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Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) has lodged an application for approval to build a deep-water wharf on land it owns at Smith Bay on Kangaroo Island in South Australia. The wharf would be used to export blue gum and pine timber from plantations (primarily owned by KIPT) on Kangaroo Island.

To assess this application an environmental impact statement or EIS is being prepared at the request of South Australia’s Minister for Planning.

The EIS, which will be released for public consultation, is the next stage in the federal and state governments’ process of assessment.

The SA consulting firm Environmental Projects is preparing the EIS and has produced this website as one means of providing information about the EIS and as a portal for comments/views and/or queries.

The Proposal

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) has lodged an application to develop a deep-water wharf facility at Smith Bay to export plantation timber from Kangaroo Island. Currently there is no such facility on Kangaroo Island.

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The Proponent

Kangaroo Island Plantations Timbers (KIPT) is the only Australian timberland company listed on the ASX. It manages a wholly-owned portfolio of hardwood and softwood forestry plantations on Kangaroo Island.

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The Process

In February 2017 the South Australian Minister for Planning declared Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers’ proposal a major development under s.46 of the Development Act 1993 (SA). Section 46 ensures that matters affecting the environment, the community or the economy to a significant extent are fully examined and taken into account in the assessment of the proposal.

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