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Mills, Mines and Other Controversies

Mills, Mines and Other Controversies

The Environmental Assessment of Major Projects

Edited by Tim Bonyhady and Andrew Macintosh


Major developments have the potential to generate significant economic benefit and substantial environmental damage – and major political controversies as local, State and federal governments become involved. Process can fracture all too easily as governments come under fierce and competing pressures.

This book is concerned with whether environmental impact assessment is an effective vehicle for protecting the Australian environment when major projects are in play. It scrutinises a major development in each State and territory and shows what happened and why things happened, which processes worked and which didn’t, and the roles of the different layers of government

The case studies include the headline projects such as the Gunns Mill in the Tamar Valley, Queensland’s Traveston Dam, the dredging of Port Phillip Bay, the expansion of the McArthur River mine and the Gorgon Gas development of Barrow Island. The authors are leading academics and practitioners from around Australia.


Tim Bonyhady
Tasmania and the Gunns Pulp Mill
Andrew Macintosh and Michael Stokes
Northern Territory and the McArthur River Mine
Kirsty Howey
South Australia and the Penola Pulp Mill
Rob Fowler
Victoria and the channel Deepening Project
Brad Jessup
Queensland and the Traveston Crossing Dam
Larissa Waters
Western Australia and the Gorgon Gas Project
Hannes Schoombee
New South Wales and the Sandon Point Development
Jemilah Hallinan
The Australian Capital Territory and the Gunghalin Drive Expressway
James Prest
The Commonwealth
Andrew Macintosh
Tim Bonyhady




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Published 26 April 2010
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781862877573
Australian RRP $59.95
International Price $55.00
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