Proponent: Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
The Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics is proposing to upgrade 73km of gravel road between Pirlangimpi and Pickertaramoor on Melville Island. The works include pavement lifts, re-gravelling, sealing to a two-lane standard, formation widening, realigning, installation of drainage structures, overall improvements to the flood immunity and progressive rehabilitation of cleared areas. The upgrades would include development of 23 gravel pits, 14 road alignments and access to water extraction with a total land clearing requirement of up to 296.4 hectares.
Stage 1: Referral
NT EPA notices
Statutory notice (25 May 2022)
The NT EPA invited public comment on a referral for standard assessment submitted by the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics to upgrade 73km of gravel road to bitumen on Melville Island, 80km north of Darwin.
Interested persons were invited to make a submission by 22 June 2022. The NT EPA made this notice in accordance with regulation 52(1) of the Environment Protection Regulations 2020.
|Submissions received on the referral||Type|
|Aboriginal Areas Protection Authority||PDF 594.4 KB|
|Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security (DEPWS)||PDF 1.8 MB|
|Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade - Resources||PDF 82.4 KB|
|Department of the Chief Minister and Cabinet - Economic and Environment||PDF 65.5 KB|
|Department of Territory Families, Housing and Communities - Heritage||PDF 258.5 KB|
|Northern Territory Police, Fire and Emergency Services||PDF 143.3 KB|
|Referral form||PDF 1.7 MB|
|Referral report||PDF 6.6 MB|
|Appendix A - Risk Assessment||PDF 873.1 KB|
|Appendix B1 - Biodiversity Report||PDF 19.6 MB|
|Appendix B2 - Biodiversity Report||PDF 16.7 MB|
|Appendix B3 - Biodiversity Report||PDF 15.7 MB|
|Appendix B4 - Biodiversity Report||PDF 13.7 MB|
|Appendix B5 - Biodiversity Report||PDF 17.3 MB|
|Appendix B6 - Biodiversity Report||PDF 2.3 MB|
|Appendix B7 - Biodiversity Report||PDF 19.4 MB|
|Appendix B8 - Biodiversity Report||PDF 3.7 MB|
|Appendix C - Hydrological Assessment||PDF 18.8 MB|
|Appendix D - Road Corridor Assessment||PDF 8.7 MB|
|Appendix E - CEMP Framework||PDF 7.2 MB|
|Appendix F - Protected Matters Search||PDF 109.7 KB|
|Appendix G - AAPA Certificate (not published)|
|Appendix G - Heritage Report||PDF 306.5 KB|
|Appendix H - Traffic Impact Assessment||PDF 900.3 KB|
|Appendix I - Noise and Vibration Impact Assessment||PDF 8.3 MB|
Stage 2: Assessment
Assessment by referral information
The NT EPA decided the method of environmental impact assessment to be by referral information (tier 1). A general overview of timeframes under the EP Act is available in the flowchart of the environmental impact assessment process .
Stage 3: Assessment completed
NT EPA notice
Statutory notice (3 October 2022)
The NT EPA completed its environmental impact assessment on 14 September 2022 and provided its Assessment Report and draft Environmental Approval to the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Security, under sections 64 and 65 of the EP Act.
The Assessment Report and draft Environmental Approval may be inspected and obtained above.
The NT EPA publishes this notice in accordance with section 67 of the Environment Protection Act 2019.
Once the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water Security’s decision is made, it can be viewed on the Environmental approvals page.