The Ord River Irrigation Area (ORIA) in the East Kimberley was a high-profile and environmentally sensitive project requiring approval under both State and Australian environmental legislation.


An Environmental Impact Assessment was prepared to meet all requirements of State and Australian legislation, including satisfying the requirements of five government agencies within a highly constrainted timeframe.


Innovative approaches to management were applied to ensure implementation costs and practicality were reasonable while minimising environmental risks.


Strategen also developed:

  • detailed construction environmental management plans, communicating all environmental requirements to the appointed contractor
  • compliance registers for project implementation and auditing purposes (Strategen currently maintains an ongoing role to audit the project)
  • development of an environmental management system.

As a result of Strategen's involvement, the irrigation program is operational and the leasee is pursuing expansions within the ORIA.