The impacts of the project have been examined thoroughly in the Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) which provide details of expected impacts and outline measures to manage and mitigate these impacts.
These impacts include environment, noise, vibration, biodiversity, land use, heritage, air quality, flora and fauna. These documents are available under Project documents – EIS and the Department of Planning and Environment website.
Vegetation and trees
Where possible, trees within the project site are being protected and will be used as part of the final Urban Design and Landscape Plan.
However, the project will result in the removal of trees and vegetation, including some Duffys Forest vegetation, which is an endangered ecological community.
Strict environmental controls and processes are in place, as outlined in the EIS, Construction Environmental Management Plans, and the Conditions of Approval from the Department of Planning and Environment. Only those trees necessary for the road project are being removed.
To offset the removal of vegetation, ‘Biodiversity offsets’ are proposed which could include protection and conservation of an area of land with similar conservation value.
Roads and Maritime is also exploring options for revegetation using local seeds sourced from within the area. Revegetation will be carried out within the construction zone and delivered progressively.
As well as planting trees inside the project area, we will be engaging with property owners and encouraging the additional planting of trees at the front of private properties to further enhance the bush and forest landscape of the area.
A Construction Flora and Fauna Management Plan will be in place to ensure appropriate measures are in place to protect the environment during construction, including establishing exclusion zones and regular monitoring.
Protecting local fauna
Many species of fauna are found within the area, including mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians. As part of the EIS, extensive studies have assessed the potential impact of the project on these fauna and outlined measures to avoid or minimise any impacts.
The project ecologist is regularly on site to ensure best practice during clearing to minimise any harm to flora and fauna. If animals are found during clearing, work will stop and the animal relocated to a suitable habitat within the local area. Before clearing, the ecologist also identifies any hollow bearing trees and helps determine suitable locations for the installation of nest boxes.
To ensure fauna can safely access vegetation on either side of the upgrade, rope bridges and culvert crossings will be included where appropriate, with input from ecological specialists.
Fauna fencing would be used to minimise the possibility of vehicle strikes once road construction has been completed.
For more information, please download the Flora and Fauna Fact Sheet.