OPR is committed to avoiding and minimising environmental impacts related to the Oakajee Port and Rail Development and its operations. OPR will strive for beyond compliance with respect to all of its activities.
OPR is developing an Environmental Management System (EMS) that will be implemented prior to commencement of construction. This EMS will ensure appropriate management, monitoring and reporting of all environmental aspects associated with all construction and operation activities undertaken by OPR and its contractors. This EMS will be developed in accordance with ISO 14001.
State Environmental Approval
OPR requires environmental approval under Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (WA). In 1997, the WA Minister for Environment released a statement granting environmental approval for a deepwater port at the Oakajee site. The statement included a number of conditions, including implementation of Environmental Management Plans which are under development.
OPR has submitted Public Environmental Reviews (PERs) for the Terrestrial Port and the Rail Developments to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA), which were released for public comment from 2 August to 29 August 2010. The proposals have been assessed by the EPA.
Key approval documents relating to assessment of each component of the Oakajee Port and Rail Project under the EP Act may be accessed via the links below:
Commonwealth Environmental Approval
OPR has referred the project under the Commonwealth Government’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) due to potential impacts to matters of National Environmental Significance (NES). The project has been referred in three components, Port Marine, Terrestrial Port and Rail.
The Commonwealth Environment Minister approved the Oakajee Deepwater Port (Port Marine) Referral on 10 June 2011 and set the level of determination as ‘Not a Control Action (NCA) Managed in a Specified Manner’ (EPBC2010/5760).
The Commonwealth Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities (SEWPaC) has assessed the Rail Development under a bilateral assessment process with the State. A bilateral assessment is when the State environmental impact assessment process is used to inform the Commonwealth impact assessment, removing the need for a separate process. Having considered OPR environmental impact assessments and the proposed environmental controls imposed by the State the Commonwealth Environment Minister approved the Oakajee Rail Development on 17 June 2011.
The Port Terrestrial Development was assessment under a Preliminary Documentation Level of Assessment, due to its potential to impact on Carnaby’s Black Cockatoo habitat. Approval was granted in September 2011.
Key approval documents relating to assessment of each component of the Oakajee Port and Rail Project under the EPBC Act may be accessed via the links below: