Environmental Offsets Strategy for Project LIFT

Project LIFT involves the expansion of the existing terminal building and apron, located in Coolangatta across both Queensland and New South Wales.

We have been engaged by Gold Coast Airports Ltd to develop and deliver the offset program in order to acquit the project’s offset requirements. This has involved determining offset requirements under Commonwealth, Queensland and New South Wales offset frameworks.

Having established that offsets were only required under the EPBC Act Environmental Offsets Policy, we used our compliant offset GIS database to identify potentially suitable offset properties in Northern New South Wales. A comprehensive offset strategy and package was developed, which has recently been approved by the Commonwealth.

We are currently in the process of implementing the strategy, which includes landholder engagement, preparation of offset access agreements, field verification of offsets (incorporating the New South Wales BioBanking Assessment Methodology) and development of offset area management plans.