Community & Environment
The project team is engaging with stakeholders and the community on an ongoing basis.
While it is a complex project with multiple diverse stakeholders, our immediate priority has been to engage with those landowners and residents who are potentially directly impacted by the project. Briefing meetings have been held with directly impacted landowners in both the northern and southern sections, and contact with these community members is ongoing.
We have also established two Community Reference Groups – one for the Northern/Central section, and one for the Southern section. These groups were established in mid 2018.
Find out more about the range of other groups to represent key stakeholders.
Community Reference Groups (CRG)
Nominations for membership of the CRGs were invited from residents, local businesses and community groups. All those who nominated for membership were accepted.
Meeting once a month, the Community Reference Groups:
- Provide a conduit for two-way communication and stakeholder input
- Communicate matters to, and from, their respective organisations, groups and committees
- Collaboratively inform the planning and development process for the project
- Assist in identifying and responding to project issues and opportunities identified by project stakeholders to ensure an optimal solution
- Provide issue-specific liaison in selecting / assessing options
Members of the CRG's represent a variety of social, economic and environmental values held within the greater Bunbury community. Interests represented across the two CRG’s include a mixture of local residents, representatives of local community/ resident groups, road users, landowners including directly affected landowners, businesses, business associations and environmental groups.
Terms of Reference
Community Information Sessions
Four Community Information Sessions were held in October 2018 – in Australind, Eaton, Bunbury and Gelorup and two were held in February 2019 – in Bunbury and Australind.
The ‘drop in’ sessions provided an opportunity for interested community members to review project information, meet the project team and ask questions.
The meetings were well attended. The key themes raised by community members were:
- Alignment selection
- Environmental impacts
- Local access/connections
- Traffic volumes/movement
- Impact on amenity/lifestyle
- Impact on agricultural land/business
- Land acquisition/compensation
- Certainty of future development
- Impact on the Bunbury economy
Further Community Information Sessions will be held throughout 2019. Subscribe to project updates to ensure you are the first to know of upcoming Community Information Sessions and project updates.
BORR requires various approvals, including environmental and funding. Environmental approvals are needed from both State and Federal environmental regulators. Funding to construct the project has been committed by both the Federal and State Governments, with final approvals provided through normal budgetary processes.
The environmental approvals process starts in 2019. This involves sending referrals to both State and Federal regulators for the northern and central section in 2019. A referral for the southern section is expected to be made in mid-2019.
What opportunities are available to provide formal feedback as part of the environmental approvals process?
There are three opportunities in the process which is managed by environmental regulators:
- At the start of the process when a decision is being made whether to assess the project, and if so what the level of assessment should be
- In review of the information submitted by Main Roads to the regulator(s)
- In response to the Draft Conditions that result if approval is granted
We will be referring the northern corridor to the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) for assessment under the Part IV of the Environmental Protection Act. The referral documents are currently being compiled and the project expected to be lodged with the EPA in 2019.
On registration of this referral, the EPA will decide whether to assess the project and, if so, determine the level of assessment that will be applied. As part of this decision, the EPA will invite public comments through its consultation hub located on the EPA website. Typically, this public comment period is open for 7 days.
If the EPA decides to assess the project, there are five key steps involved in the proposal assessment process. Several of these steps provide further opportunity for the public to lodge comments or submissions.
Please visit the EPA website if you would like to learn more about the assessment process. Alternatively, you may wish to subscribe on the EPA website or sign up to receive notifications any time a new item is opened.
Read more information on the project urban design and landscaping in our fact sheet.
Noise and amenity
Noise impacts from new roads are managed under
State Planning Policy 5.4 “Road and Rail Transport Noise and Freight Considerations in Land Use Planning”. As part of the environmental assessment process, we undertake noise monitoring to calibrate a noise model. The project team follows a clearly defined process to assess noise impacts, and ensure once completed is compliant. This includes obtaining base line noise levels from monitoring noise at key points within the project alignment. In some cases noise monitors are placed on a resident’s property.
This data is then input into a modelling system. The modelling system also takes into account a range of other variables, including:
- House ground levels
- Property fences
- Designed road ground levels
- Vehicle heights
- Future projected traffic volumes (2040)
- Heavy Vehicle numbers
- Road surface types
- Road gradients
Once the noise monitoring and modelling is completed, a peer review of the findings is conducted. The findings will then be presented to the Community Reference Groups and other communities of interest, with noise mitigation strategies being agreed.
These noise mitigation factors can take a variety of forms, including 'noise walls’ and architectural treatment ‘quiet’ pavement/road surface.
A complex range of factors impact on noise levels, including the topography of the land, the type of road surface, buildings, traffic volumes and types of vehicle. These are all taken into account in the noise model.
We use a range of mitigation measures in seeking to ensure that noise levels remain within the limits in
State Planning Policy 5.4. These include the construction of noise walls/bunds, or architectural treatments to individual properties.
In cases where the visual amenity of a residence is affected as a result of new road works, (i.e. the property outlook) we meet owners and discuss measures to reduce this impact. Examples include using screen planting (such as densely planted trees) as mitigation.
Find out more information in ourNoise and Visual Amenity Fact Sheet.