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Open for Public Comment
Draft Terms of Reference for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement
Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project

15 Nov 2019

The Northern Territory Environment Protection Authority (NT EPA) has released the draft Terms of Reference for the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement for the Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project for public review.

The Department of Trade, Business and Innovation proposes the construction and operation of a common user ship lift, repair and maintenance facility approximately 700m east of the existing East Arm Wharf and Marine Supply Base in Darwin Harbour.

The key components of the Proposal comprise:

  • waterside infrastructure, including a common user ship lift, wet berths and a manoeuvring basin
  • landside infrastructure, including a vessel wash-down area, dry berths, and a blast and paint facility.


Construction activities include dredging and the reclamation of an intertidal area (including mangroves) with dredged material.

The NT EPA decided that the Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project requires assessment under the Environmental Assessment Act 1982 at the level of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).

The draft Terms of Reference were developed by the NT EPA to assist Department of Trade, Innovation and Business in preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Darwin Ship Lift and Marine Industries Project.

The draft Terms of Reference are now available for public comment. Comments are to be submitted on or before COB Friday 29 November 2019.

To obtain a copy of the draft Terms of Reference and to make a submission visit www.ntepa.nt.gov.au/envirocomment.