A message from Ipswich City Council

Thank you for taking the time to share your concerns about the proposed Remondis Waste to Energy Facility. Council has received a number of enquiries and in the interest of presenting consistent information has prepared the below FAQs for your reference. As more information is made available about the project, we will continue to share this with you and the general public on our Shape Your Ipswich page.

If you would like to be kept up to date with latest information on this matter, please register with Shape Your Ipswich (above right) and then hit the 'Follow' button (below the page heading).

Information about the proposal is available from the Queensland Government’s Department of State Development, Tourism and Innovation’s website, which can be found here.

The initial advice statement prepared by the applicant and submitted to the department can be accessed here. This is the same information that council currently has access to.

Please regularly check the State Government department website to keep up to date on the process. Unfortunately, at this stage, there does not appear to be any automatic procedure to notify interested parties when new information is posted. Council will endeavour to share information as it becomes available. If you would like to get all the latest information from council, please register with Shape Your Ipswich (top right) and then hit 'Follow' button (below the page heading).

As the proposal is declared a State Government Coordinated Project, we therefore recommend that you contact your local state MP expressing your views about the proposal.

Contact details for state members in the Ipswich City Council local government area can be found via the below links:

Lance McCallum MP, Member for Bundamba

Jennifer Howard MP, Member for Ipswich and Assistant Minister for Veterans’ Affairs and Assistant Minister of State

Jim Madden MP, Member for Ipswich West

Charis Mullen MP, Member for Jordan

Jon Krause MP, Member for Scenic Rim

The applicant for a coordinated project must prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or Impact Assessment Report (IAR). The EIS is prepared in accordance with the terms of reference for the EIS. The process is outlined on the department’s website, here.

The State Government, together with the applicant, controls all elements of public consultation for coordinated projects. In due course, the public will be invited to have input into:

  • The terms of reference for the Environmental Impact Statement
  • The draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • The revised Environmental Impact Statement (subject to the Coordinator-General)

Council has no details of when this is likely to occur, however we expect that the State Government will advise the council and the community when public consultation commences.

As the proposal is declared as a State Government Coordinated Project, the applicant will be required to get the tick of approval from the State Government, through the EIS process.

The State Government’s interest in the project will relate to, among other things, those matters that the state has direct responsibility for should the project proceed, such as ensuring the project complies with state regulations when it comes to environmental impacts, noise, odour, water quality and emissions.

Only once the State Government has approved the project will it come to council for assessment as a development application (against land use planning).

Like all development applications big or small, complex or simple; council cannot lawfully predetermine the decision until such time as it is presented to council. This could take up to two years depending on the State Government; and will only occur if the State Government approves the project first.

Council will have the same opportunities to provide input as the public, including:

  • The terms of reference for the Environmental Impact Statement
  • The draft Environmental Impact Statement
  • The revised Environmental Impact Statement (subject to the Coordinator-General)

At every stage, council will be advocating for the highest standards and rigour be applied to the assessment framework. In the first instance, council will develop a submission to the Coordinator-General about the drafting of the terms of reference. More information will be shared with the public on this in due course.

Thank you once again for showing interest in this matter. Ipswich City Council will endeavour to communicate further information on Shape Your Ipswich as it becomes available.