Include a comprehensive description of the existing environment and surrounds that will be, or are likely to be, affected by the proposed activity. Sensitive areas of the environment should be identified in this section. Section 3.4 of Proponents Guidelines for the Review of Environmental Factorsprovides further guidance.Description of the existing environment: Meteorological data: Topography: Surrounding land uses: Page 10 of 32
Geology/Geomorphology: Soil types and properties: Waterways including wild and scenic rivers: Catchment values:Coastal risk areas:Wetland communities including SEPP 14 wetlands: Flora (including flora of conservation significance):Fauna (including fauna of conservation significance):Ecological communities (endangered ecological communities and regionally significant communities):Critical habitat declared under the TSC Act:Page 11 of 32
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Recreation values:Scenic and visually significant areas:Education and scientific values:Interests of external stakeholders (eg adjoining landowners, leaseholders):Matter of National Environmental Significance under the EPBC Act:Page 13 of 32
8.Impact assessmentThis part of the REF provides an analysis of all possible impacts from the proposed activity and a description of any proposed mitigation measures. Section 3.7 of Proponents Guidelines for the Review of Environmental Factorsprovides further guidance on impact assessment and mitigation measures.8.1Physical and chemical impacts during construction and operationSection 3.8 of Proponents Guidelines for the Review of Environmental Factorsprovides further guidanceApplicable?*Impact level(negligible, low, medium or high; negative or positive;or N/A)Reasons(describe the type, nature and extent of impact, taking into account the receiving environment & proposed safeguards which will limit the impact)Safeguards/Mitigation Measures1. Is the proposal likely to impact on soil quality or landstability? 2. Is the activity likely to affect a waterbody, watercourse, wetland or natural drainage system? 3. Is the activity likely to change flood or tidal regimes, or be affected by flooding? 4. Is the activity likely to affect coastal processes andcoastal hazards, including those projected by climate change (e.g. sea level rise)?5. Does the activity involve the use, storage, or transportof hazardous substances or the use or generation of chemicals, which may build up residues in the environment?6. Does the activity involve the generation or disposal ofgaseous, liquid or solid wastes or emissions?