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Guthalungra Aquaculture

Project overview*

EIS statusApproved with conditions
DescriptionPrawn aquaculture facility on an 800-hectare site.
ProponentPacific Reef Fisheries (Bowen) Pty Ltd
Location/sNear Guthalungra, adjacent to Elliot River, north Queensland. Map
Local government/sWhitsunday Regional Council
Key features
  • 259 aquaculture ponds covering 260 hectares
  • 370-megalitre seawater storage pond
  • 47-hectare discharge remediation area
  • intake and discharge water pipelines to Abbot Bay, approximately 5.5 km long
  • freshwater storage pond and water reticulation system
  • seafood processing facilities

* Project information supplied by proponent and subject to change.

Environmental impact statement (EIS) process

* 11 December 2015The Coordinator-General extended the currency period for the Evaluation Report to 12 December 2016.
22 December 2011The Coordinator-General extended the currency period for the Evaluation Report to 12 January 2014.
2 November 2011Commonwealth Minister for the Environment's notification of variation of approval conditions.
4 March 2010Commonwealth Minister for the Environment's approval of 'controlled action', subject to conditions.
11 January 2008Coordinator-General's EIS report released.
20 February 2007 to
19 March 2007
Public consultation on Supplementary report to the EIS. Complete Supplementary report to the EIS available at State Library of Queensland (record number: 631928)
22 October 2003 to
4 December 2003
Public consultation on EIS.
22 June 2002Terms of reference for EIS (PDF icon 315 KB) released.
15 June 2001Gazettal of 'significant project' declaration (PDF icon 192 KB)
January 2001Initial advice statement (PDF icon 2.9 MB) submitted.
29 January 2001Project deemed a controlled action by Commonwealth Minister for the Environment. Project to be assessed under bilateral agreement.
15 January 2001Project referred to Commonwealth Minister for the Environment (EPBC 2001/138).

* The proponent lodged a marine parks permit in December 2011, and as a consequence, the Coordinator-General's evaluation report was current  on 11 December 2015.

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Further information

For more information, visit the Pacific Reef Fisheries (Bowen) Pty Ltd website.

Last updated: Monday, Jul 26, 2021