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Ecological Research & Management

Transport Infrastructure

BL&A has extensive experience in assessing the flora and fauna impacts of new road and rail developments.

  • Road projects

    • Murray River crossing Echuca (VicRoads, NSW RTA 2009 - 2013): An assessment of six proposed alignments for a new Murray River crossing at Echuca was undertaken. Potential impacts on native flora and fauna were identified. Options to mitigate impacts were developed. Implications under Victorian, NSW and Commonwealth legislation were evaluated to inform planning assessment and decision-making.

    • Outer Metropolitan Ring Road and E6 Extension (VicRoads 2010): Desktop assessment of the proposed route involving GIS analysis of numerous flora, fauna and native vegetation datasets. Prepared a report that detailed impacts on native vegetation and threatened flora and fauna, and documented offset targets. Also undertook desktop and field assessments of alternative routes for portions of the proposed road.

  • Rail projects

    • Avalon Airport Rail Link (Department of Transport 2011-2013): Project included overview assessments, flora and fauna assessment, habitat hectare assessment, targeted surveys, net gain analysis, advising clients on route selection based on the ecological constraints and related regulatory controls.

    • Melbourne to Adelaide Re-sleepering Project, Ararat to Bordertown (ARTC 2010-12): Undertook surveys for threatened flora and provided advice in relation to EPBC Act listed species and communities.  

  • Ports

    • Port of Brisbane Shorebird Management Plan (Port of Brisbane Corporation – 2002 - 2012): BL&A has assisted the Port of Brisbane Corporation in complying with the condition of its approval under the Commonwealth EPBC Act and state approvals. BL&A has prepared the three five-yearly shorebird management plans required to date.

    • Port of Melbourne Channel Deepening project (Port of Melbourne Corporation 2006 - 2010): Undertook detailed ecological impact assessments of the project to inform the preparation of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) and Supplementary EES, including a comprehensive risk assessment of impacts on coastal ecosystems, including Ramsar Wetlands, and marine birds. This included examination of the impacts of dredging methods, including large Trailer Suction Hopper Dredges and Backhoe dredging, as well as in-bay placement of dredged material. Small adjustments to the project were also assessed within the project environmental management framework.