To ensure biodiversity impacts of the project are identified and adequately and appropriately mitigated or offset, we are preparing a biodiversity mitigation framework as well as threatened species management plans.

The biodiversity mitigation framework provides a summary of threatened species management plans, designs, actions and expected timing. This will show what we are doing to meet the project’s Conditions of Approval.

The biodiversity mitigation framework will be updated to capture any changes to the project and additional design, survey and monitoring data, as required.

Threatened species management plans are being used to document measures to manage and mitigate impacts on species before, during and after building the upgrade.

Read more about threatened species.

Highways and wildlife

What is the problem?

Wildlife needs to be able to move freely through habitat to access food, water and mates. When highways are built, we need to provide opportunities for wildlife to safely cross the highway.

What is the solution?

We can make highways safer for wildlife and people by separating traffic and wildlife with fauna crossings and fences.

Do fauna crossing and fences work?

Yes! As part of the Pacific Highway upgrade Roads and Maritime has been collecting data for more than 14 years, monitoring wildlife to understand what species are using our connectivity structures. This informs the measures we use in future highway upgrade projects.

Habitat and species mapping

Woolgoolga to Ballina – Habitat and Species Mapping Tool

The Woolgoolga to Ballina habitat and species mapping is indicative only and is the property of Roads and Maritime Services. The data is live and will change as more habitat and species surveys are completed. The mapping has been developed as a management tool to assist in the delivery of the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade. In order to protect sensitive ecological communities, data is shown as indicative locations only.

The data contained in this mapping is not to be used by any person or organisation for any other purpose, including scientific modelling. For more information about the project email W2B@rms.nsw.gov.au or phone 1800 778 900.

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