Department of Environment Director Gina Ebanks-Petrie says her team is keeping Dart’s removal of beach rock along Seven Mile beach on the radar.
Earlier this month Cabinet gave approval to a trial coastal works license taking the group’s plans for a five-star hotel along the Seven Mile strip a step further.
Under the license Dart Real Estate has permission to remove a 25-foot wide segment of beach rock just north of the Kimpton resort site where Dart hopes to build a five-star hotel.
The granting of the license has been met with public objection, but Mrs Ebanks-Petrie says her department will have oversight of the works.
“Yes, we will be monitoring the actual work and we obviously have to ensure that any licensing conditions are adhered to ect, so that will be our role going forward,” Mrs Ebanks-Petrie says.
While Mrs Ebanks-Petrie says the application for the license fell outside the scope of the National Conservation Council law.
She says the council has designated oversight of the removal to the DoE and points out that no environmental impact assessment was required for the test.
“We feel we have the information that we need in order to give the recommendations to cabinet, to government in respect of what ought to happen in consideration of this application,” Mrs Ebanks-Petrie adds.
After the test segment is analyzed Dart will determine whether a more encompassing coastal works license for more rock removal would be required.