THE federal government has given the go ahead for the proposed $1.39 billion Toondah Harbour development to continue to the environmental impact statement stage.
Walker Corporation’s property development director Peter Saba said the organisation welcomed the decision on the company’s referral.
The EIS process will include consultation but in the meantime Walker has a consultant conducting a “listening post” event at local shopping centres.
Walker unveiled an updated proposed master plan for Toondah Harbour in June.
The revamped plan decreased the development size by 30 per cent but still included 3600 units.
Mr Saba said the updated plan took into account feedback from environmental and wetland experts, public submissions and the government.
The federal Environment Department declared the referral a controlled action on July 23.
Mr Saba said the company was waiting for details on the EIS which would address potential social, economic and environmental impacts of the proposed development during its construction and operational phases.
“We are looking forward to commencing the detailed EIS in the near future and moving closer towards the revitalisation of Toondah Harbour …,” he said.
Mr Saba said there would be a public consultation with opportunities to provide feedback.
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