Environmental Impact Assessment, Approvals and Monitoring

BMT WBM is recognised for preparing high-quality Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Environmental Management Plans (EMP) and associated studies.

The multi-disciplinary nature of our company means that many investigations can be addressed in-house. However, we also regularly partner with specialist sub-consultancies to provide a “fit for project” study team.

Preparation of such documents requires a comprehensive knowledge of all relevant national, state and local authority regulations, standards and practices that apply and the reporting requirements to satisfy these various approval processes.

We deliver value through working with our customers to develop solutions to address environmental impacts through the application of best practice environmental management measures, frank and robust consultation with regulatory agencies, and the formulation of innovative environmental mitigation, monitoring and offset packages.

In this regard, we specialise in:

  • Technical and environmental planning inputs into EIS processes for transport, energy, mining and urban development sectors
  • Regular liaison and consultation with Government Regulatory Agencies
  • Preparation, review and auditing of environmental management plans (EMPs)
  • The development and negotiation of development approval documentation including environmental mitigation and offset packages.

Recent Relevant Projects

Port of Townsville Expansion Study and EIS (Queensland)

Working with project partner AECOM, BMT WBM undertook a preliminary engineering and environmental study for the expansion of the Port of Townsville in North Queensland.  This work involved extensive water quality field data collection, oceanographic instrument deployment and numerical modelling of potential hydrodynamic impacts of different port configurations.

Following on from the delivery of the preliminary study, the port expansion project moved into the formal EIS stage, having been declared a significant project under the Queensland State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 and deemed a controlled action for the purposes of the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. 

Brisbane Airport Corporation New Parallel Runway EIS (Queensland)

Working with project partner Arup, BMT WBM prepared key chapters of the EIS/Major Development Plan for the New Parallel Runway at Brisbane Airport that was carried out under the Airports Act 1996 and the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.  Our technical experts undertook detailed assessments of project components related to sand extraction in Moreton Bay as well as reclamation of land on the Airport site and associated water quality and ecological studies of the airport land and neighbouring waterways. 

Following approval of the project by the Federal Government in 2007, BMT WBM continues to work with the Brisbane Airport Corporation in the context of meeting its environmental obligations and commitments under the EIS as well as a range of subsequent development permits and licences issued by the State and local government. 

LNG Industry in Port Curtis (Queensland)

BMT WBM’s long history and experience in the Gladstone region has been utilised in the context of contributing to several environmental investigations and EIS studies for the emerging LNG industry in Port Curtis.  This includes proposed LNG facilities on Curtis Island as well as on the mainland in the Gladstone State Development Area. 

BMT WBM’s services in this sector have included assessments of changes to coastal processes and water quality in response to proposed maritime infrastructure, modelling of wastewater discharges from sewage and desalination plants as well as assessing impacts and constraints of various pipeline alignments in sensitive coastal environments.