Whaler’s Way Orbital Launch Complex in South Australia Releases Environmental Impact Statement for Public Review
the Eyre PeninsulaAustralia’s future role in the burgeoning space industry has taken another important step forward with the release of South launchWhalers Way Orbital Launch Complex Environmental Impact Statement (EIA).
The 3,200-page EIS document, which represents the culmination of three years of work, is now open for a six-week exhibition period. Once approved, the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex will become the first site in Australia capable of launching commercial satellites into orbit, allowing South Australia to begin capturing a portion of the global $ 5.5 billion space launch market.
“This is a very exciting development for us, for the future of South Australia’s space industry and for the local community.“Said the CEO of Southern Launch Wet Lloyd. “We are a proudly South Australian-based company that is the only organization in the country to have been granted launch facility licenses by the Australian Space Agency. We believe the natural advantages of the Eyre Peninsula mean it has an incredibly bright future in space. However, before we get to that, we must complete the considerable work that we have done on our environmental impact assessment.“
Southern Launch has clearance to undertake up to three small rocket test launches by the end of 2021. These launches will help collect vital noise and vibration data at launch events.
“We are absolutely committed to ensuring that our operations have a positive economic and social impact, as well as working to save the flora and fauna of Whalers Way for present and future generations.“said Lloyd.”This is an important opportunity for us to calibrate and maximize the environmental, economic and social benefits of our potential future operations and for people to understand the benefits that a space industry can bring to the Eyre Peninsula.. “
The public comment period runs from Thursday, August 5, 2021 to Thursday, September 16, 2021. There are several important ways to engage the community:
- The community will be invited to two briefings in Port Lincoln on Thursday, August 24 where they will hear – and have the chance to ask questions – presenters from the state government land use and planning departments and Southern Launch;
- The environmental impact study is available for download on https://plan.sa.gov.au/state_snapshot/development_activity/major_projects/majors/sleaford_southern_launch;
- They can find out more on the dedicated web page www.southernlaunch.space/eis; and
- They can have a say in this important development for the future of the Eyre Peninsula through a written submission on the state government’s PlanSA website.
“The publication of the EIS represents the culmination of a tremendous amount of work alongside government and independent experts, including MasterPlan who have been at the heart of this process.“said Lloyd.”We invite the residents of the Eyre Peninsula to say if they support this ambitious project and the associated new jobs in the local space industry it will bring to the Port Lincoln area. Please read our EIA, ask questions in the public information sessions, and put your support for this project in writing on the PlanSA website. I watch
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