including capital and maintenance dredging in accordance with relevant legislation
- Relocation of existing, and placement of new, navigational aids for the channel duplication.
Environmental Impact Statement
The Coordinator-General has declared the project to be a significant project for which an EIS is required. The final Terms of Reference (TOR) received in December 2012 set out the matters to be addressed in the EIS associated with the State approval. The final EIS Guidelines were released for public comment by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) in March 2013.
The EIS process aims to ensure that the project’s potential environmental, social and economic impacts, both direct and indirect, are examined and addressed.
Whilst the Channel Duplication Project has been identified in the Port's strategic vision, only minor initial work has been undertaken so far, with no EIS completed or submitted to date.
Project staging and timing
The project is in the planning stages, with an expectation to submit a draft EIS for community and government consideration in early to mid-2016.
Project fact sheets
For enquiries or more information about the Gatcombe and Golding Cutting Channel Duplication please email or phone our Corporate and Community Relations Team on 1800 243 GPC.