- Road to be built under strict environmental conditions
The Federal Government today provided conditional environmental approval for the extension of the Roe Highway.
Welcoming the announcement, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Roe 8 would be constructed under strict environmental conditions.
To mitigate the impacts, it is planned to:
- provide fauna underpasses to maintain fauna connectivity and develop plans to manage and monitor fauna and flora, wetland health and water drainage
- purchase 10 packages of land identified by the Department of Parks and Wildlife to satisfy all or part of the 523 hectares of native vegetation offset requirements for the project
- provide nesting hollows for birds and trap and tag more than 100 southern brown bandicoots living in the area and relocate them to the offset areas
- build the road on land partly cleared for overhead power lines in order to minimise the environmental footprint
- a wetland restoration program will be undertaken at North Lake and Horse Paddock Swamp
- build two bridges through the wetlands - a 120 metre long bridge over Roe Swamp and a 70 metre bridge over Horse Paddock Swamp
- a top-down construction approach will be employed at Roe Swamp Bridge to minimise clearing footprint and compaction during construction
- wetlands bridges will be used in required locations to maintain ecological connections for local fauna.
Mr Nalder said this significant milestone meant that Roe 8 had all environmental approvals required to proceed.
"Construction is subject to meeting stringent environmental conditions set under the Commonwealth and State approvals - these include an offset requirement of 523ha of land to be acquired for conservation," the Minister said.
- Free flowing traffic on Roe 8 will mean lower emissions, less congestion on Perth's main southern arterial roads, more reliable journeys and shorter travel times for all vehicles
Minister's office - 6552 6400