Gippsland East Nationals MP, Tim Bull, has requested an extension to the timeframe for public comment on the Environmental Effects Statement for the Fingerboards mineral sands proposal.
“Whilst I understand the Minister provided an initial extension of 10 business days, from 30 to 40 for feedback, given the size of the document and reports, I believe there is strong basis for pushing this timeline out further,” said Mr Bull.
“Given what we have been through this year and the interest in this project from a community perspective, I believe this is a reasonable request.
“There is time to have a further extension without it running into the Christmas period.
“It is important we give everyone the chance to digest the finer detail of some of these reports in their area of interest and they should be able to do this with more flexibility around time.
“I have already requested that the public hearings that will follow the exhibition period for the EES be re scheduled to early 2021, so allowing more time for public to consider the documents makes good sense,” he said.