Port Spencer - Grain Export Facility

The proposal

Deep water port facility for the export of grain, located north-east of Tumby Bay on the Eyre Peninsula (70 kilometres north-east of Port Lincoln).

It comprises:

  • wharf structures (causeway and jetty) and ship loading systems
  • grain storage facilities (silos and bunkers) and handling systems
  • road transport access route using Lipson Cove Road.


The original proposal for an iron ore and grain export port by Centrex Metals was addressed in a Public Environmental Report (PER) released in 2012. The Port Spencer (‘Sheep Hill’) Deep Water Port Facility – Stage 1 proposal was approved by the Governor on 20 December 2012. The proposal did not proceed to construction.

In 2019 the proposed site was purchased by Peninsula Ports (a subsidiary of Free Eyre), which sought to vary the development authorisation to enable the establishment of a grain export port.  An Amendment to the PER was prepared by Peninsula Ports, which addressed the potential impacts of a modified port design, and was released for public consultation on 16 January 2020.

The modified proposal was approved by the Minister for Planning and Local Government on 6 August 2020, with a varied development authorisation gazetted on 13 August 2020.

Assessment stages and documentation




Variation decision

13 August 2020

Government Gazette dated 13 August 2020, page 4314

Amendment to the Assessment Report

6 August 2020

Amendment to the Assessment Report (PDF, 3247 KB)

Release of the Response Document

17 June 2020

Response Document (PDF, 29363 KB)

Release of public submissions on the Amendment to the PER Public submissions   (PDF, 7362 KB)

Amendment to PER

16 January 2020

Volume 1 (PDF, 5877 KB)
Volume 2 - Review of PER (PDF, 4137 KB)
Volume 3 - Appendices to Review - Part 1 (PDF, 29630 KB)
Volume 3 - Appendices to Review - Part 2 (PDF, 22649 KB)
Volume 4 - Draft Contractor CEMPs (PDF, 17695 KB)
Volume 5 - Appendix C, D & E (PDF, 2303 KB)

Extension of Time

18 December 2014

Government Gazette dated 18 December 2014, page 6779

Governor's Decision

20 December 2012

Government Gazette dated 20 December 2012, page 5629

Release of the Assessment Report by Minister

December 2012

Assessment Report (PDF, 2109 KB)

Release of original Public Environmental Report

9 March 2012

Executive Summary (PDF, 743 KB)
Volume 1 - Public Environmental Report (PDF, 15569 KB)
Volume 2 - Appendix A-D (PDF, 828 KB)
Appendix A - Port Spencer Stage 01 (MP4, 18630 KB)
Appendix A - Port Spencer Stage 02 NO RAIL (MP4, 18681 KB)
Appendix B - Community Consultation Material (PDF, 3075 KB)
Appendix C - Air Quality Impact Assessment Report (PDF, 3443 KB)
Appendix D - Geo Invest and Soil Report (PDF, 8319 KB)
Volume 3 - Appendix E-H (PDF, 826 KB)
Appendix E - Enviro Site Assessment (PDF, 14812 KB)
Appendix F - Surface Water Report (PDF, 13970 KB)
Appendix G - Environmental Noise Assessment Report (PDF, 1101 KB)
Appendix H - Traffic Impact Assessment Report (PDF, 2131 KB)
Volume 4 - Appendix I-K (PDF, 826 KB)
Appendix J - Lipson Island Terrestrial and Marine Ecology Report (PDF, 3710 KB)
Appendix K - Port Spencer Marine Ecology Report (PDF, 7501 KB)
Volume 5 - Appendix L to O (PDF, 826 KB)
Appendix L - Sediment Transport Modelling Report (PDF, 1089 KB)
Appendix M - Cultural Heritage Report (PDF, 7490 KB)
Appendix N - Socio-Economic Baseline Report (PDF, 5996 KB)
Appendix O - Greenhouse Gas Calculations (PDF, 138 KB)

Release of Guidelines by Development Assessment Commission

1 June 2011

Guidelines for the preparation of a public environmental report (PDF, 872 KB)

Declaration as major development

6 January 2011

Government Gazette dated 6 January 2011, page 2