The general manager of the Pacific Hwy upgrade said approvals require many strict conditions about managing the project’s impact on the environment.
The general manager of the Pacific Hwy upgrade said approvals require many strict conditions about managing the project’s impact on the environment. Trevor Veale

RMS needs biodiversity impact approval before Hwy projects

ROADS and Maritime Services reiterated its commitment to minimising its impact on biodiversity during major highway upgrade.

Roads and Maritime General Manager Pacific Highway Bob Higgins said approvals require many strict conditions about managing the project's impact on the environment, including koala, potoroo and other threatened species in the Clarence Valley.

"We know potoroos and other species are found in areas nearby the new highway route and to gain project approval for the Woolgoolga to Ballina upgrade,"Mr Higgins said.

"Roads and Maritime carried out extensive analysis of local biodiversity for the Environmental Impact Statement.

"Roads and Maritime also conducted 38 site surveys in collaboration with experienced ecologists informed by their specialist knowledge of the species and their habitats."



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