Critical to the project, both during and after construction of the route is the management, protection and preservation of the existing Malleefowl population within the adjacent Conservation Parks and in the region generally.
It is purported (2008) that 10-20 breeding pairs of Malleefowl exist within and in the vicinity of the Ferries McDonald Conservation Park, but currently there is no specific evidence of numbers.
A Malleefowl Management Plan and Traffic Management Plan have been developed to prescribe the actions that must be taken to ensure minimisation of Malleefowl “strike”, as a result of construction of the route.
A copy of the Malleefowl Management Plan (MMP) and Traffic Management Plan (TMP), including comprehensive information regarding preservation and protection can be download here
Ferries McDonald Road Malleefowl Management Plan Annual Compliance Report
Traffic Management Plan(5859 kb)
The Malleefowl Management Plan requires:
a) Mitigation and management requirements not limited to the following (refer Page 22) -
- Mound identification/surveys (non-active & active sites) – this work has been undertaken by Council's Environmental Management Officers (EMO’s) and is be documented, mapped and provided as part of site induction
- No smoking shall be applied to the work-zone to minimise the risk of fire
- Awareness posters on-site are required to reinforce awareness of Malleefowl populations within the precinct
- Artificial water sources must be secured and managed
- Active mounds (during nesting season) must be managed.
b) Council must also prepare a Construction Environmental Management Plan that must include:
- Techniques to minimise mound impacts
- Techniques to minimise noise
- A plan for native vegetation removal and clearance
- Techniques for pest plant control
- Techniques for fire control
- Induction strategy & process for site personnel
- Techniques for trench management
- Techniques for revegetation
- Mechanisms for weekly reporting to the Project Management Team, managing and controlling the works
- Requirements for identifying, measuring & reporting Malleefowl mortality associated with the construction works (including reporting mechanisms & daily inspections)
- Mechanisms for monitoring “Compliance” with the Construction EMP must include:
- Inspections\monitoring\measuring of compliance with MMP
- Inspections\monitoring\measuring of compliance with native vegetation requirements
- Full fortnightly reports regarding compliance.
c) From an ongoing perspective (post construction), the following is required:
- The development and implementation of a Road Side Vegetation Management Plan
- The placement of “Malleefowl ahead signs – advisory speed 60km/h”
- Awareness information, on and off site
- Removal of any artificial water sources
- Rabbit and fox control mechanisms
- Revegetation (if required)
- Ongoing monitoring program
The Traffic Management Plan requires:
The objective of the TMP is to reduce the potential likelihood of “road strike” on Malleefowl – during construction and thereafter.
The mitigation mechanisms included to fulfill the objectives are as follows:
- The design of the “staggered T intersection” to slow vehicles before entering the section of road within Stage 1 (the Conservation Park) is completed
- An 80km/h speed limit on the prescribed section of road (this has been approved by the Government)
- Advisory speed signs installed – designed to provide awareness of Malleefowl and encourage motorist to slow down – these signs will be in place during and after construction
- Park signage by DENR at the entry points
- A VMS – placed for 12 months half way along the Stage 1 route (planned)
- A sign placed with a contact number direct to Council to report Malleefowl mortality or incidents
- Communication (herein)
- Web-site (commentary re: Malleefowl protection & the MMP)
- Reporting incidents signs with contact number 1800 913 613