Adding extra lanes to the Monash Freeway between Warrigal Road and Koo Wee Rup Road.
We aim to have the lowest possible effect on the local environment and build safer and more accessible roads for everyone.
As part of our planning process, we’ve completed our assessment of flora and fauna biodiversity values, Aboriginal and historical heritage, contamination and noise.
Fauna and flora biodiversity
We focused our flora and fauna biodiversity investigations on the eastern section of the works, between Princes Highway, Narre Warren and Cardinia Road, Officer.
As part of this, we found several patches of native vegetation within the eastern section of the project area. We also found habitat values for several threatened fauna species.
The native vegetation found at Cardinia Creek and Lower Gum Scrub Creek is associated with the Growling Grass Frog ponds. These were created when the Pakenham Bypass was built.
To minimise the effect of the project on these areas, we’ll make them no-go zones while we build.
We assessed the western section as part of an earlier report and found nothing that requires specific environmental management
We found no local historical heritage within the boundary of the project. We did find Aboriginal heritage at several locations within the eastern section of the project between Clyde Road and Cardinia Road.
We’ll make sure the Aboriginal places will be protected from effects of the project.
We’re investigating the contamination along the full length of the project. If we discover contamination, we’ll manage it in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Protection Authority.
We’re assessing the effect of vehicle noise in the project area against the requirements of VicRoads Noise Policy. However, we won’t understand its full effect until the upgrade design is further developed.
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