Rail link on track

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

THE Environmen­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has de­liv­ered sev­eral rec­om­men­da­tions for the Cock­burn-Thorn­lie rail link pro­posal to pro­tect the lo­cal en­vi­ron­ment.

An EPA re­port con­firmed the 14.5km rail­way track pro­posal as en­vi­ron­men­tally ac­cept­able and ap­proved its progress, sub­ject to cer­tain con­di­tions.

Chief among the con­di­tions is a need for the Pub­lic Trans­port Author­ity (PTA) to min­imise the ef­fect on flora and fauna.

The PTA will also be sub­ject to con­di­tions re­gard­ing in­land wa­ters, so­cial sur­round­ings and qual­ity of the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment and air.

Un­der the im­posed con­di­tions, con­struc­tion of the train link must min­imise im­pacts to black cock­a­too habi­tat and sim­i­lar fauna, such as Carter’s fresh­wa­ter mussel.

There also must be strate­gies in place to counter-bal­ance sig­nif­i­cant resid­ual im­pacts to low-ly­ing banksia at­ten­u­ata wood­lands or shrub­lands, black cock­a­toos, calade­nia huegelii habi­tat, wet­lands and Bush For­ever sites.

The site of the pro­posed Ran­ford Road sta­tion, which is a for­mer land­fill site, will need be con­firmed clear of con­tam­i­na­tion.

The PTA will also need to min­imise noise and vi­bra­tion im­pacts dur­ing con­struc­tion and op­er­a­tion and main­tain wa­ter qual­ity to the Jan­dakot un­der­ground wa­ter pol­lu­tion con­trol ar­eas, Can­ning River and wet­lands.

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