Tenders called for trial emu fencing for Pacific Highway upgrade

17 October 2014

Roads and Maritime Services is inviting tenders from qualified fencing contractors to supply, install and maintain temporary emu fencing as part of early work for the Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade.

A Roads and Maritime Services spokesperson said work would involve clearing a four metre wide corridor where required and installing about four kilometres of combined wildlife, emu and stock fence as well as an emu crossing structure between the Wooli-Tucabia Road and 700 metres north of Mitchell Road.

“Roads and Maritime proposes to build exclusion fencing in areas of highest emu activity along the new alignment before major work starts,” the spokesperson said.

“This will allow emus to become accustomed to proposed crossing locations, and to trial an innovative emu crossing structure designed to allow the free passage of the birds while also acting as a stock fence.

“The trial fence will be monitored by a Roads and Maritime ecologist to assess how emus respond to the new crossing areas, while also informing the detailed design phase for the new motorway.

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

Roads and Maritime Services completed two aerial surveys using a low flying helicopter across a 250 kilometre square area last week to record emu movement, distribution and habitat to the east and west of the highway corridor between Pillar Valley and Maclean.

Two surveys carried out for two hours each last Wednesday and Thursday covered areas not readily accessible by foot or vehicle including significant floodplain, cane fields and bush land.

The survey located two emus, which indicated the population is much more sparsely located than anticipated.

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 will supplement ground survey work already completed.

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

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

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

A mandatory pre-tender meeting and a site inspection will held this month at a location to be confirmed.

Tenderers purchasing the documents will be advised of the full details of the meeting.

To obtain a copy of the full tender documentation, available online, a payment is required. More information on the tender can be provided on (02) 6640 1390 or emailing Gregory.nash@rms.nsw.gov.au

Tenders close on 31 October at 2.30pm.

CONTACT: Roads and Maritime Services Media Unit: 8588 5999

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