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Environmental Impact Assessment


  • Environmental Impact Assessments
  • Environmental Impact Statements

Get Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) advice, solutions and monitoring to address your projects potential environmental impact while satisfying all local, state and national environmental legislation and get successful approvals fast.

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An Environmental Impact Assessment is a detailed assessment of the potential impact (positive or negative) that a project may have on the environment.

An EIA is triggered when the scale or risk of an impact to Matters of National Environmental Significance (such as threatened species and world heritage areas for example), water quality, cultural heritage and human aesthetics. An Environmental Impact Assessment will address all local, state and national environmental legislation including, but not limited to, the Environment and Biodiversity Conservation Act (1999) and the Queensland Nature Conservation Act (1992), Councils Local Government Plans (LGP).

Who can we help

Regardless of the size or type of your project, we can help you with a range of solutions to manage your environmental impact.

Our team’s multidisciplinary experience and ongoing relationships with government agencies mean we deliver proven results for our clients and work closely with them to achieve this within project constraints, costs and timeframes.

Our team carry a wide range of qualifications; ensuring you get expert advice and planning to address your environmental needs.

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Our environmental impact assessment capabilities include:

  • Flora and vegetation assessment
  • fauna habitat and targeted fauna assessments
  • Mapping and drone capabilities
  • Surface and ground water assessments
  • Community consultation
  • Liaison with relevant stakeholders and government authorities
  • Project management expertise to lead the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) program.

Project Management for seamless outcomes

Conducting EIAs and obtaining approvals and permits is a multidisciplinary process, often with very tight timeframes.  As the lead consultant on your project we can engage and coordinate the best specialist sub-consultants with skills in:

  • Noise;
  • Vibration;
  • Air Quality;
  • Cultural Heritage and Native Title;
  • Socio-Economics; and
  • Community Consultation.

The Process

In developing an EIS for your project, 4 Elements Consulting will:

  • Assess and identify the appropriate environmental approval pathway for your project;
  • Analyse the environmental sensitivities and risks of your project;
  • Engage stakeholders, including government, landholders and the community;
  • Investigate the environmental attributes of your site and perform detailed impact assessments, models and analyses;
  • Provide practical and innovative environmental management solutions to reduce your environmental impact; and
  • Prepare and lodge statutory environmental applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between an Environmental Impact Assessment and an Environmental Impact Statement?

An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is an assessment of the impact of a potential project on an environment, in comparison, the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is the government document which is mandated by law to be provided for certain projects to the Department of Environment and Science and other regulators.

What is the turnaround time?

The turnaround time depends on the size of the project. Due to the application process you can expect that surveys may be required in dry and or wet seasons depending on species and the regulator will require a period for assessment and public notification and comment.

Do you provide noise, vibration and air quality services?

As the lead consultant on your project, we can engage and coordinate the best specialist sub-consultants with skills in providing noise, vibration and air quality services if necessary for your project.

Do I need an EIA?

If you are unsure if you require an EIA you are most likely in the early stages of your project. The 4 Elements Consulting team can help you determine the environmental assessment you require or whether your project needs a referral to regulators and/or other approvals.

Can you access remote locations?

Yes, our team are capable and have experience in accessing remote locations.

Key relevant project experience

Some examples of our EIS/EIA experience:

  • Environmental Impact Assessment – Mount Emerald Wind Farm- Ratch
  • Environmental Assessment – High Road Wind Farm- Ratch
  • Environmental Assessment – Mt Fox, Zephyr Developments Pty Ltd
  • Environmental Assessment – Skardon River, Metro Mining

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Don't just take our word for it

“We commissioned Mellissa to do an EIS (Environmental Impact Statement) on one of our projects in north Queensland. From day one, Mellissa hit the ground running, responding quickly and efficiently to our requirements. She has an excellent grasp of the technical issues, was always easy to talk to and was able to engage the property owners and other relevant parties effectively. The reputation of our company is of a high importance to RATCH and it is critical the consultants we use can complete their work to the highest of standards. I am pleased to say that in the tasks performed for us, Mel and her team have met these expectations.”

Terry Johannesen

Ratch Australia

About 4 Elements Consulting

4 Elements consulting is a specialist environmental consultancy based in Cairns, North Queensland. The company was established in early 2017 by Mellissa Brown on a strong research and project management background built from over 25 years in the industry.

4 Elements delivers solution science that provides a comprehensive, cost effective consultative service to commercial and government stakeholders within Australia and the Pacific. At 4 Elements we have local field experience and valuable connections in the communities we work. Our team members are knowledgeable, trustworthy and professional.

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