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  • BELLS LINE OF ROAD CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM

    INFORMATION TO SUPPORT REFERRAL UNDER PART 3 OF ENVIRONMENT PROTECTION AND BIODIVERSITY CONSERVATION ACT 1999 (EPBC 2014/7346)

    Preliminary documentation MAY 2015 Roads and Maritime Services 15.225 ISBN 978-1-925357-13-4

  • Preliminary Documentation supporting EPBC Act referral

    NB00042 4201-RP-EV-076-Bells Line of Road Preliminary Documentation for DoE ii

    Contents

    1. Introduction ................................................................................................................................................ 1

    1.1 Purpose .......................................................................................................................................................................................... 1

    1.2 Description of the action ................................................................................................................................................................. 1

    1.3 Changes to the action since referral ............................................................................................................................................... 3

    2. Community and socio-economic ............................................................................................................. 9

    2.1 Public consultation activities ........................................................................................................................................................... 9

    2.1.1 Consultation strategic level .......................................................................................................................................................... 9

    2.1.2 Consultation project level ............................................................................................................................................................. 9

    2.2 Socio-economic aspects of the action .......................................................................................................................................... 10

    2.2.1 Long-term benefits of the action ................................................................................................................................................... 10

    2.2.2 Economic appraisal of overtaking lanes ...................................................................................................................................... 11

    2.2.3 Employment opportunities ............................................................................................................................................................ 11

    2.2.4 Capital investment and on-going value of the project ................................................................................................................... 12

    2.2.5 Principles of Ecological Sustainable Development ....................................................................................................................... 12

    2.2.6 Other matters of national environmental significance ................................................................................................................... 13

    3. Offset Strategy Overview ........................................................................................................................ 14

    3.1 Objectives ..................................................................................................................................................................................... 14

    3.2 Potential offset sites subject to investigation ................................................................................................................................ 14

    4. Offset Strategy Methodology ................................................................................................................. 16

    4.1 Developing criteria for selection of offset sites.............................................................................................................................. 16

    4.2 Desktop analysis ........................................................................................................................................................................... 16

    4.3 Assessing landscape value........................................................................................................................................................... 17

    4.4 Detailed field assessment of shortlisted sites ............................................................................................................................... 17

    4.4.1 Vegetation classification and mapping.......................................................................................................................................... 17

    4.4.2 Vegetation quality assessment ..................................................................................................................................................... 17

    4.5 Determining adequacy of offsets .................................................................................................................................................. 20

    4.5.1 EPBC Act Environmental Offsets Policy ....................................................................................................................................... 20

    5. Biodiversity values .................................................................................................................................. 21

    5.1 The Islands ................................................................................................................................................................................... 21

    5.1.1 Geology and soils ......................................................................................................................................................................... 21

    5.1.1.1 Lots 51 & 52 751658 ..................................................................................................................................................................... 21

    5.1.2 Lot 140 DP 751658 ....................................................................................................................................................................... 21

    5.1.3 Vegetation types ........................................................................................................................................................................... 21

    5.1.3.1 Lots 51 and 52 751658 ................................................................................................................................................................. 21

    5.1.4 Lot 140 DP 751658 ....................................................................................................................................................................... 22

    5.2 Vegetation and habitat types ........................................................................................................................................................ 22

    5.3 Vegetation and habitat quality ...................................................................................................................................................... 27

    5.4 Fauna habitats .............................................................................................................................................................................. 27

    5.5 Presence of target Threatened Ecological Community ................................................................................................................ 29

    5.5.1 Turpentine-Ironbark Forest in the Sydney Basin Bioregion .......................................................................................................... 29

  • Preliminary Documentation supporting EPBC Act referral

    NB00042 4201-RP-EV-076-Bells Line of Road Preliminary Documentation for DoE iii

    6. Landscape values .................................................................................................................................... 32

    6.1 The Islands .................................................................................................................................................................................. 32

    6.1.1 Strategic location .......................................................................................................................................................................... 32

    6.1.2 Percentage native vegetation cover ............................................................................................................................................. 32

    6.1.3 Vegetation patch size ................................................................................................................................................................... 32

    7. Recommended offsets package ............................................................................................................ 34

    7.1 Commitment to offsets for the project ........................................................................................................................................... 34

    7.2 Adequacy of the offset .................................................................................................................................................................. 35

    7.2.1 EPBC Act Environmental Offsets Policy ..................................................................................................................................