Rail link on track
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.