Statement of Environmental Effects


A Statement of Environmental Effects forms the basis of your Development Application.

First Field Environmental takes a pragmatic, solutions-focused approach to managing impact assessments and approvals.

We work with you to understand your project – from its inception through to delivery – and recommend the most appropriate strategies to secure your preferred outcome.

By bringing together specialists with expertise in planning, risk assessment, environmental auditing, impact mitigation, and stakeholder engagement, we provide advice on ways to minimise the potential impacts of your project, reduce the compliance costs, expedite the approval process, and facilitate community acceptance.

Whether you need a review of environmental factors, development advice or a full environmental impact assessment and project approvals, the team at First Field Environmental can ensure the best strategy is developed and executed to achieve the timely and cost-effective delivery of your project.


Case study

Development approval for the proposed waste management facility was granted and our client is now in the construction phase.

Our client required DA approval for the change of use of an existing warehouse to a waste management facility, accepting general and recyclable waste for sorting, storage and transport.

The property is located in the Georges River Catchment. The existing structure is located on a flood plain and is in an area mapped as having potential acid sulfate soils.

First Field Environmental prepared a Statement of Environmental Effects to identify the potential impacts of demolition, construction and installation of truck wash-down, dust suppression and weighing equipment.

Our report showed that the proposed resource recovery facility was permissible with consent in IN1 – General Industrial zoning and required additional consent under the Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997 as integrated development.

We helped our client to navigate the DA process for integrated development and liaised with Council and the EPA to address relevant legislative and licensing requirements.

We provided our client with a Statement of Environmental Effects showing that the development would be consistent with the aims, objectives and planning principles of:

  • the relevant SEPPs;
  • Local Environmental Plan;
  • Development Control Plan;
  • Protection of the Environment Operations Act 1997; and
  • Greater Metropolitan Regional Environmental Plan No 2 – Georges River Catchment

case study: Statement of Environmental Effects for Nu-Rock

Nu-Rock Australia proposed to construct a Block and Brick Plant on an area of EnergyAustralia land and engaged First Field Environmental to prepare a Statement of Environmental Effects to comply with the requirements of the local council.

The team at First Field Environmental considered how the Block and Brick Plant would be operated and maintained to assess its impact on the community, local traffic, privacy, air and noise, soil and water, heritage, energy, waste and bushfire risk.

The report from First Field Environmental presented a compelling case for the project and it proved critical in ensuring that the Block and Brick Plant received approval from local council to proceed.


case study: Site Suitability Assessment

A client in regional NSW came to First Field Environmental with a problem. The local council required them to demonstrate the soil types present within their paddocks and prove that the paddocks were suitable to support pasture for horse grazing.

First Field Environmental undertook field surveys, which included slope measurement and extraction of soil samples. Our investigations suggested that the soil across the property was capable of supporting horses but showed some of the limitations our client may face in regard to horse numbers and pasture management.

With this information on hand, First Field Environmental presented our client with a Horse Management Plan that detailed the number of horses able to be grazed in each paddock at any one time, and included a schedule to guide our client in seasonal pasture management and horse nutritional needs during their lifecycle. The Horse Management Plan achieved a balance between environmental limitations, the client’s preferred management inputs and the optimal number of horses to make the horse agistment venture viable.

The detailed field survey and practical advice delivered by First Field Environmental meant that our client’s application to council to develop their property for horse agistment was successful.


case study: Development application

Our client intended to place up to 10,000 tonnes of clean fill on an old power station site it was seeking to lease. A development application was required for this activity and the client engaged First Field Environmental for strategic support in the process.

First Field Environmental put-together a report that described the proposed activity, considered the potential impact on traffic, air and noise, soil and water, and heritage, and made strategic recommendations.

This report was critical in supporting the development application and assisting our client to progress with their business plans.


case study: Preliminary environmental impact assessment on the Wolgan Valley

COC Ltd was required to conduct a Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment on the Wolgan Valley Wilderness Rail Trail project by the Forestry Corporation of NSW (formerly Forests NSW).

COC Ltd turned to First Field Environmental to produce the Preliminary Environmental Impact Assessment and provide strategic advice.

First Field Environmental analysed the proposed project and delivered a risk assessment that focused on the identification of potential threats to the environment, safety and heritage value on Forestry Corporation NSW and Department of Lands landholdings through which a portion of the Trail extends. The report identified a number of significant environmental values and First Field Environmental liaised between Forestry Corporation NSW and Department of Lands landholdings and the client to determine management strategies acceptable to both parties.

With the assistance of First Field Environmental, the Wolgan Valley Wilderness Rail Trail was granted a licence to operate across 26km of the State Forest and continues to enjoy a cooperative relationship with Forestry Corporation NSW.

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