We’re planning for the future construction of the Ison Road Rail Overpass Bridge in Werribee which will provide a vital link from Wyndham West to the Princes Freeway.

Caring for the environment

As part of the design process we’ll look to identify, avoid, minimise and offset impacts to the environment. The project area is near Lollypop Creek, in close proximity to Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline), Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar Site and within a floodplain.

Environmental assessment

During the planning and development phase of the project we’ll assess the potential environmental, social, economic and cultural heritage impacts and how we plan to manage them.

We’ve engaged expert consultants to conduct environmental assessments, looking specifically at:

  • biodiversity, including golden sun moth, striped legless lizard, spiny rice flower, button wrinklewort and other flora species
  • water, catchments and hydrology: how and where water flows in the area
  • cultural and historical heritage, including European and Aboriginal heritage.
The location for the new road bridge over the Melbourne-Geelong railway line

The location for the new road bridge over the Melbourne-Geelong railway line.

Before construction

Before we start building, we’ll:

  • prepare an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) to the satisfaction of the Minister for Planning. The EMF will summarise key construction methodologies, measures to reduce and manage environmental and amenity effects during construction and performance monitoring and reporting processes
  • work with our construction partners to develop an Environmental Management System and a Construction Environment Management Plan. These plans will ensure work is planned and undertaken to minimise or avoid environmental impacts
  • prepare a plan for engagement with the community and other stakeholders during construction.

Being accountable for what we do

We’re developing an Environmental Management Framework which will provide us with a structured approach to managing the environment. The framework includes the environmental outcomes to be achieved during the design and construction of the Ison Road Rail Overpass.

We’ll work with the local community and council to identify environmental and community opportunities for the project, including walking and cycling facilities, safety improvements, landscaping and urban design.

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