Planning and Environmental Approvals
The majority of the Snowy Scheme is located within Kosciuszko National Park, which we consider as our backyard. We have operated the Scheme in an environmentally responsible way over many decades.
Snowy 2.0 is going through a comprehensive, well-established and transparent planning and environmental approvals process. The first stage of the project, Exploratory Works, have been approved and work has commenced. For more information see the Exploratory Works Portal. The approvals process for Snowy 2.0 Main Works is underway and work can only proceed when the relevant approvals are in place.
Integral to the Snowy 2.0 planning process is the declaration by the NSW Government that the project is Critical State Significant Infrastructure (CSSI) under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 (NSW). The CSSI declaration recognises the importance of the Snowy 2.0 project to NSW and sets out a clear and rigorous planning approval pathway that Snowy 2.0 must follow. A comprehensive Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is being developed for Snowy 2.0 Main Works, addressing the project’s environmental, social and economic impacts.
Members of the community have an opportunity to review the EIS and make submissions during the public exhibition period. After reviewing submissions, Snowy Hydro prepares a report that responds to the issues raised.
The Snowy 2.0 Main Works EIS will be submitted in 2019. The EIS will be assessed by the NSW Department of Planning and Environment and approval may also be required from the Commonwealth Minister for the Environment and Energy under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (Cth).