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Arborists abound at Seaford

30 Apr 2018

You are right to notice Seaford Road is abuzz with action, as works to remove the level crossing shift into gear.

Environmental advisers, ecologists and arborists are regularly on site, looking at how best to manage the working site.

A substantial amount of vegetation removal has been required at this site. While we don’t like removing trees, the temporary track we’re building will help to minimise disruption to passengers on the Frankston line while we work at Seaford Road.

One of our ecologists, Dan, was on site this week to inspect vegetation for the presence of any fauna, including possums, microbats and native birds.

Where possible, our ecologists safely relocate possums into nearby parkland with the aid of nest boxes which can also be used to house other fauna including bats and birds.

Our ecologists have also so far collected more than 3,000 seed samples for propagating and future replanting in the area.

We have been working with Frankston City Council to relocate felled tree trunks to nearby wetlands, which will create new habitat for wildlife while improving the nutrient base of the area, and it’s planned that about 10,000 tonnes of mulch will be delivered to local schools and golf courses.

The Seaford Level Crossing Removal Project will offset vegetation removed for the projects through landscaping, replanting and protecting vegetation in the region. The hybrid design with landscaped embankments provides the opportunity to plant new vegetation adjacent to the rail line, as well as in the new areas of open space that will be created.

When we've packed up our site office at RF Miles Reserve, we'll upgrade the oval as well as the Seaford Road streetscape with new walking and cycling paths and landscaping.

Image: Some of the seed samples for propagating and future replanting in the Seaford area.

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