The final Terms of Reference (ToR) for the proposed KUR-World Project was issued on the 18th October 2016. Click here for the full Terms of Reference
The ToR describes the studies that will be undertaken to record the environmental and social baseline conditions, and outlines the impact assessments that must be included in the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). It also sets out the requirement for a stakeholder engagement plan which includes the establishment of a Community Reference Group (CRG) and other forms of community engagement during the study and report preparation period.
Kuranda Community Forum
The proponent, Reever & Ocean Developments Pty Ltd has set about establishing the best team possible to undertake the EIS. The team was introduced at a Kuranda Community Forum on Wednesday 26th October 2016 which was very well attended by over 150 people. Representatives from the Mareeba Shire Council were present as well as State MP for Barron River, Craig Crawford. Many questions and issues were raised by community members in attendance which were noted by the KUR-World EIS team and will be responded to in upcoming newsletters, or in the actual Environmental Impact Statement.
Technical Coordinator Team
Introducing Dr Geraldine McGuire - KUR-World Manager Community Engagement
Internationally experienced local, Dr Geraldine McGuire has been appointed as Manager Community Engagement. Her responsibilities include the development and management of the stakeholder engagement plan, CRG and co-ordination of the social impact assessment. Raised and schooled in Cairns, Geraldine has 1st class honors and a PhD in Agricultural Science. She worked extensively throughout Australia, Asia and the Pacific on large complex projects then returned to establish her own consultancy business on the Atherton Tablelands in 2002. Together with her husband, they have grown the business over the past 14 years and now employ six highly skilled scientists and engineers who are all based on the Atherton Tablelands.
Geraldine has specialised in balancing the social and environmental benefits with the impacts of large projects and has developed a deep understanding of local community needs and aspirations. She is extremely pleased to be given the opportunity to contribute to the assessment of this regionally significant proposed development.