Emu aerial survey work starts for Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade

8 October 2014

Roads and Maritime Services starts aerial survey work today of the coastal emu as part of early work for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

The survey work will record emu distribution and habitat use to the east and west of the highway corridor between Pillar Valley and Maclean.

The results will be used as baseline data to monitor any changes and inform an emu management plan to minimise the potential impact of the project.

The aerial survey is under way today and tomorrow and will supplement ground survey work already completed.

The information gathered will help Roads and Maritime and its experts further develop mitigation measures that are appropriate and effective for emus and other animals.

Roads and Maritime is proposing to build emu exclusion fencing in areas of highest emu activity along the new alignment before major work begins to allow emus to become accustomed to proposed crossing locations.

Most of the crossings will be large flood plain bridges and fencing to be installed later this year will be monitored by motion-sensor cameras.

Roads and Maritime is committed to ensuring the best outcome for all threatened species in the development of this critical infrastructure project.

The community will be given another opportunity to provide feedback on this section of the project during the detailed design phase.

More information on the conditions placed on Roads and Maritime in designing, building and operating the highway and the proposed strategy to protect to coastal emu can be found at www.rms.nsw.gov.au/W2B.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit 8588 5999

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