Environmental assessment of Antarctic aviation open for public comment

A319 on ice runway at Wilkins Aerodrome
First landing of A319 at Wilkins Aerodrome, 2007 (Photo: Tom Delfatti)

Call for public comment concerning a draft Initial Environmental Evaluation of the Australian Antarctic Program Aviation Operations 2020-2025

The Australian Antarctic Program’s Proposed Aviation Operations for 2020-2025 are undergoing an Environmental Impact Assessment process. As part of this process, the proponent has prepared a draft Initial Environmental Evaluation.

The Australian Antarctic Division invites members of the public to submit comments on this document, and in particular to suggest additional, specific ways to reduce the proposal’s environmental impacts.

Further details of Comments to the Australian Antarctic Division should be made in writing and emailed to: eia@aad.gov.au

Please ensure that any submissions are received by COB on Friday 21 August 2020.

For more information, please contact the AAD Territories Team at eia@aad.gov.au.

The Initial Environmental Evaluation of the Australian Antarctic Program Aviation Operations addresses existing and proposed aviation operations in support of the Australian Antarctic program for 2020 to 2025.

NOTE: Separately to this IEE, the AAD is currently preparing a Comprehensive Environmental Evaluation (CEE) for the proposed Davis aerodrome, associated infrastructure and aviation operations for consideration under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and Antarctic Treaty (Environment Protection) Act (1980).