Welcome to the East Arm Wharf Expansion (EAW) Project’s Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) website.

This  website is designed to keep you up-to-date on the progress and outcomes of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), developed under the Guidelines issued by the Environmental Heritage Assessment Division (EHA) of the Northern  Territory’s Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sports  (NRETAS).

The East  Arm Wharf  facility is the largest industrial port on Australia’s north coast. There are increasing demands on wharf infrastructure as well as identified future  requirements from major Darwin industries, including the Department of Defence and the oil and gas industry.

The  Northern Territory Government is proposing to expand the East Arm Wharf. Expansion of the wharf is necessary to meet Darwin’s needs into the future, particularly the increasing demand in bulk mineral export volumes and the growth of the oil and gas industry.

The  project will be the next stage of the expansion of the existing Port Infrastructure to meet the needs of the Northern Territory community and  economy into the future.

As  part of the development process a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) has been prepared in accordance with the provisions of the Northern Territory  Environmental Assessment Act (1982) and the EPBC Act, The planned expansion  activities to be considered in this environmental assessment falls within the  intent of the original 1993 DEIS and Master Plan for the East Arm Wharf.

Public  consultation is an important part of the EIA process including development of the DEIS, with the community kept informed on the latest developments and  provided with opportunities for input throughout the planning process. The  community and stakeholder consultation program includes this website, regular  newsletter updates and stakeholder and public consultations.


The DEIS has been placed on exhibition for public comment for from 17 June 2011 to 5 August 2011. The public exhibition has been advertised in the NT News and The Australian newspapers. 

The report can be examined for the duration of the public review period on the Department of Natural Resources, Environment and the Arts internet site at:


The report can also be viewed at the following locations:

  • Australian Government Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts Library, John Gorton Building, Parks, Canberra. 
  • Casuarina Public Library (e-mail: citylibrary@darwin.nt.gov.au, Ph: 8930 0230).
  • Darwin City Council Library. 
  • Development Assessment Services (Department of Planning and Infrastructure), Information Desk, Ground Floor, Cavenagh House, Cnr Cavenagh and Knuckey Streets, Darwin. 
  • EHA Division (NRETAS), 2nd Floor, Darwin Plaza, 41 Smith Street Mall, Darwin. 
  • Environment Hub, Rapid Creek (Shop 9 Rapid Creek Business Village,Pearce place, Millner). 
  • Minerals and Energy Information Centre, Department of Primary Industry, Fisheries and Mines, 3rd Floor, Paspalis Centrepoint, 48 Smith Street Mall, Darwin. 
  • Northern Land Council, 45 Mitchell St, Darwin. 
  • Northern Territory Library (NTL), Parliament House, Darwin. 
  • Palmerston City Library, Goyder Square, Palmerston (e-mail: tree.malyan@palmerston.nt.gov.au, Ph 8935 9993).
  • The Environment Centre NT, Unit 3, 98 Woods St, Darwin. 

The DEIS is also available in either CD-ROM format or hardcopy and can be purchased on request from Ken Gardner at the Department of Lands and Planning, Level 5, Energy House, Cavenagh Street, Darwin.Phone: (08) 8999 5511 and email ken.gardner@nt.gov.au.

Persons wishing to comment on the DEIS are invited to make submissions by close of business on 5 August 2011 to: 

Sally Strohmayr, Environment Heritage Division
  Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sport,    
    PO Box 496, Palmerston NT 0831, Ph: 08 8924 4139    
    Fax: (08) 8924 4053 or email: eia.nretas@nt.gov.au

Submissions will be treated as public documents unless confidentiality is requested. Copies of all submissions will be forwarded to the Department of Lands and Planning.