Ecology and Heritage Partners are currently leading a team of environmental consultants to prepare the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for a large Defence Housing Australia (DHA) urban development project at Lee Point near Darwin, Northern Territory.
The master-planned project will provide significant economic development and employment opportunities for the Northern Territory. It involves the construction of over 800 new homes, community infrastructure, a tourism precinct, open space and public recreation facilities.
The project will incorporate ecologically sustainable design principles by harnessing prevailing winds to assist with cooling, and capture and treat stormwater run-off to reduce erosion, and avoid pollution of local waterways.
The Lee Point area also provides habitat for the Black-footed Tree-rat Mesembriomys gouldii gouldii (pictured), a nationally endangered species, while internationally protected migratory shorebirds are known to use habitats along Casuarina and Lee Point beaches between late spring and early autumn.Our role is to streamline the approval process and ensure the EIS has the rigour and standards required to meet the tight project timeframes. Our team is working collaboratively to address approval conditions under the Commonwealth Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Northern Territory Environmental Assessment Act 1982. It will also involve the preparation of detailed monitoring programs and outline specific mitigation measures to ensure areas of environmental sensitivity are avoided, minimised and enhanced.
If you would like further information on how we can assist you on your project, please contact one of our consultants on 1300 839 325.
Black-footed Tree-rat Mesembriomys gouldii gouldii