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  • Expert witness report – flora and fauna considerations

    Camerons Road, Coimadai

    Dr Melanie Birtchnell

    19 January 2015

    Appendix 1

  • Preliminary Flora and Fauna Assessment – Camerons Road Coimadai

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    Preliminary Flora and Fauna Assessment

    Rezoning Investigation of Camerons Road, Coimadai

    Prepared for Terramatrix Pty Ltd and the

    Camerons Road Group

    November 2012

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    Bioregion: Central Victorian Uplands

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    Author Dr Melanie Birtchnell

    Distributor Hamish Allan – Terramatrix Pty Ltd

    Document history:

    Version Status Authored Date

    Draft Draft M. Birtchnell 8 November 2012

    Final Completed M. Birtchnell 14 November 2012

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    Contents

    ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ....................................................................................................................... V

    SUMMARY ................................................................................................................................................ 1

    1. INTRODUCTION ............................................................................................................................. 2

    1.1 PROJECT BACKGROUND ................................................................................................................. 2

    1.2 SCOPE OF ASSESSMENT .................................................................................................................. 2

    1.3 STUDY AREA................................................................................................................................... 2

    2. METHOD............................................................................................................................................ 3

    2.1 LITERATURE AND DATABASE REVIEW........................................................................................... 3

    2.1.1 Likelihood of occurrence ........................................................................................................... 3

    2.2 SITE INVESTIGATION ...................................................................................................................... 4

    2.2.1 Flora assessment ...................................................................................................................... 4

    2.2.2 Fauna assessment..................................................................................................................... 5

    2.3 MAPPING ........................................................................................................................................ 5

    2.4 LIMITATIONS AND QUALIFICATIONS............................................................................................ 5

    3. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION ...................................................................................................... 6

    3.1 SITE CONTEXT................................................................................................................................. 6

    3.2 FLORA ............................................................................................................................................. 6

    3.2.1 Ecological Vegetation Classes .................................................................................................. 6

    3.2.2 Vegetation Quality Assessment............................................................................................. 10

    3.2.3 State and Federal significant vegetation communities .......................................................... 20

    3.2.4 State and Federal significant flora species ............................................................................. 22

    3.3 FAUNA .......................................................................................................................................... 23

    3.3.1 Habitats.................................................................................................................................. 23

    3.3.2 Habitat connectivity .............................................................................................................. 24

    3.3.3 State and Federal significant fauna communities.................................................................. 24

    3.3.4 State and Federal significant fauna species ........................................................................... 24

    3.4 FURTHER SURVEY – BIODIVERSITY .............................................................................................. 25

    3.5 OTHER BIODIVERSITY ATTRIBUTES .............................................................................................. 25

    3.6 SUMMARY OF BIODIVERSITY VALUES OF THE STUDY AREA ...................................................... 25

    4. LEGISLATIVE AND POLICY IMPLICATIONS ...................................................................... 25

    4.1 COMMONWEALTH ....................................................................................................................... 26

    4.1.1 Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 ...................................... 26

    4.2 STATE ............................................................................................................................................ 27

    4.2.1 Flora & Fauna Guarantee Act 1988 (FFG Act). ................................................................... 27

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    4.2.2 Catchment and Land Protection Act 1994 ............................................................................ 27

    4.2.3 Planning and Environment Act 1987 ................................................................................... 27

    4.2.4 Native Vegetation Management Framework......................................................................... 28

    4.2.5 Wildlife Act 1975 and associated Regulations ...................................................................... 29

    4.2.6 Water Act 1989...................................................................................................................... 29

    4.2.7 Environment Protection Act 1970: State Environmental Protection Policy (Waters of Victoria) 2003. ................................................................................................................................... 30

    4.2.8 Regional Catchment Strategy and River Health Strategy .................................................... 30

    5. POTENTIAL IMPACTS AND MITIGATION .......................................................................... 31

    6. CONCLUSION ................................................................................................................................ 32

    REFERENCES .......................................................................................................................................... 33

    APPENDICES .......................................................................................................................................... 34

    APPENDIX 1. SIGNIFICANT SPECIES LIKELY TO OCCUR WITHIN 5KM OF THE STUDY AREA. ........................................................................................................................................................ 35

    APPENDIX 2. CONSIDERATION OF EPBC GREY BOX (E. MICROCARPA) GRASSY WOODLANDS AND DERIVED NATIVE GRASSLANDS OF SE AUSTRALIA. ................... 38

    Tables and Figures

    TABLE 1. CLASSIFICATION, CONDITION AND CONSERVATION SIGNIFICANCE OF NATIVE VEGETATION ASSESSED WITHIN THE STUDY AREA.................................................................................................................................. 16

    FIGURE 1. EXTENT OF ECOLOGICAL VEGETATION CLASSES ASSESSED DURING THE CURRENT STUDY. ..................... 8

    FIGURE 2. NATIVE VEGETATION POTENTIALLY LIKELY TO BE IMPACTED ON PROPERTIES L AND K......................... 11

    FIGURE 3. NATIVE VEGETATION POTENTIALLY LIKELY TO BE IMPACTED ON PROPERTIES I, M, H, Q AND J............ 12

    FIGURE 4. NATIVE VEGETATION POTENTIALLY LIKELY TO BE IMPACTED ON PROPERTIES A1, A2 AND A3............. 13

    FIGURE 5. NATIVE VEGETATION POTENTIALLY LIKELY TO BE IMPACTED ON PROPERTIES C, P AND B. ................... 14

    FIGURE 6. NATIVE VEGETATION POTENTIALLY LIKELY TO BE IMPACTED ON PROPERTY