Aboriginal archaeological tender awarded

5 May 2014

Aboriginal archaeological tender awarded for Foxground and Berry Bypass

Member for Kiama Gareth Ward today announced that preparatory work for the Foxground and Berry bypass was forging ahead with a tender for Aboriginal archaeological investigations awarded to Kelleher Nightingale Consulting Pty Ltd.

Mr Ward said that the New South Wales Government has provided $19 million this year to progress planning and early work on the upgrade of the Princes Highway to provide two lanes in each direction with median separation for 11.6 kilometres between Toolijooa Road and Schofields Lane.

“The Aboriginal archaeological investigations will include the development and implementation of a detailed salvage strategy prior to major work,” he said.

“The investigations and salvage work is expected to be completed by December.

“The Aboriginal archaeological investigations generally include site visits by Roads and Maritime Services staff and its contractors to identify heritage sites and salvage locations.

“The salvage work will include hand and machine excavations carried out by a team of archaeologists and Aboriginal sites officers,” he said.

  • Running concurrently with this work will be:
  • An ecological monitoring program;
  • A water quality monitoring program;
  • Groundwater modelling;
  • The determination of flood mitigation measures for affected properties; and
  • Archival recording, historical research and archaeological investigations of non-Aboriginal heritage

“These monitoring programs and investigations will help Roads and Maritime prevent, minimise or offset adverse environmental impacts and form part of the ongoing environmental management of the project.

“Access to some private properties is required for this work.

“It is exciting to see work moving ahead on this next stage of the upgrade with the award of the archaeological tender and ongoing environmental management of the project,” Mr Ward said.

MEDIA: Gareth Ward 0401 499 933 or Ben Blackburn 0423 466 358

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