Engaged by DevelopmentWA and associated contractors, RPS' team of environmental consultants worked during the site selection phases to assess the suitability of proposed SIA locations.
RPS provided a range of services for five SIAs including environmental literature reviews, environmental assessment reports, GIS (geographical information systems) mapping and analysis, biological surveys, water monitoring, modelling, and planning advice.
1. Oakajee Port: a new iron ore export port and rail project north of Geraldton
RPS environmental consultants undertook an assessment of existing environmental and biological studies, conducted GIS analysis and mapping, developed an environmental management framework and completed an environmental impact assessment.
2. Anketell: a new multi-user port and industrial area in the Pilbara
Our team completed surveys and assessments during the planning phase in preparation for the subsequent subdivision and development of industrial land and proposed Anketell Port. Our services included:
- Project scoping and technical advice
- Environmental report and environmental impact assessment
- Site opportunities and constraints assessment
- Flora and fauna surveys
- Surface water and groundwater monitoring and modelling, and hydrological assessments
- Urban design and planning
3. Ashburton North: in the Pilbara region and designed for gas and downstream processing industries
Our services included a review of historical biological surveys and environmental reports, an environmental gap analysis report, baseline environmental mapping, flora and fauna survey and finalise the environmental assessment report.
4. Maitland: 2,500ha of land to facilitate the processing WA’s natural resources in the Pilbara region
RPS helped define the key environmental characteristics of the site, conducted policy reviews and identified potential impacts and mitigation measures. Our consultants also described the planning and environmental approvals framework and future governance for the Maitland SIA.
5. Kemerton: selected as a site for strategic and heavy industry in the state’s south-west regionRPS developed the Local Water Management strategy, which encompassed groundwater management, surface water management, waste water treatment, wetland management, and post-development monitoring, investigation and reporting.