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Edithvale and Bonbeach Environment Effects Statement Wetlands: and Vegetation

19 Mar 2018



Edithvale and Bonbeach Environmental Effects Statement Wetlands and Vegetation

[Vision:  Level crossing sign flashing - speedboat on water]

[Title:  Edithvale and Bonbeach Environment Effects Statement Wetlands and Vegetation]

Chris - EES Ecology Lead, LXRA Technical Advisor - AECOM-GHD joint venture

An EES is an investigation into the potential environmental impacts or effects of a project under the Environmental Effects Act, which is legislated in Victoria.

It is requested by the Minister for Planning and is used to determine whether a project should proceed.

[Vision:  Level crossing flashing with train passing through level crossing]

The focus of this EES is on the potential environmental impacts of the Edithvale and Bonbeach level crossing removal projects.

[Vision:  Boom gates closing - Chris speaking]

[groundwater levels - groundwater quality - Edithvale-Seaford wetlands]

And it focuses on three key areas:  Groundwater levels, groundwater quality and the Edithvale and Seaford Wetlands and other ecosystems.

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[Extensive technical studies]

The technical studies that underpin this EES are extensive.

[Vision:  Groundwater modelling - staff testing with monitoring bores - Using 20 years of climate data]

We installed over 120 groundwater monitoring bores along the rail corridor and around the wetlands.

[Vision:  Wetlands]

And we installed five surface water monitoring gauges within the wetland.

[Vision:  Staff member working on computer analysing data]

This data was used to create a computer generated groundwater model using 20 years of historical climate data.

[Vision:  Chris speaking]

This model was run nearly 200 times to assess potential scenarios up to 100 years into the future.

The model predicted that there’d be no impact to flora and fauna values within the wetlands.

[Vision:  Vehicle at wetlands with staff monitoring effects - Chris speaking]

We will continue our groundwater monitoring program after construction, and this is because there is a minor risk that the groundwater changes could impact the foreshore vegetation at Bonbeach.

To construct the rail trenches we will be required to remove some plants and trees.

But we will remove as little as possible.

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Landscaping and planting are included in the design, and we will consult extensively with the local community about the sorts of plantings that they’d like to see.

[Level Crossing Removal Authority - Victoria State Government]

[Speaker:  Authorised by Victorian Government, 1 Treasury Place, Melbourne]

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