Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979 No 203
113 Publicity and examination of environmental impact statements
(1) A determining authority shall give notice in the prescribed form and manner that a copy of an environmental impact statement prepared by or submitted to it, as referred to in section 112 (1), may be inspected at:(a) the office of the determining authority and the Department at any time during ordinary office hours, andwithin such period, being not less than 30 days after the day on which the notice is given, as may be specified in the notice.(b) such other premises operated or controlled by them respectively and at such times as may be prescribed,(2) Any person may, during the period specified in the notice, inspect the environmental impact statement (except any part thereof the publication of which would, in the opinion of the determining authority, be contrary to the public interest by reason of its confidential nature or for any other reason) and may within that period make representations in writing to the determining authority with respect to the activity to which the environmental impact statement relates.(3) A determining authority shall, as soon as practicable and not less than 21 days before carrying out an activity or granting an approval in relation to an activity, being an activity referred to in section 112 (1), furnish to the Director-General a copy of any representations made to it under subsection (2) with respect to the activity.(3A) The determining authority must, at that time, also forward copies of those representations to the Environment Protection Authority if the activity is a scheduled activity under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997.(4) A proponent not entitled to copyright in an environmental impact statement referred to in section 112 (1) shall be deemed to have indemnified all persons using the environmental impact statement for the purposes of this Part against any claim or action in respect of a breach of copyright in the statement.(5) Except where the Minister has directed that an inquiry be held in accordance with section 119 or Division 4 applies, the Director-General may examine or cause to be examined in the Department an environmental impact statement furnished in accordance with section 112 (2) and any representations made with respect to the activity to which the statement relates under subsection (2) and shall forward, as soon as practicable to the relevant determining authority, a report containing the findings of that examination together with any recommendations arising therefrom.(6) After the report referred to in subsection (5) has been forwarded to the determining authority, the Director-General shall make public that report.(7) Any public authority or body to which an appeal may be made by or under any Act in relation to the activity the subject of an examination carried out under subsection (5) shall, in deciding the appeal, consider and take into account the report forwarded to the determining authority under that subsection.(8) In this section, environmental impact statement includes a fauna impact statement and a species impact statement.