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The proposed project is to build one new and extend another existing car park at two different locations on the Great Northern Highway in the Pilbara region. The existing car park is located approximately 700m south of Kalgan Drive, Newman at SLK called Newman car park from here). The length will be extended to the south of the existing car park (away from Kalgan Drive), due to its proximity to Kalgan Drive.

The second car park to be built (hereinafter called Sylvania Road car park) is approximately 25km south of Newman and 15km south of the. The proposed project consists of the construction of a truck parking lot on Great Northern Highway at 1135.14SLK, opposite the Sylvania Homestead Road turnoff. The works will consist of the construction of a sealed lorry parking area and turning point approximately 200m long by 30m wide (0.6ha), in line with MRWA's standard parking drawing.

It is unlikely that any of these projects will violate any of the DEC's ten clearing principles.

BACKGROUND

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROJECT

P ROJECT L OCATION

METHODOLOGY

  • P RELIMINARY D ESKTOP S TUDY
  • C OMMONWEALTH R EFERRAL
  • S TATE R EFERRAL
  • S ITE I NVESTIGATION

Native vegetation should not be cleared if the clearing of vegetation is likely to have an impact on the environmental values ​​of any adjacent or nearby conservation areas. According to Keighery, (1994) the condition of the native vegetation to be cleared is described as good. The DEC for wetlands has advised that there are no wetlands in the vicinity of the project area.

A search of DEC's contaminated sites database shows that there are no identified contaminated sites within the project area. National Heritage Places A search of the Australian Heritage Places Inventory Database found no site(s) near the project. A search of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Protected Matters Search Tool found no Ramsar wetland(s) in the vicinity of the project.

A search of the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities Search Tool for Protected Matters located 7 migratory species in the vicinity of the project. Final cleaning will be to the satisfaction of the Project Manager and the Site Superintendent.

EXISTING ENVIRONMENT

D ESCRIPTION

The project areas lie within the Pilbara IBRA region and the Hamersley IBRA sub-region. The vegetation in this area is described as low forest; mulga (Acacia Aneura) and is vegetation association number 18. The vegetation is considered to be in good condition and has almost 100% pre-European extent (99.99%).

Multiple searches failed to identify waterways that depended on vegetation association in the area. No recorded Aboriginal Heritage sites of significance were identified as occurring in the area, or even in close proximity to the project area. No weed species were identified within the project area, but common weed species such as buffalo grass were present.

The vegetation in the area is described as low forest; mulga (with Spinifex) growing and is Vegetation Association number 216. The vegetation is considered to be in good condition and has 100% of its pre-European range remaining.

S ITE I NVESTIGATION

There are no known known DRF, priority flora/fauna species or endangered ecological communities in the area. A total of 1.2 ha of native vegetation would be cleared for this project, although the actual area of ​​vegetation that would be cleared would be smaller and would be approximately 1 ha.

CLEARING OF NATIVE VEGETATION

A SSESSMENT AGAINST C LEARING P RINCIPLES

ASSESSMENT OF ASPECTS AND IMPACTS

Consultation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Food confirms that there are no declared plants in the project area. Not a problem as the project area receives less than 400mm of average annual rainfall or is above 26˚ latitude. Given the generally degraded and exposed nature of the work areas, significant impacts on native wildlife in general are not anticipated as a result of the proposed works.

A search of the online databases of the Australian Heritage Places Inventory, the Heritage Council of Western Australia and the Shire of East Pilbara and Shire of Meekatharra Municipal Heritage Inventory online has shown that there are no known site(s) of heritage importance in the vicinity of the project area. A search of the DIA database/Heritage survey did not identify any known areas of Aboriginal heritage significance in the vicinity of the project site. A search of the DoW database has confirmed that the proposed works will not disturb or disrupt any natural drainage and surface runoff patterns.

The requirements of the Shire of East Pilbara and Shire of Meekatharra must be met in terms of noise management and construction working hours. Provided traffic management and signage to highway standards are employed, none of the proposed works pose any significant danger to public safety. The proposed works will serve to increase public safety by improving local road and pedestrian conditions.

Not relevant to the proposed works, the project does not require the use of hazardous substances. Pollution The works are taking place within a road reserve and no known previous land use in or adjacent to the project area has had the potential to cause pollution, e.g. As the proposed works are entirely within the existing road reserve, no changes to the plans are required.

An investigation by the Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Protected Affairs found no threatened ecological communities, 4 threatened species and 5 listed marine species in the vicinity of the project in the search tool. Project activities are unlikely to have a significant impact on these species and marine species are listed as Project activities are unlikely to have a significant impact on these species as the vegetation present is unlikely to provide habitat for these species.

Table 5: Commonwealth Aspects and Impacts – Pilbara GNH Parking Bays  Aspect  Evaluation of Potential Impacts
Table 5: Commonwealth Aspects and Impacts – Pilbara GNH Parking Bays Aspect Evaluation of Potential Impacts

DECISION TO REFER

R EFERRAL TO THE D EPARTMENT OF S USTAINABILITY , E NVIRONMENT , W ATER ,

R EFERRAL TO THE E NVIRONMENTAL P ROTECTION A UTHORITY

STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION

OTHER APPROVALS/PERMITS/LICENCES

MAIN ROADS Western Australia 27 of 44 Heritage Quest – Shire of East Pilbara – No sites in project area. Main Roads' standard environmental contract specifications (Specifications and 304) must be complied with where appropriate. Surface drainage Maintain the hydrological regime that exists prior to the construction of the proposal.

Contractor Main Roads A water tanker/fire brigade unit will be on site at all times.

Figure

Figure 1a – Project Location and Study Area – GNH Newman Parking Bay
Figure 1b: Project Location and Study Area – GNH Sylvania Rd Parking Bay
Figure 1c: Project location – Overview of 2 parking bays
Table 1: Vegetation Description, Condition and Percent Remaining
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