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  • Abbot Point Growth Gateway Project

    Terrestrial Ecology Report

    State Matters

    Prepared for

    Advisian

    21 August 2015

  • Ab b o t P o i n t Gr o w t h G a te w a y P r o j e c t – E c o l o g i c a l As s e s sm e nt o f S t a te M at t e r s

    © E CO LO G ICA L A U S T RA L IA P T Y LT D iii

    Contents

    Executive summary ................................................................................................................................. x

    1 Introduction ................................................................................................................................. 1

    1.1 Development proposal .................................................................................................................. 1

    1.2 Designated Proponent .................................................................................................................. 4

    1.3 State Assessment Process ........................................................................................................... 4

    1.4 Purpose and scope of this report ................................................................................................. 4

    2 Legislative Framework ............................................................................................................... 5

    2.1 State Development and Public Works Organisation Act 1971 (Qld) ............................................ 5

    2.2 Sustainable Planning Act 2009 (Qld) ........................................................................................... 5

    2.3 Environmental Offsets Act 2014 (Qld) .......................................................................................... 5

    2.4 Vegetation Management Act 1999 (Qld) ...................................................................................... 7

    2.5 Fisheries Act 1994 (Qld) ............................................................................................................... 7

    2.6 Nature Conservation Act 1992 (Qld) ............................................................................................ 7

    2.7 Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002 (Qld)........................................ 7

    3 Methodology ............................................................................................................................... 8

    3.1 Nomenclature and Terminology ................................................................................................... 8

    3.2 The Study Area and Project Area ................................................................................................. 8

    3.3 Database and Literature Review .................................................................................................. 9

    3.4 Field Assessments ..................................................................................................................... 13

    3.5 Impact Assessment Methodology .............................................................................................. 13

    3.6 Reliability of information ............................................................................................................. 14

    4 Existing Environmental Values ............................................................................................... 14

    4.1 Regional Ecological Context ....................................................................................................... 14

    4.2 Vegetation................................................................................................................................... 17

    4.3 Fauna Habitat ............................................................................................................................. 19

    4.4 Caley Valley Wetland ................................................................................................................. 20

    4.4.1 Location and physical values...................................................................................................... 20

    4.4.2 Seasonal trends .......................................................................................................................... 22

    4.4.3 Habitat values ............................................................................................................................. 22

    4.4.4 Shorebirds .................................................................................................................................. 23

    4.5 Weeds and Pests ....................................................................................................................... 25

    4.6 Matters Relevant to the State Assessment Process .................................................................. 25

    4.6.1 Regulated Vegetation ................................................................................................................. 25

    4.6.2 Connectivity Areas ...................................................................................................................... 29

  • Ab b o t P o i n t Gr o w t h G a te w a y P r o j e c t – E c o l o g i c a l As s e s sm e nt o f S t a te M at t e r s

    © E CO LO G ICA L A U S T RA L IA P T Y LT D iv

    4.6.3 Wetland and Wetland Protection Areas ..................................................................................... 29

    4.6.4 State-listed EVNT Flora Species ................................................................................................ 32

    4.6.5 Habitat for EVNT Fauna Species ............................................................................................... 32

    4.6.6 Special Least Concern and Colonial Breeding Fauna ............................................................... 32

    5 Potential impacts of the proposed action .............................................................................. 54

    5.1 Description of the action ............................................................................................................. 54

    5.2 Potential impacts of the proposed action ................................................................................... 54

    5.3 Construction phase impacts ....................................................................................................... 55

    5.3.1 Vegetation clearing ..................................................................................................................... 55

    5.3.2 Fragmentation and edge effects ................................................................................................. 56

    5.3.3 Excavation .................................................................................................................................. 56

    5.3.4 Placement of fill .......................................................................................................................... 56

    5.3.5 Vehicle movements .................................................................................................................... 57

    5.3.6 Dust emissions ........................................................................................................................... 57

    5.3.7 Light emissions ........................................................................................................................... 58

    5.3.8 Construction noise ...................................................................................................................... 59

    5.3.9 Alterations to surface hydrology ................................................................................................. 60

    5.3.10 Alterations to ground water quality, movement and storage ...................................................... 60

    5.3.11 Liquid and solid waste disposal .................................................................................................. 60

    5.3.12 Increased human presence and activity ..................................................................................... 61

    5.4 Potential impacts from the ongoing presence of infrastructure .................................................. 61

    5.5 Potential impacts from periodic and short term operational use ................................................ 61

    6 Mitigation and Management .................................................................................................... 62

    6.1 Mitigation of impacts from clearing vegetation ........................................................................... 62

    6.2 Mitigation of impacts from habitat fragmentation and edge effects ............................................ 62

    6.3 Mitigation of impacts from excavation ........................................................................................ 63

    6.4 Mitigation of impacts from placement of fill ................................................................................ 63

    6.5 Mitigation of impacts from vehicle movements ........................................................................... 63

    6.6 Mitigation of impacts from dust emissions .................................................................................. 64

    6.7 Mitigation of impacts from light emissions .........................................................................