We’re building a second Murray River crossing to connect Echuca and Moama to make it quicker and easier for you to travel across the Campaspe and Murray Rivers.

Overview

Building a new bridge across the Murray River will improve the way people live, work and travel around Echuca and Moama.

We understand the complex balance of improving road safety and connecting communities whilst caring for our natural environment.

When we build, we comply with all legislative requirements, including those of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Download and read the Offset Management Plan for the Grey Box Grassy Woodland (PDF, 2.7 MB).

Managing tree removal

We need space to complete works and this will have an impact on the native vegetation along Warren Street, through Victoria Park and in New South Wales.

We’re still investigating options that will save as many trees as possible throughout the design and construction process.

There will be changes to the environment, particularly along the route that passes through the Victoria Park precinct. However, we have designed the overall route for the project to minimise the impact on the area’s biodiversity.

Protecting the environment

To help us keep the number of impacted trees to a minimum we’re doing a detailed tree mapping study to develop a vegetation database.

Every tree along the alignment with a diameter greater than 100mm has been GPS located and we’ve recorded information such as species, diameter and potential timber reuse opportunities.

Reusing timber

We’re developing a timber reuse strategy.

Some of the options being considered include:

  • providing timber for millable purposes like furniture and community parks
  • river snags to promote fish breeding grounds
  • reusing hollows for fauna habitat
  • putting woodchips back into the road landscape design.

We’re also working with our Environmental Reference Group (ERG). This community group will be instrumental in guiding our decisions to make sure removed timber is put to good use for everybody.

We encourage the community to provide feedback and share their ideas on how we can repurpose the timber.

Identified trees

During our investigations, we identified the following indigenous species:

  • Grey Box Eucalyptus microcarpa
  • Black Box Eucalyptus largiflorens
  • Yellow Box Eucalyptus melliodora
  • River Red-gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis.

A variety of planted species were found throughout the study area, including Pine trees Pinus sp., Sugar Gum Eucalyptus cladocalyx and Kurrajong Brachychiton populneus.

Local habitat

In late 2017 we conducted an independent environmental assessment.

Environmental experts looked at each tree individually to identify the species and whether it was a habitat for wildlife. An audit of the vegetation in the area was also completed.

To protect the wildlife, we’ll install appropriately sized nesting boxes. These boxes will be placed in adjacent trees and hollow bearing trunks on the ground, so hollow dependent fauna can continue to use them as habitat.

During tree removal works we’ll always have a zoologist onsite to check the trees and safely relocate any animals to a suitable habitat nearby.

Interest groups and ecologists

We’ve consulted with the traditional land owners, the Yorta Yorta Nation Aboriginal Corporation for assistance to identify culturally important sites. We’ve also consulted with local land care groups such as Strathallan Family Landcare group and Echuca-Moama Land care group.

We value the expertise of independent ecologists. They provide important insight and help us refine our designs to minimise tree loss.

Planting native trees

To maintain environmental diversity, we’re collecting seeds from the trees that will be removed.

These plants have adapted to local conditions so it’s important to collect their seeds. We’ll take the seeds to a nursery where they are stored and then propagated to be used as part of the new landscaping and re-vegetation plans.

Where possible, we’ll replant trees, shrubs and native grasses from the seeds we’ve collected. We’ll also source additional native plants from local nurseries.

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