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20/10 - Political Donations Information

Please find attached the Political donations disclosure statement as discussed at the recent public meeting. Also attached is the Disclosure of political donations and gifts Guideline

During the 30-day exhibition period any person can comment on the proposed
project. Comment is usually by way of written submission. In some cases a public
hearing may be held.

Submission writing
As this is the primary method through which the community can participate in
environmental decision-making it is important to write submissions that will clearly and
effectively communicate your points. This section provides tips on how you can prepare a
submission that is as persuasive as possible.

Obtaining information
The ´¼ürst step is to gather information about the proposal and the locality. An important
piece of information will be the proposal itself, along with the Director-GeneralÔÇÖs
Environmental Assessment Requirements and the Environmental Assessment prepared
by the proponent. You may also need to gather independent scienti´¼üc information that tells you what impact the proposal will have on the environment, the economy and social
cohesion. You should also ´¼ünd out who the decision-maker is going to be ÔÇô the Planning
Minister or a PAC.

Identifying of key issues
Work out what your key concerns are and focus on these. If you try to include everything you can possibly think of in the submission the good points will get lost in the weaker points and your submission will be less effective.

Supporting with facts
Include factual information to back up your arguments. Your arguments will be better
received if they are supported by evidence and you will have a far greater chance of
in´¼éuencing the decision-maker than if you lodge a submission containing only
unsubstantiated claims.

Also, attach relevant supporting documents, physical evidence and observations and
opinions from scientists to support what youÔÇÖre saying.

Using a clear structure and layout
Use headings and bullet points to highlight key concerns. Use summaries to highlight key
Remember the decision-maker may receive many submissions so you want yours to be easy to read and well expressed.

Write clearly and concisely. A rambling stream of consciousness will not effectively
communicate your ideas.

Writing objectively
Use clear, calm language and maintain a professional style. Overly emotional
arguments are not as convincing and often have an adverse effect upon the reader.

Have your submission in on time. If you canÔÇÖt meet the deadline ask for an extension, or if an extension is not granted, do the best you can in the time frame.
Follow up on your submission ÔÇô follow up phone calls to the decision maker can ensure
that your issues are on the forefront of their minds at all times.

Include your name and contact details on your submission.
It may be worth considering mounting a wider campaign against the proposal,
including through the local media.

taken from The EDO Major Projects Toolkit.

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