Environmental Defenders Office (EDO) welcomes the Senate Environment and Communications References Committee’s inquiry into the Middle Arm Industrial Precinct. EDO holds several concerns about Middle Arm, including the industries proposed for inclusion in the precinct and the process by which the assessment and approvals will take place for those facilities; the strategic assessment for the precinct and associated regulatory regime; as well as the failure of these processes to properly ensure the free, prior and informed consent of First Nations communities in the area.