What investigations and assessments will take place for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)?
A wide range of environmental impacts are being assessed for the EIS, including: biodiversity, Aboriginal heritage, non-Aboriginal heritage, maritime archaeology, construction activities, traffic, hydrology, groundwater, noise and vibration, socio-economic, landscape and visual, contamination, coastal processes, climate change, air quality and cumulative impacts.
Site investigations are being completed to inform the EIS assessments. These include:
· marine and land-based flora and fauna surveys;
· marine and land-based archaeological surveys;
· traffic & parking surveys;
· background noise surveys;
· topographical and hydrographic surveys; and
· marine and land-based geophysical and geotechnical investigations.
How will the increase in traffic and car parking at La Perouse and Kurnell as a result of the wharves be managed?
We know that local traffic and parking is of concern to the community. The impact on existing traffic and parking and proposed management will be addressed in the EIS. Traffic and parking surveys have recently been undertaken to understand existing conditions at both La Perouse and Kurnell to inform our assessment.
The project will include the provision of new car parking spaces near the reinstated wharves. In addition, opportunities to encourage non-car access to the wharves including more frequent timetabled bus services and onsite bicycle parking facilities are being investigated.
How are the sea grass, fish habitats and protected fish species going to be protected?
Mapping and assessment of the sea grass beds and marine ecological surveys are being undertaken for the EIS to assess habitat and likelihood of the existence of certain species including Syngnathiformes (which includes all sea dragons, sea horses and pipefish).
The team will build upon existing information about the sea grass beds in Botany Bay and will generate more detailed and up to date sea grass maps to determine the potential impacts from this project.
The investigations are taking place to identify the existing environment including sensitive habitats, identifying the likelihood of impact and minimise impacts to species and their habitat.
Will there be any impacts on the native and migratory birds and bats?
In-field surveys and impact assessment of native and migratory birds and bats are being undertaken to inform the EIS.
What about Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage at both wharf sites?
Detailed Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal heritage impact assessments will be a major consideration in the EIS.
The project team is liaising closely with the La Perouse Aboriginal Land Council, the Gamay Rangers, Local Aboriginal community members and groups and registered persons, the National Parks and Wildlife Service and Randwick City, Sutherland Shire and Bayside Councils
What impact will vessels using the wharves (e.g. ferry service) have on the existing navigation within Botany Bay including cargo ships?
As part of the EIS an assessment is being undertaken to consider the interactions between vessels using the wharves (e.g. ferry service) and other vessels operating within the Bay, and how this needs to be appropriately managed.
In accordance with Harbour Master requirements the ferry vessel will need to give way to all large vessels including cargo ships where necessary, although the occurrence of this is expected to be relatively infrequent and not expected to significantly affect ferry service operations.