RPS has helped secure environmental approvals for a project to enhance safety, capacity and traffic flow on the Bruce Highway between Caloundra Road and the Sunshine Motorway.
Engaged by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR), RPS environmental experts secured the approvals and offsets needed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 and the Nature Conservation Act 1992. This work will ensure local habitats and animal populations are protected both during construction of the highway upgrade and after it is complete.
Our team has undertaken a wide range of ecological assessments and field surveys as well as the calculation and negotiation of environmental offsets, monitoring of the local koala population, environmental management planning, approvals submissions, liaison with regulators and more.
With a brief to ensure ‘no net loss’, the team focused on avoiding negative environmental impacts wherever possible, and mitigating and appropriately offsetting them wherever they were unavoidable.
The ecological data generated by our team has fed directly into the road design process, ensuring optimal alignment of new lanes and interchanges for least environmental impact.
A plan has also been produced for the project implementation phase that will help keep local habitats functional and healthy, including the introduction of fauna corridors, pest and weed control measures and the staged approach to clearing of land.