Coomera Connector (Stage 1)

Environmental approvals

Publication of draft Public Environment Report under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act)

Referral: EPBC 2020/8646

The Coomera Connector is a north-south transport route that will provide a viable alternative to the Pacific Motorway (M1) for local trips. Located east of the M1 and Gold Coast Rail Line, the 16-kilometre Stage 1 route between Coomera and Nerang will be built to 4 lanes to meet medium-term traffic needs. Key major structures will be future-proofed to 6 lanes, including bridge crossings over the Coomera and Nerang rivers.

The former Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE)* referred the project for assessment under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). The referral can be viewed on the DAWE website, filtered by the referral number 2020/8646.

Through this assessment, DAWE determined the project was a controlled action to be further assessed by a Public Environment Report (PER).

The draft PER has now been released for public review and addresses matters protected by a provision of Part 3 of the EPBC Act, which includes:

  • Moreton Bay Ramsar Wetlands (sections 16 and 17B)
  • Listed threatened species and communities (sections 18 and 18A)
  • Listed migratory species (sections 20 and 20A).

Public comment period has now closed.

* The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) is now the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water (DCCEEW).