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Fauna Survey and Management

Toowoomba Second Range Crossing (TSRC)

Year: 2014

Location: Helidon to Athol, QLD

Client: Department of Transport and Main Roads

Summary

Premise was engaged by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) to undertake specialist fauna surveys and produce a consolidated report. Drawing upon survey results and the findings of all previous surveys to identify significant fauna species and sensitive fauna habitat that could potentially be impacted by the proposed TSRC corridor.

The TSRC corridor had been subject to a number of fauna surveys carried out between 1994 and 2002. The report combined the information documented by all previous studies for adoption by the successful TSRC contractor. The report identified:

  • Significant fauna species and sensitive fauna habitat that could potentially be impacted by the project
  • Any specialist requirements for specific species, including fauna passage design and recommendations
  • Fauna management actions for the construction and operation phases
      Subsequently, Premise was engaged by DTMR to obtain additional information for the conservation management of Delma torquata within and immediately adjacent to the TSRC corridor. Various alignments of the TSRC corridor had been subject to targeted surveys for Delma torquata (collared delma), which is listed as Vulnerable under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and the Queensland Nature Conservation Act 1992 (NC Act). During the targeted surveys conducted by Premise in November 2014, three individuals were recorded at three separate locations within the proposed corridor. Delma torquata had not previously been recorded at any of these three locations.

      Achievements were to map previously unidentified populations of the cryptic Delma torquata. The project was delivered on time and on budget