Whalers Way is an area dedicated to nature conservation, specifically protected under South Australian legislation. It also contains habitat for threatened species listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), and it is a high bushfire risk area. It is not the right location for this rocket Launch Complex, an industrial development requiring an array of large infrastructure and involving explosions. Particularly, this proposed action as currently described will have unacceptable impact on the vulnerable Southern Emu-Wren (Eyre Peninsula subspecies). One of the launch pads is planned for the precise area within the Whalers Way site that is a ‘hotspot’ for that subspecies. If the proponent will not alter the proposed location of this launch pad, then this referral should be deemed ‘clearly unacceptable’.
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