Biodiversity offsets - Northern

Roads and Maritime has provided biodiversity offsets in the Northern NSW region in the general locations shown on the map below.

Map showing the locations of the Northern Region biodiversity offsets, near Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Grafton, and north of Ballina. Detailed information is provided in the tables on this page.

Port Macquarie

ProjectDescriptionArea of Offset (hectares)Type of AgreementLand owner
Oxley Highway UpgradeOffset contains forested wetlands, dry sclerophyll forest, wet heaths and freshwater wetlands that are located on the north-western border of Limeburners Creek Nature Reserve.214Land transferNPWS
Location of the biodiversity offset near Port Macquarie for the Oxley Highway Upgrade.

Coffs Harbour

ProjectDescriptionArea of Offset (hectares)Type of AgreementLand owner
Bonville UpgradeOffsets are adjacent to Bongil Bongil NP. Bongil Bongil NP provides habitat for one of the largest Koala populations in NSW and the offset provides additional habitat for this species (listed as vulnerable under the TSC Act and as a vulnerable population under the EPBC Act). The offset is high quality fauna habitat and is likely to provide habitat for 20 fauna species listed under the TSC Act and/or the EPBC Act. The Spotted-tailed Quoll (Dasyurus maculatus listed as vulnerable under the TSC Act and endangered under the EPBC Act), Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus, listed as vulnerable under the TSC Act and as vulnerable under the EPBC Act) and Long-nosed Potoroo (Potorous tridactylus listed as vulnerable under both the TSC Act and EPBC Act) are known to be present in the offset area. The offset also protects an area of Swamp Sclerophyll Forest on Coastal Floodplains (EEC under the TSC Act).57Land transferNPWS
Sapphire to WoolgoolgaThis offset is commonly known as South Moonee Forest. The Rusty Plum (Niemeyera whitei, listed as vulnerable under the TSC ACt) has previously been recorded on the offset property. The offset contains four EECs (all listed under the TSC Act) over a 42.66ha section: Swamp Sclerophyll Forest on Coastal Floodplains on the NSW North Coast, Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest of the NSW North Coast, Littoral Rainforest in the NSW North Coast and Coastal Saltmarsh in the NSW North Coast. The offset also contains one EEC (listed under the EPBC Act) covering 2.24ha and one regionally significant vegetation type covering 2.39ha. This offset provides known habitat for 12 threatened fauna species and potential habitat for an additional 42 threatened fauna species including the Glossy Black Cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus lathami listed as vulnerable under the TSC Act) and the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus, listed as vulnerable under the TSC Act and as a vulnerable population under the EPBC Act).102Land transferNPWS
Locations of biodiversity offsets near Coffs Harbour for Pacific Highway Upgrades at Sapphire to Woolgoolga and Bonville.

Grafton

ProjectDescriptionArea of Offset (hectares)Type of AgreementLand owner
Glenugie UpgradeProperty located approximately 16  kilometres south-east of Grafton and two kilometrs east of the Glenugie Upgrade.Total size 600Ha (300Ha to meet Glenugie offset requirements). Remaining area containing native vegetation proposed to be used to help offset Woolgoolga to Ballina impacts (approximately 230Ha)Proposed Nature Conservation Trust AgreementRoads and Maritime Services in the short term.  Long term property to be sold with Nature Conservation Trust Covenant
Location of the biodiversity offset near Grafton for the Pacific Highway Upgrade at Glenugie.

Brunswick Heads

ProjectDescriptionArea of Offset (hectares)Type of AgreementLand owner
Brunswick to YelgunThe offset contains threatened fauna and flora species. It is adjacent to the Brunswick Heads Nature Reserve and the management plan included rehabilitation of a degraded saltmarsh.100Land transferNPWS
Locations of biodiversity offsets near Brunswick Heads for the Pacific Highway Upgrade at Brunswick to Yelgun.

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