It was identified that to cope with forecast growth in cargo volumes, Port Kembla would need to be expanded. In March 2011, approval was granted for the development of Port Kembla's Outer Harbour to provide additional land for operational facilities and future berth construction.
Stage 1A Reclamation Works constituted the first component of construction. The purpose of this work was to:
- create 6.9ha of additional port land suitable for further development to allow storage and handling, and processing of bulk cargoes
- allow for construction of Cement Australia's cement grinding mill factory.
Cement Australia commenced operations on the Port Kembla Outer Harbour Development in 2013 after these reclamation works were complete.
There are concurrent Concept and Project Approvals under the former Part 3A of the Environmental Planning & Assessment Act for the entire Concept Plan and Stage 1 of the Outer Harbour Development respectively (Application No. 08_0249).
A detailed Environmental Assessment report was also prepared. This considered the potential impacts of the development on a range of factors, including:
- sediment and water quality
- hydrodynamic processes
- aquatic and terrestrial ecology
- road and rail,
- air quality
- cultural heritage.
The Minister for Planning granted approvals for the Concept Plan and Stage 1 of the development.
NSW Ports is committed to ensuring compliance with all our environmental obligations. Reviews are undertaken regularly, along with independent environmental audits to verify compliance is achieved.
Complaints will be recorded on a register that shall be available to the Department of Planning and Infrastructure for inspection.