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Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Environmental Effects Statement (EES) and Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) hearing cost East Gippsland Shire Council $730,688
Total external cost hearing of the fingerboards mineral sands project.
East Gippsland Shire Council has confirmed the total external cost associated with its involvement in the Fingerboards Mineral Sands Project Environmental Effects Statement (EES) and Inquiry and Advisory Committee (IAC) hearing. Total hearing costs amounted to $730,688 at the conclusion of the process in July, after 10 weeks, 36 hearing days and three directions hearings.
Pre-hearing preparation costs have been previously disclosed, with an additional for the review of the EES and preparation of the project technical review submitted by council's consultant
Cost of hearing
The cost of council's legal representation for the hearing is summarised as follows (all costs ex GST):
- IAC hearing legal representation: $585,473
- Expert witnesses: $145,215
- Total: $730,688
In February 2021, Council estimated hearing costs at $490,000 for the initial 31-day expected hearing timeline for legal representation only. Council was later briefed that the cost of legal representation for the hearing could rise to approximately $700,000, given an increase in preparation and hearing days as a result of more information being presented by other parties, the proponent introducing new material and revised expert statements and requests for adjournment.
Representation at the hearing was a decision of council in December 2020. Chief Executive Officer Anthony Basford said participation in the hearing came at a cost, but Council's continued representation was important for the community. "It's important for the local government to be at the table to provide feedback on the issues identified through the technical review and argue for good environmental, social and economic outcomes," Mr Basford said.
Council maintained its transparency with the community throughout the process and Councillors were kept fully briefed on all costs associated with the IAC hearing throughout. Pre-hearing preparation costs have been previously disclosed, with an additional cost of $140,000 for the review of the EES and preparation of the project technical review submitted by Council's consultant SLR Consulting Pty Ltd. This brings the total cost of Council's involvement to $870,989.
Mr Basford said participation in the IAC allowed Council to be able to highlight the deficiencies of the EES at the hearing. "We are now undertaking an advocacy process on the need for an urgent review of the EES process which, in its current form, puts local government and the communities it represents at a significant disadvantage in terms of the financial, social and human resource implications."
"We've written to several people including the Premier and the Minister for Planning and the Mayor, Cr Mendy Urie, has also taken the issue to the Local Government Mayoral Advisory Panel. A few possible solutions we're proposing to this complex issue include early planning to help reduce costs, funding to support the continuation of local government 'business as usual' functions and Technical Reference Group changes to support our ability to seek input from the community." Mr Basford said.
All details and recordings relating to the hearing can be found on the Engage Victoria website. This includes Council's full submission in the 'Tabled Documents' section of the webpage.
Pictures from Committee for Gippsland website.
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The lead into the Council election has begun and there are a few things that the council wants to remind you of.
- Baw Baw Shire Council grants over $140,000 to 34 community groups from 2021/22 grants
Council is set to deliver more than $143,836 in Community Development Grants to 34 non-profit organisations and associations to support the delivery of projects that make a positive impact for the Baw Baw community.
- Federal funding for Baw Baw Shire to increase protection from extreme weather events like bushfires and floods
Governments have invested in local projects under the Risk and Resilience Grants Program to further protect our communities.
- Thirty-five East Gippsland communities get strengthened disaster telecommunications
Thirty-five East Gippsland communities will soon receive telecommunications systems to help ensure resilient communications are available during emergency events.
- South Gippsland Shire Council update late October 2021
Updates about South Gippsland Shire events.
- South Gippsland Shire Council update late September 2021
The final podcast is now available in South GIppsland.
- Applications for Latrobe City Tourism and Major Events Advisory Committee are open until 18 May 2022
Invitation for the community to send their expression of interest with regards to the Latrobe City Tourism and Major Events Advisory Committee.
- Monaro Highway in East Gippsland is rapidly deteriorating and requires urgent attention from Victoria's road management
The Monaro Highway, a critical freight route in and out of East Gippsland, is the latest in the local roads network requiring urgent attention with local Nationals MP.
- South Gippsland Shire Council rates due 15 February 2022
Rates are due in full by 15 February unless you have elected to pay by an instalment or payment plan.
- South Gippsland Shire Council update early October 2021
Local residents are being encouraged to shop local as part of a new marketing campaign called 'Shop Local South Gippsland'.
- Omeo Caravan Park remedial works get high priority from East Gippsland Shire Council so opened in time for Easter
East Gippsland Shire Council is committed to having the Omeo Caravan Park reopened in time for Easter.
- Tim Bull warns of East Gippslanders seniors being scammed online out of considerable amounts of money
Tim Bull encouraged East Gippslanders being scammed out of considerable amounts of money residents to beware of scammers, not rushing through money transfers.
- Federal 'Building Better Regions Fund' invests $9.9M in Leongatha, Korumburra, Toora, Koo Wee Rup, Cowes and Woolamai Beach
Project funding that would create jobs for locals and will support the economic and social recovery of the region.
- Great Southern Rail Trail extension between Leongatha and Nyora October 2021 update
Project that will help enhance the accessibility and economic growth of the region.
- South East Melbourne Phoenix migrates to Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium in Traralgon for 2022 NBL season
South East Melbourne Phoenix takes a match against the Adelaide 36ers at the new-look stadium, million dollar upgraded Gippsland Regional Indoor Sports Stadium (GRISS).
- Voting for South Gippsland Shire Council extended to 6pm 29 October 2021
The close of voting for the South Gippsland Shire Council elections has been extended by one week to 6 pm Friday 29 October.
- Community feedback wanted on East Gippsland Council draft 2022-23 budget
East Gippsland Shire Council has proposed a 2022-23 Budget that will continue the largest capital works program in the shire's history, support local employment and continue the region's economic and social recovery.
- Celebrate East Gippsland Winter Festival from 17 June to 10 July 2022
Embrace the chill of the season in an abundant celebration of art, wine, local produce and live music across East Gippsland from 17 June to 10 July 2022.
- Research underway to strengthen Greater Glider possum population in Latrobe CIty with $50,000 grant from Victorian government
A research project is underway to study and strengthen the population of the Greater Glider possum, the largest gliding mammal in Australia.
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