Kangaroo Island Proposal

Yumbah Kangaroo Island

The threat to Yumbah Kangaroo Island from the proposed seaport development.

Yumbah Aquaculture is the largest abalone producer in the Southern Hemisphere, and has been operating on Kangaroo Island for 22 years.

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) has lodged an application to build a deep-water seaport and woodchip processing facility at Smith Bay – next to Yumbah’s existing farm.

The proposal includes a 420m wharf, a massive woodchip pile, processing facility and a large concrete parking area for A-double logging trucks.

If the proposal were to go ahead, it would have a devastating effect on Yumbah’s business, with major impacts on the bay, marine life, biosecurity, local businesses and neighbours.

Click here to see what KIPT’s proposal would look like.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. At what stage of the planning process is the KIPT Seaport proposal?

KIPT lodged its Environment Impact Statement (EIS) with the SA Government on Monday 1 October. This document went through an adequacy check to establish whether it has sufficiently addressed the guidelines issued to KIPT.

Following the SA Government’s checking process, the EIS was released on 28 March for public consultation. The public consultation period closes on Tuesday 28 May, giving members of the public eight weeks to make their submissions for or against the proposal.

During this consultation period, KIPT will also hold public information sessions to provide the community an opportunity to ask questions about the proposal. See below for the details of these sessions:

  • Wednesday 1 May: 1pm – 7pm at Kingscote Town Hall
  • Thursday 2 May: 11am – 4pm at Parndana Town Hall
  • Tuesday 7 May: 12pm – 6pm at 50 Flinders St, Adelaide

After the eight-week public consultation period, KIPT will respond to the public submissions. The proposal will then be assessed by the Minister and a final decision will be made by the Governor.

2. What is an EIS?

An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is a document prepared to describe the effects of proposed activities on the environment. "Environment," in this case, is defined as the natural and physical environment and the relationship of people with that environment.

The areas that KIPT’s EIS covers includes:

  • EPBC Act - Matters of National Environment Significance (MNES)
  • Coast and Marine
  • Biosecurity
  • Economy
  • Air Quality
  • Alternative Locations
  • Alternative Structures (in water)
  • Community
  • Native Vegetation and Fauna
  • Traffic & Transport
  • Water
  • Noise & Light
  • Climate Change & Sustainability
  • Risks & Hazards
  • Infrastructure
  • Aboriginal & Other Heritage
  • Geology & Soils
  • Built Form & Design
  • Construction & Operation
3. How can I register my opposition to this seaport proposal?

During the eight-week public consultation period, members of the public will have the opportunity to make a submission to express their views about the proposal, and provide arguments about why the proposal shouldn’t proceed.

For more information about the proposal, and details about how to make a submission visit www.SaveSmithBay.com.au

4. What can I do to further help oppose this proposed development at Smith Bay?

It is important that anyone who has strong views about the proposal makes their voice heard.

In order to stop this ill-advised proposal, it is vital that the community rally together to ensure their voices are heard.

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