We’re adding extra lanes on Craigieburn Road between Hume Highway and Mickleham Road as well as upgrading intersections and building better walking, cycling and public transport connections.
Managing flora and fauna
We understand and share the value placed on local flora and fauna. With all major projects, we work hard to balance our impact on the environment with the need to improve road safety and journey reliability.
Flora and fauna investigations
We have assessed all aspects of the environment to inform our design and control measures. However, we understand that two of the most important environmental features of the local area are vegetation and wildlife, and special consideration has been given to these.
We have engaged a team of ecologists and arborists who are qualified in biodiversity and environmental science to carry out the flora and fauna assessment for the project.
As part of the site assessment, our team walked the entire project, examining the area using binoculars, cameras and GPS enabled Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) tablets. This process allows us to record and map scattered trees, vegetation and the location of significant flora and fauna species.
We undertake a flora and fauna investigation assessment to:
- identify sensitive and protected flora and fauna, including potential fauna habitats
- ensure we are complying with federal and state environmental legislation requirements
- understand potential impacts that the project may have on identified sensitive species
- develop measures to reduce potential impacts, such as adjusting the design, installing controls and identifying construction “no-go zones”.
Latham's snipe. Image: Andrew Silcocks.
Trees and vegetation
We’ve designed the Craigieburn Road Upgrade to preserve the local environment as much as possible. Our team of experts are exploring all possibilities to retain as many trees as we can, while developing opportunities to reuse any timber from trees that we need to remove.
We’ve identified various species of vegetation throughout the project area. This includes native and introduced trees. Throughout the life of the project we’ll work closely with arborists to minimise our impact on all vegetation.
We’ll also develop a landscape plan in consultation with landscape architects and key stakeholders including Hume City Council and the Department of Transport to determine the types of new vegetation to plant. Tree planting and landscaping are usually the final activities to take place once major works are completed.
Many species of fauna are found within the area, including
Before removing vegetation, an ecologist will conduct surveys to identify any hollow-bearing trees and help determine suitable locations for relocated habitat. Our project ecologist will be on site during vegetation removal to ensure no animals are harmed during construction.
We’ll also place fauna fencing to protect animals from vehicles and machinery. Our team is also equipped with qualified ecologists to relocate any animal we find to a safe habitat. Added protection measures will be used in places that may be frequented by the Latham’s Snipe and Golden Sun Moths.
Golden sun moth. Image Dan Weller.
Managing environmental impacts
To manage environmental impacts during the project, we have:
- developed an Environmental Management Plan, to help control and minimise any ecological and environmental impacts during construction
- developed an offset strategy to address requirements under the Planning and Environmental Act 1987 for the removal of any native vegetation
- developed, and will implement protections plans for the Latham’s Snipe and Golden Sun Moths
- sought appropriate approvals as required, made necessary design adjustments and implemented an action plan to reduce potential environmental impacts
- organised a Timber Reuse Plan, Tree Impact Assessment and Fauna Management Plan.
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