Community Engagement

Community Information and Consultation Session – 17th July 2018


   Tuesday 17th July, 2018

Approximately 80 community members attended the community information and consultation session at Lindenow Hall on 17th July 2018.

The advertised purpose of the session was to present a preliminary overview and initial findings of technical studies being undertaken as part of the Environment Effects Statement – Air Quality, Biodiversity, Socioeconomic and Agriculture – and seek initial community feedback on the studies.

The EES process and technical studies are not complete. This session provided an opportunity for the community to hear about some of the draft studies and provide valuable input that can be taken on board in finalising the investigations and impact assessments.

Feedback from the session, which will be taken on board in planning future sessions, included:

  • PowerPoint presentations were hard to read – this will be rectified in future sessions.
  • Hand-outs on the day containing information being presented would enable more informed discussion during the session – hand-outs of presentations will be made available at future sessions.
  • Not enough information was provided about detailed impacts of the project – the studies are not complete, but future sessions will discuss more comprehensive study results.
  • The session enabled participants to discuss issues and concerns with other community members and formulate responses and questions – we will use a similar format for future sessions so that everyone can participate.
  • Attendees were able to hear the same information at the same time – this is an important request that has been communicated after previous drop-in sessions.
  • Everyone was able to participate – the session allowed for a lot of discussion at tables and the Q&A session at the end of the session allowed for participants to share their views and questions.

Kalbar acknowledges that community members want to see comprehensive, detailed information about the impacts of the project.

At this stage, some of this information is not available as the studies are incomplete. Information is being provided early in the EES process so that community feedback, questions, issues and concerns can be taken on board in completion of the studies and risk assessments.

This is in response to requests that information is provided progressively through the EES process, rather than waiting for all the technical studies to be finished. As a result, information provided will sometimes be incomplete and questions about the studies will require further investigation.

An overview of the session, including the Question and Answer session at the end of the evening, is provided at the link below:

Consultation Session – Overview and Notes of Q&A Session

The full combined presentation from the consultation session, including the Agenda, introductory information about the EES process and consultants’ presentations, is provided here:

Combined Presentation

Responses to the discussion and questions at each of the tables have been prepared and are provided below:

AIR QUALITY – Summary of Community Comment
BIODIVERSITY – Summary of Community Comment
SOCIOECONOMIC – Summary of Community Comment
AGRICULTURE – Summary of Community Comment
OTHER ISSUES – Summary of Community Comment

Kalbar welcomes further feedback on the studies and will endeavour to answer any questions about the studies and the EES process. Please feel free to e-mail us using the contact form or e-mail: contactus@fingerboardsproject.com.au

We plan to conduct further community sessions to obtain feedback on additional EES studies.