Review of Environmental Factors reports

A Review of Environmental Factors (REF) is an assessment used to determine the impacts of an activity undertaken by a public authority. It examines the potential impacts of the activity on the environment and aims to minimise those impacts.

This can include technical reports prepared by industry specialists, such as:

  • Ecological consultants 
  • Heritage consultants
  • Environmental consultants
  • Noise pollutant experts
  • Traffic and transport experts.

We prepare REF assessments in accordance with Part 5 of the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (1979).

Environmental Planning Regulations require us to display environmental assessment documentation for projects that:

  • have a Capital Investment Value greater than $5 million
  • require certain permits, including permits from the Department of Primary Industries (Fisheries), Heritage NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service and/or Environmental Protection Authority
  • are considered in the community interest.  

This change improves the transparency of assessments of Council activities, by illustrating what environmental factors have been considered and the mitigation measures required. Find our current projects and their assessment documents below.

This Review of Environmental Factors (REF) examines the proposed works to deliver the Rainbow Beach Sporting Fields at Rainbow Beach, between Lake Cathie and Bonny Hills.

These works are consistent with the historical strategic planning work for the area as well as subsequent development approvals and planning agreements.

The Review of Environmental Factors, and all supporting documentation are available at the link below.