DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT
- Preliminary Desktop Study
- Site Investigation
An assessment of the project area and its potential constraints was made by reviewing a number of databases maintained by government agencies. The locations of wetlands and ESAs within the project area were determined using the Department of Environment and Conservation's (DEC) Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) mapping tool. http://portal.environment.wa.gov.au/portal/page?_pageid amp;_dad=portal&_sc hema=PORTAL), see Appendix B, and if seeking advice from a DoW Regional Officer, see Appendix F. Search Department of of Indigenous Affairs (DIA). http://www.dia.wa.gov.au/Heritage/SitesSurveysSearch.aspx) database to determine if the project area contains any Aboriginal heritage sites, see Appendix E.
The Water Information Officer for the Department of Water's (DoW's) regional office was consulted on sensitive water resources (including public drinking water sources) to determine whether the project area supported or was adjacent to any significant lakes, rivers or wetlands or proclaimed areas, see Appendix F. There are no known previous land use activities on or adjacent to the project area which have the potential to create pollution, e.g. petrol station. The Western Australian Planning Commission map of acid sulfate soils was reviewed and the self-assessment carried out (http://www.wapc.wa.gov.au/Publications/213.aspx) to determine the level of risk to which the project area is exposed, see Appendix G.
A consultation has been carried out by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food to determine whether there are known populations of declared plants or significant weeds in or next to the project area, see appendix H.
Extinction is not a problem in the area where the proposed works are expected to be undertaken. The decision to refer the project to the Commonwealth Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts (DEWHA) was based on whether the project would affect matters of national importance, eg World Heritage properties, protected wetlands and migratory species, Commonwealth marine areas, threatened species or communities or nuclear actions (refer to the Commonwealth website www.deh.gov.au/epbc/assessmentsapprovals/index.html for information on further and the search tools page at http://www.deh.gov .au/erin/ert/epbc/imap/map.html), refer to Annex I. A site visit was carried out by Environment Officer Marni Baetge on 07/10/09 to examine the general features of the area.
Other issues considered included topography, the impacts to creek lines, property access, and the potential for noise and vibration impacts.
CLEARING OF NATIVE VEGETATION
EVALUATION OF APPLICATION AGAINST CLEARING PRINCIPLES. a) Natural vegetation should not be cleared if it includes a high level of biological diversity. Diversity will not be compromised and therefore the proposal does not contravene this principle. MAIN ROADS Western Australia 10 of 50. g) Native vegetation should not be cleared if the clearing of the vegetation is likely to cause appreciable land degradation.
Native vegetation should not be cleared if the clearing of the vegetation is likely to have an impact on the environmental values of any adjacent or nearby conservation area. The proposal does not conflict with this Principle, as remaining native vegetation in the project area is not associated with any adjacent or nearby conservation areas. DEC's web-based Geographic Data Atlas mapping tool. i) Native vegetation must not be cleared if the clearing of the vegetation is likely to cause deterioration in the quality of surface or underground water.
DEC's web-based Geographic Data Atlas mapping tool. j) Native vegetation must not be cleared if the clearing of the vegetation is likely to cause or exacerbate the occurrence or intensity of flooding.
ASSESSMENT OF ASPECTS AND IMPACTS
Visual amenity The proposed works will cause minor and short-term visual impacts during construction. Appropriate final site development, including landscaping and rehabilitation, could result in an improvement in local visual amenity. Provided traffic management and signaling are used in accordance with main road standards, none of the proposed works pose a significant threat to public safety.
The proposed works will serve to improve public safety by improving road conditions during flooding. Contamination There are no previous land use activities on or adjacent to the project area that have the potential to create contamination, e.g. gas station, known. The WAPC's self-assessment (Planning Bulletin 64) indicates that no further ground investigation is required for the project.
As the proposed works are entirely within the existing road reserve, no further amendments to the Local Government Planning Scheme or Regional Scheme will be necessary.
DECISION TO REFER
The requirements of the Shire of Broome regarding noise control and construction hours must be met.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT PLAN
Maintain the hydrological regime that exists before the construction of the proposal and prevent erosion in areas prone to flooding. Areas subject to erosion as a result of clearing shall be stabilized and designed to minimize rainfall/runoff impacts. If laundry facilities or chemical storage occurs on site, best management practices will be used in accordance with DEC's Water Quality Protection Notes, Mechanical Equipment.
Construction Ensure that the construction of the proposal does not become a nuisance to the public. Works associated with the construction of the development should not prevent public access along the adjacent reserve. Where trucks leaving the site are found to be carrying excess material on sealed surfaces, these areas will be swept to reduce dust.
Construction Ensure that the construction of the proposal is managed to a standard that minimizes any negative impact on the environment. All waste oil will be collected for recycling and any empty fuel/oil containers, used filters and remaining hydraulic parts will be collected and stored in a designated area and then removed to an approved location. Project areas, including hard standing areas, will be maintained in an orderly manner at all times.
All waste on the project is placed in bins with lids and taken to an approved landfill. A water tanker will be present at all times. No fires may be lit within the project area. If material of interest to Aboriginal people is discovered, work will be stopped immediately within 100 meters of the material and the site will be examined by a qualified archaeologist.
All waste materials from the development must be completely removed from the site after the completion of the development. Final clearance will be to the satisfaction of the Project Manager and Site Supervisor.
Please find attached the results for the threatened and prioritized fauna database search for the proximity of the proposed Broome Freeway road-rail assembly area (plus ~15km buffer). Note that there was no data within the requested area of your page, so a buffer was added; however please refer to clause six of the terms of the attached letter. The Flora, Fauna and Threatened Ecological Communities Data Search information sheet can be downloaded from.
The List of Threatened Faunas and the Ranking of Threatened and Priority Faunas can be downloaded from http://www.dec.wa.gov.au/management-and-protection/threatened-species/listing-of-species-and-ecological- . The Main Roads Kimberley Region is proposing to build a road train junction area along the Broome Highway to allow B-Double and Triple Road Trains to break down into a single configuration before entering Broome township. Attached is a location map of the proposed site for the train assembly area with associated coordinates.
Can you determine if there is an endangered fauna in the project area and if so please name each species. I have reviewed the proposed site for the Broome Hwy Roadtrain assembly area and can confirm that no declared plants or serious environmental weeds appear to exist. This email and files sent with it are privileged and confidential information. intended for use by the addressee.
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DEPARTMENT OF ENVIRONMENT, WATER, HERITAGE AND THE ARTS
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