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Edithvale and Bonbeach Monitoring and Management Plans

31 Aug 2020

Publication of the Groundwater Monitoring and Management Plan & Edithvale Wetlands Monitoring and Mitigation Plan under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and Planning and Environment Act 1987 (P&E Act)

Two level crossings (Edithvale Road, Edithvale and Bondi Road, Bonbeach) will be removed by lowering the rail line into trenches.

In March 2017, the Minister for Planning determined an Environmental Effects Statement (EES) was required for the Projects to assess potential impacts to groundwater levels, groundwater quality and the Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands.

A requirement of the EES was the development of an Environmental Management Framework (EMF) which included specific Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs) for the project.

Due to the proximity of the projects to the Edithvale Wetland, which is one of two wetlands that form the Edithvale Seaford Wetlands Ramsar Site, the projects also required approval under the EPBC Act. Approval 2017/7906 was granted for the projects under sections 130(1) and 133(1) of the EPBC Act by the Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (DAWE) on 3 December 2018.

Importantly, the EES identified that groundwater levels and quality could be maintained for the Edithvale and Bonbeach Projects within acceptable thresholds through engineering controls and implementation of the EPRs.

As such, LXRP prepared two plans;

In summary, the purpose of the Groundwater Monitoring and Management Plan is to ensure that the existing groundwater conditions (quality and levels) are not adversely affected by the project.

The purpose of the Edithvale Wetlands Monitoring and Mitigation Plan is to identify whether groundwater mounding (as a result of the project) reaches Edithvale Wetland and whether this groundwater increase affects the suitability of the habitat and therefore use of the wetland by birds.

It also identifies mitigation measures to be implemented if an impact is detected at Edithvale Wetland that is attributable to the level crossing removal project.

The Groundwater Monitoring and Management Plan & Edithvale Wetlands Monitoring and Mitigation Plan were approved by the Australian Minister for the Environment on 2 December 2019.

The Groundwater Monitoring and Management Plan & Edithvale Wetlands Monitoring and Mitigation Plans were revised to account for design changes. The Australian Minster for the Environment accepted these changes on 3 July 2020.

The Groundwater Monitoring and Management Plan has been revised to account for Groundwater monitoring changes. The Australian Minster for the Environment accepted these changes on 26 August 2020.

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