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Abermain to Lockrose 110 kv Network Upgrade Project
Environmental Impact Statement
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9. Environmental management
9.1 Introduction
9.1.1 Purpose of the EMP
This draft Environmental Management Plan (EMP) investigates the environmental issues in
relation to the Abermain to Lockrose 110 kV network upgrade project. The over–arching aim
of this EMP is to ensure that all impacts identified in the Environmental Impact Statement
(EIS) are managed to a point where they can be eliminated where possible or alternatively
minimised or mitigated to an acceptable level and in accordance with relevant legislative and
policy requirements.
This EMP is considered to be a working document and will require regular updates as more
information and detail in relation to detailed design and construction methodology for the
Project becomes available. Additionally, it will be updated throughout the life of the asset.
Updates may be triggered by changes in legislation, site activities, technology, information or
community expectations. Whilst included as part of the EIS for the Project, this EMP is also a
standalone document and will be enforced by ENERGEX environmental control staff
overseeing development of the Project.
The EMP is also the first stage to inform the development of Environmental Work Plans
(EWP) which address site specific impact mitigation requirements. EWP’s will be developed
for each pole construction site and will include impacts mitigation for stringing activities
associated with the line construction. EWP’s are further discussed in Section 9.2.3.
9.1.2 Objectives of the EMP
ENERGEX is committed to carrying out its activities in an environmentally responsible
manner and has integrated responsible environmental management into all business
activities.
This draft EMP will provide ENERGEX as well as any appointed contractors with a practical
guide to ensure that all works undertaken will meet appropriate environmental commitments
as outlined in the EIS as well as statutory and policy requirements. The EMP provides
appropriate mitigation measures that are to be adopted to minimise or mitigate the identified
impacts of the Project. The EMP also identifies corrective actions if monitoring indicates that
the performance requirements have not been met.
The EMP provides information regarding:
 a practical framework for establishing best practice environmental management
strategies and standards to eliminate, mitigate or manage potential environmental
impacts associated with each phase of the project lifecycle
 evidence of practical and achievable plans for the management of the Project to ensure
that environmental commitments and requirements are complied with using the
environmental management framework.
The draft EMP comprises a number of action plans, with each action plan relating to a
different environmental, social or economic facet as identified in this EIS.
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Each action plan of the EMP identifies potential environmental impacts and details corrective
action(s) to be implemented if an undesirable impact or incident were to occur. The structure
of each action plan is as follows:
 each action plan is divided into pre–construction, construction, operation and
maintenance phases
 the operational policy which applies to the action plan is described
 the performance criteria for each action plan are provided
 the implementation strategies to achieve the performance standards are nominated
 the monitoring and auditing procedures to assess performance are described
 the procedure for reporting of monitoring and auditing results is described
 the corrective action or choice of corrective action is identified.
ENERGEX distribution assets generally have a minimum design life of 50 years and
changes to environmental management requirements, policies and legislation are expected
during that period. Therefore, the decommissioning phase of the asset is not included in the
scope of this EMP, but will be the subject of a separate EMP to be developed immediately
prior to decommissioning activities being carried out. The decommissioning EMP will reflect
the legislative and community expectations at the time of the decommissioning.
9.2 Background to the EMP
9.2.1 Implementation
ENERGEX assumes responsibility for the distribution asset and the lifecycle of the Project
and as such will take responsibility for ensuring implementation and compliance with this
EMP. ENERGEX will also be responsible for ensuring that corrective actions that meet the
stated performance criteria are taken, in the event that an environmental incident should
occur.
ENERGEX will ensure that these requirements are met by appointing a Project
Environmental Officer (PEO) throughout the construction phase of the project. The PEO will
work jointly with the construction team(s) in developing site specific environmental work
plans (EWPs).
9.2.2 Legislative requirements, permits and approvals
This EMP should be viewed as a working document and as such will require updates in
response to changes in environmental legislation and/or improvements in best practice
environmental management procedures and policies. It will be the responsibility of
ENERGEX to be aware and implement these changes, ensuring that this document is
continually updated in this regard. It will be the responsibility of the Project Manager or
Principal Contractor to ensure that all changes reflected in this document are implemented in
day to day practice.
Table 9.1 provides a list of relevant legislation, policies, guidelines and standards that should
be referred to when making decisions and resolving complaints in respect of matters relating
to this EMP.
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Table 9.1 Environmental legislation, policies and standards relevant to the
Project
Issue
Relevant legislation, policies, standards etc
Construction – general
Environmental Protection Act 1994
Environmental Protection Regulation 2008
Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995
Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008
Noise
Environmental Protection Act 1994
Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008
AS 1055.1/2: 1997 – Acoustics – Description and management of
environmental noise
AS 2436: 1981 – Guide to noise control on construction, maintenance
and demolition sites
Noise Measurement Manual (Environmental Protection Agency 2001)
User's guide to the Environment Protection (Noise) Policy (Environmental
Protection Agency 1997)
Air quality
Environmental Protection Act 1994
Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008
National Environment Protection Council, National Environment
Protection Measures for Ambient Air Quality
Water quality and
erosion and sediment
control
Water Act 2000
Environmental Protection Act 1994
Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009
Queensland Water Quality Guidelines 2006 (Environmental Protection
Agency 2006))
Australian and New Zealand Guidelines for Fresh and Marine Water
Quality (ANZECC, 2000)
Soil Erosion and Sediment Control – Engineering Guidelines for
Queensland Construction Sites (Institute of Engineers Australia, 1996 (or
subsequent updates))
Managing Urban Stormwater: Soils and Construction (Landcom, 2004
(New South Wales Government))
Contaminated land
Environmental Protection Act 1994
Draft Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Contaminated
Land, May 1998 (Department of Environment (Qld Government) 1998)
Storage and handling
of dangerous goods
Dangerous Goods Safety Management Act 2001
AS 1940: 2004,The storage and handling of flammable and combustible
liquids
Workplace Health and Safety Act 1995
Workplace Health and Safety Regulation 2008
Environmental Protection Act 1994
Transport of dangerous
goods
Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Act 1984
Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulation 1989
Waste management
Environmental Protection Act 1994
Environmental Protection (Waste Management) Regulation 2000
Environment Protection (Waste Management) Policy 2000
Waste Management Strategy for Queensland 1996
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Issue
Relevant legislation, policies, standards etc
Flora and fauna
Animal Care and Protection Act 2001
Nature Conservation Act 1992
Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006
Vegetation Management Act 1999
Vegetation Management Regulation 2000
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Water Act 2000
Agricultural Chemicals Distribution Control Act 1966
Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002
Cultural and heritage
issues
Native Title Act 1993
Native Title (Queensland) Act 1993
Queensland Heritage Act 1992
Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1986
Environment and Heritage Legislation Amendment Act (No. 1) 2003
Australian Heritage Council Act 2003
Australian Heritage Council (Consequential and Transitional Provisions)
Act 2003
Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
Iconic Queensland Places Act 2008
Land use control
Sustainable Planning Act 2009
Land Protection (Pest and Stock Route Management) Act 2002
Transport Infrastructure Act 1994
Land Act 1994
Forestry Act 1959
Petroleum and Gas (Production and Safety) Act 2004
Electric and magnetic
fields and corona noise
AS 60265: 2005 – High voltage switches – High voltage switches for
rated voltages of 52 kV and above
AS/NZS 2947.1: 1999 – Insulators – Porcelain and glass for overhead
powerlines – Voltages greater than 1000 V ac – Test methods
In addition to the legislation, policies, guidelines and standards identified above, a review of
the statutory framework for the Project (refer Chapter 4) has indicated that a number of
approvals, licenses and permits may be required to facilitate both the construction and
operational phases of the Project. Prior to construction commencing, ENERGEX or their
appointed contractors, will make applications to the relevant government authorities to obtain
all the necessary permits, licences and approvals (as identified in Attachment D) required
before proceeding.
9.2.3 Key commitments
This section lists the key commitments which have been made throughout the EIS relating to
environmental and Project management and to the community. The key commitments
contained in Table 9.2 are sourced from previous chapters of this EIS.
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Table 9.2 Abermain to Lockrose 110 kV Network Upgrade Project key commitments
Matter
Commitment
Pre-construction phase
Permits and approvals
 Make application for and receive all necessary statutory permits and approvals as identified in Attachment D of the final EIS.
Land and soils
 During detailed design, ENERGEX will conduct searches of the Environmental Management Register and Contaminated Land Register
(administered by DERM), to identify land which is registered as being contaminated and requiring appropriate management.
 During detailed design, detailed earthwork profiles will be undertaken.
 Geotechnical investigations will be required for pole structure proposed to be located in alluvium, comprising clay, silt, sand and gravel of
unknown thickness and strength to allow for suitable foundation design. Geotechnical investigations are recommended to include
assessment of bearing capacity, excavation characteristics, trafficability and settlement properties of soil and rocks.
 ENERGEX will confirm the existence of any soil conservation plans on properties within the Project Area prior to the construction phase.
Water and watercourses
 Where practicable, the Project design will ensure that structures and access tracks (where new access tracks are required) will be
appropriately set away from watercourses and drainage lines.
 A Dewatering Management Plan will be developed to ensure that any dewatering activities do not impact on the quality of the receiving
land (soils) and surface waters, if any dewatering activities are to be undertaken.
Flora and weeds
 A project specific Weed Management Plan is to be developed by the construction contractor for implementation throughout the
construction phase.
 ENERGEX will liase with DERM regarding an appropriate offsetting strategy to address the minimal project impact.
 Ensure retention (i.e. no clearing) of 0.6ha of remnant Endangered RE 12.9-10.6 at and 0.25ha of high-value regrowth analogous to RE
12.9-10.6 which is located within the existing easements at Lockrose. Refer to Figure 6.6a of the final EIS.
 The boundaries of the above specified vegetated areas are to be clearly defined as ‘No Go Zones’ on all construction drawings. All
drawings are to be clearly labelled with the intent and exclusion conditions of these non-clearance zones.
Flora and Fauna (general)
 A Flora and Fauna Management Plan is to be developed and included in the CEMP. The Flora and Fauna Management Plan should
include detailed information such as protocols for vegetation clearing, feral animal and pest control, rehabilitation objectives, monitoring
activities and further detailed design measures.
 A Flora and Fauna Monitoring Program is to be developed and implemented in order to measure the success of any implemented flora
and fauna mitigation measures that may have resulted as a result of the detailed design requirements.
Fauna (Koala)
 ENERGEX will engage with DERM and will address the interaction of all offset obligations across assessable values including koala
habitat and address those impacts through a project offset package as required by DERM, if DERM requires the need for this.
Community
 Principal agreement has been reached with key stakeholders in respect of concerns raised in consultation regarding the separation
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Matter
Commitment
distance of the Powerlink 500 kV line and surrounding properties. As a result of this process, ENERGEX has committed to a voluntary
easement widening of 22.5 m in the Prenzlau area to increase the separation distance between properties and infrastructure assets in
this area.
Land use
 The design of structures and access points will consider the various aspects of land use including machinery and stock access and
irrigation needs.
 Where possible the powerline (e.g. height of wires) will be designed to reduce impacts on existing identified farming practices.
 ENERGEX will consult with all holders of minerals exploration tenures as part of the consultation process during the detailed design,
construction and operation phases of the Project.
 In situations where easement clearances have not been maintained (i.e. buildings, sheds etc have been constructed within the existing
easements), ENERGEX will consult with the individual property owners to determine suitable easement co–use outcomes.
Visual amenity
 ENERGEX may, on request, consult with landowners of significantly affected properties about appropriate visual amenity treatments
during the construction phase of the Project. Where visual amenity impacts are mutually considered significant, a landscaping plan may
be developed by ENERGEX in consultation with the affected landowner.
 Where poles are located within close proximity to sensitive receivers, the need for additional visual treatment will be assessed. Where
necessary, and depending on the choice of pole material, non reflective coatings may be applied.
 Specific visual mitigation strategies will be considered as part of detailed design (e.g. painting or dulling of poles where appropriate).
 Vegetation in buffer zones (i.e. screening) will be retained where possible.
Health and safety
 ENERGEX will adhere to vertical and horizontal clearance requirements for the power line infrastructure (from the ground and
surrounding structures) as stipulated in the Queensland Electricity Safety Regulation 2002.
Infrastructure
 Continue joint discussions with Powerlink and the APA group regarding the presence of the APA high pressure gas pipeline, which
shares parts of the existing ENERGEX easement in the Muirlea area, west of Pine Mountain Road and between Marburg and Prenzlau
Road.
 Continue liaison with Department of Defence regarding Obstacle Limitation Surface associated with RAAF Base Amberley. Once detailed
design for the Project has been completed, it will be forwarded to the Department of Defence for final assessment.
 Maximise use of existing access tracks such as farm access tracks, tracks associated with the existing Abermain to Lockrose HV
distribution line and the APA Group, high pressure gas pipeline. Any additionally required access tracks will be negotiated between
ENERGEX, Powerlink and relevant landowners/managers during the detailed design phase.
 ENERGEX will seek formal agreement with individual land owners for the construction and maintenance of any access tracks outside of
the Study Alignment easement.
 ENERGEX will liaise with the relevant authorities to secure all necessary approvals and permits to facilitate construction of the Project
over local roads, State controlled roads and rail lines.
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Matter
Commitment
 ENERGEX commits to make a formal application for assessment of the powerline design to WaterSecure.
 No additional stanchions will be placed within the Brisbane Valley non-rail corridor. Existing stanchions will however be replaced at the
intersection to the Wulkuraka and Abermain lines.
 ENERGEX will ensure that sufficient height clearance is provided for vehicles travelling on roads beneath the powerlines.
 A detailed Traffic Management Plan is to be developed by the construction contractor prior to construction works commencing and as
part of any application for a Temporary Road Closure based on DTMR’s ‘Manual for Uniform Traffic control Devices’.
 Appropriate measures will be implemented, where necessary, to avoid issues with the aerial crop spraying following consultation with the
relevant stakeholder. This may include installation of aerial markers on distribution line structures and conductors where aerial spraying
activities are undertaken.
Cultural heritage
 Engage with Jagera Duran (Aboriginal Party) in relation to cultural heritage management for the Project.
 The Project will comply with the provisions of the Commonwealth Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Heritage Protection Act 1984. A
work method reflecting the requirement will be included in the Construction EMP guiding construction activities. ENERGEX and its
contractors must advise the Minister if any suspected Aboriginal remains are discovered while undertaking works for the Project.
 The Project and associated Project works will comply with the Cultural Heritage Duty of Care Guidelines (Qld). ENERGEX and its
contractors must advise Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management if any archaeological artefact (non-
indigenous) that is important to Queensland’s history is discovered while undertaking works for the project.
Waste generation and
management
 Where possible and practicable, waste generation and management associated with the Project will follow the waste management
hierarchy principles.
Environmental Management
 Prepare a site specific Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) which is based on the management measures outlined in
the EMP contain in Chapter 9 of the final EIS.
 Ensure that all design and pre-construction management measures outlined in the EMP are implemented.
 ENERGEX must undertake works in line with its general environmental duty under the Queensland Environmental Protection Act 1994
Construction phase
Land and soils
 Monitoring for the presence of ASS should be conducted for excavations occurring in the vicinity of the Lockrose substation and the far
western section of the distribution line. If ASS is identified, measures will need to be undertaken to manage the ASS and provision for this
is included in the draft EMP.
Flora and weeds
 Ensure retention (i.e. no clearing) of 0.6ha of remnant Endangered RE 12.9-10.6 at and 0.25ha of high-value regrowth analogous to RE
12.9-10.6 which is located within the existing easements at Lockrose. Refer to Figure 6.6a of the final EIS.
 The boundaries of the above specified vegetated areas are to be clearly defined on ground and ‘No Go Zones’ clearly signposted and
fenced to prevent unauthorised clearing and vehicular and/or anthropogenic traffic.
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Commitment
Noise
 ENERGEX will advise residents and community surrounding the Project of any planned use of helicopters for line stringing.
Community
 Residents and businesses in surrounding areas will be kept informed of the construction process and given sufficient warning of possible
disruptions.
 ENERGEX will contact and formally advise private landowners of the need for property access prior to construction activities
commencing.
Environmental Management
 Implement all provisions of the CEMP including sub-plans (e.g. Flora and Fauna Management Plan, Traffic Management Plan etc).
 ENERGEX will comply with Powerlink’s ‘Management of Easement Co-Use Requests Guideline’ (Powerlink Queensland 2010) during
project construction in the vicinity of Powerlink infrastructure and will seek written approval from Powerlink prior to any works
commencing within the concerned easement area.
 ENERGEX must undertake works in line with its general environmental duty under the Queensland Environmental Protection Act 1994.
Land use
 The design of structures and access points will consider the various aspects of land use including machinery and stock access and
irrigation needs.
 where possible the powerlinke (e.g. height of wires) will be designed to reduce impacts on existing identified farming practices.
 ENERGEX will consult with all holders of minerals exploration tenures as part of the consultation process during the detailed design,
construction and operation phases of the project.
 In situations where easement clearances have not been maintained (i.e. buildings and sheds etc, have been constructed within the
existing easements). ENERGEX will consult with the individual property owners to determine suitable easement co-use outcomes.
Visual amenity
 ENERGEX will consult with landowners of significantly affected properties about appropriate visual amenity treatments during the
construction phase of the Project.
 Where poles are located within close proximity to sensitive receivers, the need for additional visual treatment will be assessed. Where
necessary, and depending on the chosie of pole material, non reflective coatings will be applied.
 Specific visual mitigation strategies will be considered as part of detailed design (e.g. painting or dulling of poles where appropriate).
 Vegetation in buffer zones (i.e. screening) will be retained where possible.
Health and safety
 ENERGEX will adhere to vertical and horizontal clearance requirements for the power line infrastructure (from the ground and
surrounding structures) as stipulated in the Queensland Electricity Safety Regulation 2002.
Infrastructure
 Continue joint discussions with Powerlink and the APA group regarding the presence of the APA high pressure gas pipeline which shares
parts of the existing ENERGEX easement in the Muirlea area, west of Pine Mountain Road and between Marburg and Prenzlau Road.
 Continue liaison with the Department of Defence regarding Obstacle Limitation Surface associated with RAAF Base Amberley. Once
detailed design for the Project has been completed, it will be forwarded to the Department of Defence for final assessment.
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Matter
Commitment
 Maximise use of existing access tracks such as farm access tracks, tracks associated with the existing Abermain to Lockrose HV
distribution line and the APA Group high pressure gas pipeline. Any additionally required access tracks will be negotiated between
ENERGEX, Powerlink and relevant landowners/managers during the detailed design phase.
 ENERGEX will seek formal agreement with individual land owners for the construction and maintenance of any access tracks outside of
the Study Alignment easement.
 ENERGEX will liaise with the relevant authorities to secure all necessary approvals and permits to facilitate construction of the Project
over local roads, State controlled roads and rail lines.
 ENERGEX will ensure that sufficient height clearance is provided for vehicles travelling on roads beneath the powerlines and as part of
any application for a Temporary Road Closure based on DTMR’s ‘Manual for Uniform Traffic control Devices’
 Appropriate measures will be implemented, where necessary, to avoid issues with the aerial crop spraying following consultation with the
relevant stakeholder. This may include installation of aerial markers on distribution line structures and conductors where aerial spraying
activities are undertaken.
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9.2.4 Environmental work plans
Environmental Work Plans (EWP’s) for each work area will be developed during the pre–
construction phase. Development of the EWP’s should refer to the action plans which have
been included in this EMP. Although the EWP’s will respond to site specific conditions and
activities, the following environmental matters should be considered when developing
EWP’s:
 land and soils (including contaminated land)
 hydrology and water quality
 climate and air quality
 noise and vibration
 biological environment
 weed and feral animal management
 visual amenity
 cultural heritage
 traffic (including air traffic relating to the RAAF Base Amberley)
 fire risks
 waste management
 hazardous materials
 safety and emergency.
9.2.5 ENERGEX Environmental Policy
ENERGEX recognises current industry standards for Environmental Management and
Ecologically Sustainable Development as a corporate commitment and operates in
accordance with an Environmental Policy.
It is the policy of ENERGEX that, within the environmental, economic and social obligations
of:
 a safe and reliable energy supply
 compliance with applicable legal requirements
 compliance with other Corporately subscribed initiatives
 sound business practices, and
 regard for employee, customer and community environmental expectations,
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ENERGEX will adopt all reasonable and practical measures to:
 continually improve our Environmental Management System (EMS) in conformance with
ISO14001, by establishing, monitoring and reviewing EMS objectives and targets
 monitor and review environmental documentation, processes and performance to
address non–conformances and facilitate continual improvement
 support a philosophy of preventing environmental harm associated with the impacts of
all activities
 contribute to the development of employee, industry and community environmental
awareness and protection
 report on our environmental performance internally and externally
 work within a sustainability framework and use resources responsibly to minimise waste
and maximise value to the community and future generations.
This EIS and draft EMP have been prepared with reference to ENERGEX’s Environmental
Policy.
9.3 General environmental management measures and
procedures
9.3.1 Personnel training
9.3.1.1 Staff and contractor training
ENERGEX will appoint an environmental officer to the project (Project Environmental Officer,
PEO). It will be the responsibility of this individual or the Principal Construction Contractor,
as decided by ENERGEX, to deliver an environmental induction and on–going training
during the construction process. ENERGEX’s maintenance staff will be responsible for staff
training during the operation and maintenance phases of the project lifecycle.
Environmental management training will be provided in accordance with the provisions
outlined in this document as part of the induction process as relevant to each subcontractor
and/or employee. Safety training will be provided to all subcontractors and staff in
accordance with legislative and regulatory requirements.
Records of all training conducted for all staff will need to be kept by ENERGEX. It will be the
responsibility of all contractors and subcontractors working for ENERGEX to keep their own
training records. A review of all training records should occur during the construction phase
of works as part of regular compliance checks. This audit should be conducted by the PEO.
Preconstruction
The appropriate Project Manager (PM) will ensure that all personnel working on the project
during the preconstruction and planning phase of the Project are aware of the requirements
of the EMP. In cases where activities are to be conducted which are not specifically included
in this EMP (e.g. preconstruction site investigations) the PM will ensure that all staff follow
the ENERGEX environmental management standards and guidelines along with the relevant
legislative requirements.
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Construction
All ENERGEX staff and contractors working on the Project are required to report any and all
environmental issues or incidents that occur, to their direct supervisor, whom shall be
responsible for ensuring that these reported incidents are relayed to the ENERGEX
Construction Manager. The Construction Manager will consult with the PEO and identify and
implement the appropriate corrective action(s) and future preventative measures.
A framework should be developed that outlines the correct procedures for resolving
environmental issues or incidents to be used by contractors in the field. This document
should be incorporated as part of the contractual agreement between ENERGEX and the
contractor for undertaking the works on behalf of ENERGEX.
An environmental issues register should be kept throughout the construction phase of the
project. Items to be included as part of the register should provide detail into actions to rectify
observed non–conformances with the EMP and actions to prevent reoccurrences of any
non–conformance issues.
The response to all environmental incidents should be carried out in accordance with the
requirements of ENERGEX’s Emergency Response procedures. This process should also
comply with the requirements of all levels of Government Agencies.
The implementation of the EMP should be recorded throughout the construction phase. Any
non–conformances with the EMP will also be recorded and will include corrective actions to
resolve these non–conformances. The PEO should prepare regular reports, summarising the
performance of construction activities any non–compliances with the EMP and outline the
chosen corrective and preventative actions.
Operation and maintenance phases
ENERGEX is responsible for appointing an officer with the authority and responsibility for
ensuring that relevant training is provided to field staff to ensure compliance with the EMP
during the operation and maintenance phases of the Project. Training for maintenance
personnel should include those same (but not limited to) elements as identified above for
construction phase training.
9.3.2 Workplace health and safety plan
A Project specific ‘Workplace Health and Safety Management Plan’ will be required during
the construction phase and this should be drafted by the Construction Manager appointed by
ENERGEX. Once complete, the Plan should be made available to all employees,
subcontractors and supervisors on the project for implementation and enforcement.
Appropriate emergency responses for safety and environmental incidents will be detailed in
the workplace health and safety plan.
9.3.3 Monitoring and auditing
Monitoring and auditing of work processes will be undertaken to determine the impact to the
environment as a consequence of project construction, operation and maintenance. General
monitoring and auditing will be conducted weekly throughout the construction phase, and
inspections of the operational distribution line will occur at a minimum of annual intervals
during the operation and maintenance phase.
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Regular audits should be undertaken to ensure compliance with the EMP and EWP’s. This
audit program should be undertaken by ENERGEX’s PEO. All records of such audits will be
updated and maintained by ENERGEX. ENERGEX will also be responsible for conducting
follow–up investigations where required and ensuring that corrective actions are being
implemented for any non–compliances that are detected.
The Construction Manager will be kept informed of any non–conformances and may be
directed by the auditor to cease works until such time that rectification of any non–
conformances has occurred.
Preconstruction
The appointed ENERGEX PM will be responsible for ensuring that the EMP is updated and
finalised before the construction phase begins. The PM will also be responsible for ensuring
that all appropriate approvals and permits are outlined correctly and fully in this document
and that any agreements or commitments are highlighted and handed on to the construction
team.
Construction
All ENERGEX staff and contractors working on the Project are required to report any and all
environmental issues or incidents that occur, to their direct supervisor, whom shall be
responsible for ensuring that these reported incidents are relayed to the ENERGEX
Construction Manager. The Construction Manager will consult with the PEO and identify and
implement the appropriate corrective action(s) and future preventative measures.
A framework should be developed that outlines the correct procedures for resolving
environmental issues or incidents to be used by contractors in the field. This document
should be incorporated as part of the contractual agreement between ENERGEX and the
contractor for undertaking the works on behalf of ENERGEX.
An environmental issues register should be kept throughout the construction phase of the
project. Items to be included as part of the register should provide detail into the following;
actions to rectify observed non–conformances with the EMP and actions to prevent
reoccurrences of any non–conformance issues.
The response to all environmental incidents should be carried out in accordance with the
requirements of ENERGEX’s Emergency Response procedures. This process should also
comply with the requirements of all levels of Government Agencies.
The implementation of the EMP should be recorded throughout the construction phase. Any
non–conformances with the EMP will also be recorded and will include corrective actions to
resolve these non–conformances. The PEO should prepare regular reports, summarising the
performance of construction activities any non–compliances with the EMP and outline the
chosen corrective and preventative actions.
Operation and maintenance phase
Staff and contractors working for ENERGEX should report any non–conformances with the
performance criteria of this EMP directly to their superior or section/project manager. The
section/project manager will report the incident immediately to the Environmental Officer who
will in conjunction with the section/project manager, develop and implement an appropriate
mitigation strategy. The strategy should be revisited to determine its effectiveness. Adequate
records of this should be kept by the ENERGEX department for asset management.
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Inspection intervals will be established to ensure regular and appropriate maintenance of the
distribution line and easement are conducted in accordance with ENERGEX’s maintenance
regime and with best environmental practice in mind.
9.3.3.1 Complaints procedure
A complaints procedure and register will be established whereby all complaints will be
channelled to the PEO whom will form the initial point of contact for all enquiries. The contact
details of the PEO will be made readily available to the wider public and all stakeholders to
help implement this procedure. It will be the responsibility of the PEO to record all complaints
in the complaints register and ensure that it is kept up to date. The PEO will contact the
appropriate manager or supervisor in each case to ensure the complaint is addressed. It will
be the responsibility of the PEO to follow up each complaint and ensure that it has been
adequately addressed and the matter closed.
9.3.3.2 Stakeholders
Stakeholders related to this project will include (but may not be limited to) the following:
 Traditional Owners
 directly affected property owners
 the immediate general community
 owners of infrastructure, including utilities, communication lines and roads.
Stakeholders will be engaged to determine how ENERGEX can best conduct the Project in
each phase with minimal disturbance and impact to the Stakeholders day to day operations
and assets in each case.
9.4 Environmental Action Plans
Thirteen action plans have been developed for the Project and are included below. These
plans aim to provide high level implementation strategies and a framework for the
development of each site specific EWP.
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9.4.1 Soils and geology (including erosion and sediment control and contaminated land)
The majority of the alignment traversed consists of very flat topography with some undulating sections. Small patches of hilly country exist to the south of
Mount Stradbroke. Soils through these areas are characteristically more dispersive. As existing easements will be utilised for the majority of the alignment, no
significant changes to the geomorphology will be required to facilitate construction of the Project.
Some minor cut and fill works may be required through undulating sections, in green field construction areas and also to facilitate the installation of new
infrastructure (e.g. support structures, access tracks). Some areas of landslip hazard occur within the former Laidley, Gatton and Ipswich City Shires, as well
as within the Somerset Regional Council.
Table 9.3 Soils and geology
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Policy
 Compliance with the provisions within the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and with the Department of Environment and Resource Management
Draft Guidelines for the Assessment and Management of Contaminated Land.
 Erosion and sediment control work undertaken along the easement will ensure compliance with the draft State Planning Policy Guideline for Healthy
Waters 2009 and will be consistent with best practice environmental management of stormwater as outlined in Soil Erosion and Sediment Control –
Engineering Guidelines for Queensland Construction Sites – IE Australia, 1996 (or subsequent updates).
 Ensure the prevention of environmental health risks posed from any contaminated sites along the easements in accordance with the requirements of
the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
 To avoid, where possible, and/or minimise the occurrence and impacts of erosion and sedimentation within all works areas.
Performance criteria
 Implement Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.
 Prevent the release of untreated water to roadside gutters, stormwater drains, watercourses and drainage features.
 Identification and management of contaminated sites along the easement in accordance with the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
 Stable sites (i.e. absence of erosion) at completion of works.
 Establish and/or maintain suitable vegetative cover or erosion and sediment controls in all work areas.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Detailed earthwork profiles will be undertaken during the detailed design stage of the Project.
 Conduct preliminary geotechnical investigations to determine bearing capacity, excavation characteristics, trafficability and settlement properties of
soil and rocks. Investigations should ensure that areas that are geologically highly variable, e.g. the area to the east of the Brisbane Valley Highway,
are thoroughly covered.
 Ensure that all watercourses that are to be crossed by the project (either temporarily or permanently) are identified and appropriately catered for in
the design and EWP’s. Factors to consider should include the appropriate location of structures and correct compliance with legislative
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requirements.
 Prepare a site specific Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.
 If during any site earthworks or excavation, offensive or noxious odours and/or evidence of gross contamination not previously detected is observed:
 site works are to cease in that area and action taken to immediately abate the potential environmental harm
 the administering authority is to be notified in writing within two (2) business days of detection and advised of appropriate remedial action
 any remedial action is to be developed by an appropriate, qualified and experienced person in accordance with Section 381 of the Environmental
Protection Act 1974.
 under section 371 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1994, if the owner or occupier of land becomes aware that a notifiable activity is being
carried out on the land, the owner or occupier must, within 22 business days after becoming aware of the activity being carried out, give notice under
the subsection to the administering authority in the approved form.
Monitoring and auditing
 Not applicable to this phase.
Reporting
 Environmental Work Plans.
Corrective action
 Not applicable to this phase.
Construction
Implementation
strategy
 Ensure that existing access tracks are utilised where possible to reduce the amount of earthworks and potential for erosion to occur. Where
required, negations are to be undertaken with land owners to seek approval regarding the use of service roads on farms and adjacent properties.
 Ensure that appropriate soil management measures are implemented throughout the construction alignment. These should be specifically catered to
the soil characteristics found on–site.
 Utilise existing access tracks wherever possible.
 Provide a gravel traffic layer to manage against water logging and poor workability following rain, if necessary.
 Position access tracks to minimise impacts to agricultural land use (i.e. pastures) where practicable.
 Locate infrastructure, access roads, parking, laydown, break and winch sites in previously cleared (e.g. grassed) areas, or at sites with minimal
slope grade, where practicable.
 Ensure that all topsoil is stripped and replaced subsequent to the completion of construction activities.
 Stripped topsoil is to be stored in piles not exceeding 2 meters in height, on flat terrain, and to be protected from erosion by installation of erosion
fencing.
 Avoid disturbing vegetation in the bed and banks of all creeks and streams and ensure that the geomorphology of these areas is preserved.
 Avoid (if possible) the exposure of alkaline or sodic subsoils. If required, limit the time of exposure.

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infiltration into these soils.
 Limit all vegetation clearing, included grass ground cover to the minimum required for Project works.
 All cleared areas should have adequate drainage measures in place and will have erosion and sediment control measures installed prior to clearing
or immediately after the fact.
 Ensure bare areas are revegetated and covered with mulch subsequent to the completion of works.
 Continual monitoring for the presence of ASS soils in any excavations in the vicinity of the Lockrose substation and the far western section of the
distribution line.
 If during any site earthworks or excavation, offensive or noxious odours and/or evidence of gross contamination not previously detected is observed:
 site works are to cease in that area and action taken to immediately abate the potential environmental harm
 the administering authority is to be notified in writing within two (2) business days of detection and advised of appropriate remedial action
 any remedial action is to be developed by an appropriate, qualified and experienced person in accordance with Section 381 of the Environmental
Protection Act 1974.
 under section 371 (1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1974, if the owner or occupier of land becomes aware that a notifiable activity is being
carried out on the land, the owner or occupier must, within 22 business days after becoming aware of the activity being carried out, give notice under
the subsection to the administering authority in the approved form.
Monitoring and auditing
 Monitoring of soil and erosion and sediment control management strategies is to be undertaken weekly by the PEO during construction.
 Ensure that event based monitoring is undertaken e.g. immediately after heavy periods of rainfall.
Reporting
 The PEO will record any non–compliance or failure of a mitigation measure within the Complaints Register. The register will include the following
details; the date, the nature of the complaint, the remedial action taken and any monitoring required as a result.
Corrective action
 Immediately re–instate appropriate erosion and sediment control devices after the identification of a failure.
 Immediately install appropriate erosion and sediment control devices if erosion or sedimentation has occurred in area that has not had adequate
measures installed. Consult with any affected land owners to inform them of the breach and the action taken to rectify the problem.
 Update the Environmental Work Plans to incorporate the new or extended measures required.
Operation and maintenance
Implementation
strategy
 Develop and implement a post construction Erosion and Sediment Control Plan for the operational and maintenance phases. The plan will detail the
type of measures which have been implemented and how they work. Appropriate maintenance for each control type should be implemented. A detail
of each different control type and the appropriate remediation action strategies which aim to control each type of failure event.
 Ensure that erosion and sediment control measures are correctly maintained until disturbed areas have stabilised. Such devices shall only be
removed once rehabilitation work is deemed successful.
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Monitoring and auditing
 Ongoing monitoring of areas with dispersive subsoils prone to erosion should occur to ensure that tunnel erosion is avoided.
 Ongoing monitoring of erosion and sediment control measures to determine their effectiveness if installed as part of design.
 Annual assessment of any erosion issues as captured by ENERGEX easement patrol staff.
Reporting
 The PEO or line manager should record any non–conformances and outline the corrective action taken.
 Where required, a work order should be generated to notify ENERGEX maintenance crews of areas or structures requiring attention.
Corrective action
 Stabilisation of areas that have suffered erosion or sediment build up followed by correct erosion and sediment management of the area until it has
reached stabilisation and been adequately rehabilitated.
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9.4.2 Acid sulfate soils
The lowest elevation along the Study Alignment is approximately 40 m AHD. As such, it is not anticipated that Acid Sulfate Soils (ASS) are expected to be
encountered within the easement. Desktop investigations however, have indicated that some environmental conditions, conducive to the formation of ASS are
present along the Study Alignment. Although this does not confirm whether ASS are actually present or not, monitoring for the presence of ASS should be
conducted for any areas of excavation in the vicinity of the Lockrose substation and the far western section of the distribution line.
Table 9.4 Acid sulphate soils
Action Plan: Abermain to Lockrose distribution line
Policy
 Prevent environmental and health risks arising from disturbance of any ASS occurring in any work areas, in accordance with the requirements of the
Environmental Protection Act 1994,Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 2009 and Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.
 Satisfy the State Planning Policy 2/02 Guidelines – Planning and Managing Development involving Acid Sulfate Soils.
 Satisfy the Queensland Acid Sulfate Soils Technical Manual – Soils Management Guidelines Version 3.8.
Performance criteria
 Minimal disturbance to ASS as a result of the Project.
 Testing and treatment of ASS in accordance with the Queensland Acid Sulfate Soils Technical Manual – Soils Management Guidelines Version 3.8.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Before any earthworks are undertaken, geotechnical investigations will investigate the presence of ASS within areas in close proximity to Lockrose
substation and in the far western section of the distribution line, where there is a higher potential for ASS to occur.
 If initial investigations indicate that ASS occurs in any of the proposed excavation areas, an ASS management plan will be developed before
construction begins.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Not applicable to this phase.
Reporting
 Records of core drill and test pit sample result sheets will be held by the Construction Manager.
Corrective action
 Not applicable to this phase.
Construction
Implementation
strategy
 If ASS is detected in a work area, the PEO will be advised and work shall cease until a site specific ASS management plan is developed and
implemented.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Undertake monitoring in accordance with the Queensland Acid Sulfate Soils Technical Manual – Soils Management Guidelines Version 3.8.
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Reporting
 Sample collection and testing records kept to confirm the presence or absence of ASS within work areas.
 In the instance that environmental harm occurs in relation to ASS during the construction phase, the PEO and the Construction Manager will be
immediately advised and professional advice to remediate any impacts will be sought directly.
Corrective action
 If ASS is encountered in the excavations, the disturbed soils will be treated with an appropriate neutralising agent in accordance with the ASS
management plan and the Queensland Acid Sulfate Soils Technical Manual – Soils Management Guidelines Version 3.8.
Operation and maintenance (it is unlikely that any operation and maintenance issues will result regarding ASS unless excavation is required)
Implementation
strategy
 For any future maintenance that requires earthworks in the identified ASS areas, ensure that pre–excavation soil sampling and testing occurs.
 Any ASS encountered as a result of sampling and testing will be reported to the ENERGEX appointed Environmental Officer, who will in turn ensure
development and implementation of a site specific ASS management plan.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Implement the pre–construction and construction monitoring requirements as outlined above.
Reporting
 The ENERGEX appointed Environmental Officer will ensure all soil sampling and testing records are kept in accordance with the developed ASS
management plan.
Corrective action
 If ASS is encountered in the excavations, the disturbed soils will be treated with an appropriate neutralising agent in accordance with the ASS
management plan and the Queensland Acid Sulfate Soils Technical Manual – Soils Management Guidelines Version 3.8.
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9.4.3 Hydrology and water quality
The Study Alignment traverses a number of both named and un–named watercourses and drainage features including small drainage lines, ephemeral and
permanent creeks. In all, a total of 20 watercourses have been identified as occurring over the length of the Study Alignment. At three of these locations, the
watercourses enter the easement but do not intersect it. Potential impacts to the values associated with these (e.g. water quality, habitat function, etc) are
possible as a result of construction, operation and maintenance of the Project.
Table 9.5 Hydrology and water quality
Action Plan: Abermain to Lockrose distribution line
Policy
 Ensure compliance with the draft State Planning Policy Guideline for Healthy Waters 2009.
 Ensure compliance with the Environmental Protection Act 1994, the Environmental Protection (Water) Policy 1997 and Water Act 2000.
 Ensure that all risks to hydrological values that are in proximity to the alignment are minimised.
Performance criteria
 Construction and operation of the Project will not result in permanent deterioration of water flow or quality in creeks or drainage lines within or
immediately downstream of the Study Alignment.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Detailed design to provide appropriate setback of distribution line structures away from watercourses, banks and drainage lines.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Evidence of consideration of watercourses in design and construction methodology during detailed design.
Reporting
 Environmental Work Plans.
 Background water quality information.
Corrective action
 Not applicable to this work phase.
Construction
Implementation
strategy
 Develop and implement an Erosion and Sediment Control Plan.
 Where possible, schedule surface disturbance and construction works in drier parts of the year to reduce rainfall erosion potential.
 Stage vegetation clearing to limit the area exposed to erosive processes at any one time.
 Use existing access tracks and roads in favour of creating new tracks or driving on previously undisturbed ground.
 Minimise disturbance to ground surfaces and soil and utilise existing cleared areas for material stockpiles and layover areas.
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 Ensure that all hazardous substances, including any fuels and chemicals are stored appropriately and with regard to MSDS specifications.
 Ensure all vehicles are well maintained to reduce the likelihood of oil leakage. All spills should be cleaned up immediately.
 No maintenance of vehicles used in construction activities is to be carried out in the field, these activities are to be limited to purpose built service
facilities.
 Ensure all personnel receive training in accidental spill clean–up and management procedures.
 Develop a specific Dewatering Management Plan to ensure that groundwater that has entered construction voids is removed and relocated without
impact on the quality of the receiving land soils or surface waters.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Visual monitoring of the water quality in all creeks and waterways crossed by the Project and downstream of the construction activity is to be
undertaken on a weekly basis by the PEO.
Reporting
 In the event of a non–compliance of water quality objectives or impedance to flow, the non–compliance will be recorded in the Environmental Issues
Register by the Environmental Officer. The record should state the circumstances that occurred to facilitate the failure and outline the corrective
actions implemented to rectify.
Corrective action
 Immediate cessation of the activity that caused or contributed to the non–conformance.
 Immediately take action to reinstate the water quality objectives.
 Immediately remove any obstacles that may have prohibited the flow within water courses and drainage lines.
 Immediately rehabilitate and stabilise watercourse beds and banks where riparian vegetation has inadvertently been damaged.
 Action Plans should be updated if required, due to the failure of water quality and flow protection devices.
Operation and maintenance
Implementation
strategy
 Immediate remediation of any accidental spills or foreign substances.
 Inspections and clean out of culverts and pipes in watercourse crossings structure for snags, waste, sediment loads and macrophyte growth to
ensure that surface water flow is not impeded.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Visual inspections of the bed and banks of waterways should be undertaken during the regular line maintenance periods. Inspections should focus
on monitoring of watercourse bed and banks immediately adjacent to constructed watercourse crossings to determine if bank erosion or washouts
are occurring.
 Visual inspections of the crossing structures should be undertaken during line maintenance periods to determine if an impedance to flow is occurring
within crossing structures. Inspections should focus on monitoring structures for sediment or rubbish build–up and also macrophyte growth that has
the potential to restrict flows.
Reporting
 The PEO or line manager is to record any non–conformances and outline the corrective action taken.
 Where required, a work order should be generated to notify ENERGEX maintenance crews of areas or structures requiring attention.
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Corrective action
 In the case where erosion or flow impedance has occurred, ENERGEX maintenance crews will be required to undertake repair or remedial works to
re–instate the area.
 Prior to the commencement of remedial works, ENERGEX will need to liaise with the appropriate local government and/or administrative authority to
obtain the necessary permits to conduct works on and within the bed and banks of a waterway and employ the appropriate management strategies
as required.
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9.4.4 Climate and air quality
Impacts to air quality have the greatest potential to occur during the construction phase of works. This potential impact may arise through a number of sources
that are required to facilitate construction, these include; vegetation clearing, earthworks, line stringing and exhaust emissions. A number of these activities
may also be employed during the operation of the line as part of the ongoing maintenance, though to a much lesser extent. Whilst these activities do have the
potential to impact on air quality, construction works at any one location is very localised and short in duration, thereby lowering the overall impact of the
activity.
Table 9.6 Climate and air quality
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Policy
 To minimise the impact of dust and other particulate emissions generated as a result of construction and maintenance activities.
 Ensure compliance with the Environmental Protection Act 1994 and the Environmental Protection (Air) Policy 2008.
Performance criteria
 No air quality complaints from nearby residences.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Ensure planning and design of the Project will aim to stage vegetation clearing and retain ground cover where able, to reduce the area of
disturbance and minimise the potential for erosion and wind entrainment of dispersive soils.
 Ensure servicing schedules are developed for all plant and machinery in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications to reduce the potential for
polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) spills and the need for in–the–field maintenance.
 Notify all adjoining land owners of the proposed construction and maintenance activities.
Monitoring and auditing
 Not relevant to this phase.
Reporting
 Not relevant to this phase.
Corrective action
 Not relevant to this phase.
Construction
Implementation
strategy
General:
 use existing roads and access tracks to minimise the need for earthworks
 stage vegetation clearing activities and retain ground cover where possible to minimise the areas of ground surface exposed to wind entrainment
 ensure that the loads of all haulage vehicles are covered when delivering materials to, or removing materials from, work areas
 ensure that reduced speed limits over exposed surfaces are enforced
 ensure that all equipment having the potential to affect air quality values is fitted with dust collection devices
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 when required, water trucks and/or dust suppressants should be utilised
 road sweeping or (similar) of any sealed roads that are frequently trafficked by construction vehicles
 locate all stockpiled spoil away from sensitive receptors
 incorporate erosion mitigation measures for any stockpiles that will be stored for extended periods including covering or stabilisation with grass
cover.
Machinery:
 ensure all vehicles and machinery are switched off when not in use
 ensure that vehicles and machinery are not left idling for extended periods of time in close proximity to sensitive receptors
 all vehicles should be fitted with appropriate filters to reduce particulate emissions.
Odour control:
 ensure vegetative waste is chipped or mulched in preference to burning
 ensure that all machinery is not left idling or operational when not in use.
Monitoring and auditing
 The Construction Manager and PEO will be aware of and monitor all emissions and particulate dispersal.
 Where required, monitoring of plant or equipment that has previously caused nuisance to ensure that corrective actions are appropriate.
Reporting
 The PEO will keep a record of all complaints in the Complaints Register. The register is to include the following details; the date, the nature of the
complaint, the remedial action taken and any monitoring required as a result.
 Where required, ENERGEX will supply administering authorities with all air quality nuisance complaints received.
Corrective action
 Corrective actions will include water spraying for dust suppression or cessation of plant or equipment causing the nuisance emission.
Operation and maintenance
Implementation
strategy
 Ensure that all vehicles and machinery are switched off when not in use.
 Ensure that vehicles and machinery are not left idling for extended periods of time in close proximity to sensitive receptors.
 All vehicles should be fitted with appropriate filters to reduce particulate emissions.
Monitoring and auditing
 Monitoring of operation and maintenance activities to ensure compliance with the performance requirements as specified in this action plan.
Reporting
 ENERGEX appointed maintenance crews will keep a register of all complaints received in relation to air quality impacts. The register will include
the following details; date, nature of the complaint, remedial action taken and any monitoring as required.
Corrective action
 Appropriate actions will include water spraying for dust suppression or operation, cessation of plant or equipment causing the nuisance emission.
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9.4.5 Biological environment
Potential impacts to ecological values within the study area include; loss of vegetation and habitat, habitat fragmentation, impacts to Threatened species and
edge effects (including the spread of weed species). Vegetation clearing required within the easement and to accommodate the infrastructure will necessitate
the removal of remnant vegetation and regulated regrowth comprising the habitat of a range of plants and animals. Where possible, the avoidance of
environmental impacts has been planned for throughout the planning and design phases of the Project. Ongoing opportunities may also arise to further reduce
or avoid impacts at a local scale through the detailed design process.
Table 9.7 Biological environment
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Policy
 To minimise the impacts on terrestrial flora and fauna that are likely to arise from the construction of the Project.
 If required, all waterway crossings are to be designed in accordance with the DPI’s Why do fish need to cross the road? Fish passage requirements
for waterway crossings (Fairfull & Witheridge 2003).
 Offsets for RE and high value regrowth will be in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding 2006.
Performance criteria
 Impacts or disturbance to flora and fauna values outside the required corridor width and substation footprint area should not occur except where
deemed unavoidable for construction access.
 Vegetation clearing will conform with the performance requirements of the relevant vegetation management code, where possible.
 Rehabilitation works are to ensure the health and establishment of an adequate groundcover and shrub layer within the easement.
 No increase in erosion and sedimentation to the waterways crossed by the easement is to occur.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Ensure all construction drawings and schematics clearly identify ‘Endangered’ RE or ‘Endangered’ regulated regrowth as a restricted area.
 Ensure that structure locations take into account areas of sensitive habitat and ‘Endangered’ RE or regulated regrowth and where possible, consider
design alterations or relocation to avoid impact.
 Ensure that all construction drawings and environmental work plans clearly define the location of threatened flora and essential habitat.
 Undertake a pre–construction weed audit and develop a targeted weed management plan that will aim to begin controlling weeds before the
construction phase commences.
 Ensure that construction planning incorporates an area for vehicle wash down.
 Ensure the development of a site specific landscape plan that integrates and complements the habitat values of the Study Area, where required:
 planting of a range of native shrubs, trees and groundcover plants
 incorporation of existing natural vegetation where possible
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 linking of bushland remnants
 maintenance of plantings through a landscaping plan.
 Project offsets strategy to include vegetative links to surrounding bushland.
 Develop and implement a Flora and Fauna Management Plan – the plan will include details for feral animal and pest control, rehabilitation
objectives, monitoring activities and further detailed design measures.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Not relevant to this phase.
Reporting
 Specific management strategies for threatened communities and species will be developed prior to construction of the Project.
Corrective action
 Not relevant to this phase.
Construction
Implementation
strategy
 Ensure that ‘Endangered’ RE or ‘Endangered’ regulated regrowth communities that encroach onto the easement or are adjacent to access tracks,
are clearly identified using signposts and fenced off to prevent unauthorised clearing and vehicular and personnel traffic.
 The contractor will be responsible for developing a project specific weed management plan for implementation throughout the construction phase.
 Ensure that no storing, stockpiling or dumping of construction materials or waste occurs in any surrounding vegetation communities.
 Ensure that no refuelling of plant or equipment occurs within proximity to waterways or sensitive vegetation.
 If fuels or other hazardous chemicals require storage on–site, ensure that they are stored in a correctly bunded area.
 Ensure that the use of herbicide is managed and restricted, e.g. no foliar application to be used on site.
 Ensure vegetative buffers are maintained along drainage lines.
 Install and maintain appropriate erosion and sediment control measures prior to the commencement of pad and track construction.
 Ensure that all vehicles are washed down at appropriately identified locations to minimise the spread of exotic flora.
 Plant macrophytes along the stream banks to filter flow and enhance bank stability where areas have been disturbed by construction or vegetation
clearing activities.
 Ensure locally occurring native shrubs, trees and groundcover are used in revegetation areas in accordance with the landscaping management plan.
 Where available and appropriate, dead trees and stumps may be positioned in strategic locations to enhance fauna habitat.
 Where possible, provide vegetative links to existing bushland remnants in the Study Area.
 Implement a two stage clearing protocol for any hollow–bearing tree clearing.
 Ensure all hollow trees to be felled are marked, their species catalogued so that nest boxes can be matched and affixed to similar standing trees.
 Attach nest boxes to trees in a way that allows for tree expansion.
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 Ensure nest box position takes into consideration aspect, height and location that is appropriate for the target fauna species. Ensure that the GPS
location of each hollow position is taken.
 Ensure that all vegetation uses either native collected seed prior to clearing, or commercially available plants or seed if obtainable.
 Place transportable habitat features such as large logs and boulders, in adjacent retained areas where possible to allow their continuation as
potential fauna refuge sites.
 During vegetation clearing ensure that a spotter/catcher is present to assist with the rescue and relocation of any impacted fauna.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Undertake ongoing management and monitoring of weed invasion through a weed management plan.
 Monitoring for the presence of feral animals.
 Where tree lopping is the preferred action to prevent the removal of threatened or endangered vegetation, monitor regrowth and lop tree if safety
clearances are breached.
Reporting
 If clearing is required beyond that initially deemed necessary, the PEO will clearly define the new areas in the field.
Corrective action
 Provide offsets appropriate to level of impact.
Operation and maintenance
Implementation
strategy
 All clearing of vegetation and any disturbance to communities will only be undertaken to ensure the operational security and safety to the public, in
accordance with the Electrical Safety Regulation 2002.
 Evidence of large wingspan bird strike or bat strike will be investigated by maintenance personnel and the Environmental Officer.
Monitoring and
auditing
 The ENERGEX appointed Environmental Officer is to record any disturbance to essential habitat or vegetation communities.
 The ENERGEX appointed Environmental Officer is to record any evidence of fauna activity within the area.
 Monitoring of revegetation areas to determine the health and establishment of the area.
Reporting
 Not applicable to this phase.
Corrective action
 Revegetation areas that have not been successfully rehabilitated will be replanted as part of the Project. Subsequent monitoring of these areas will
be required.
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9.4.6 Cultural heritage values
The potential for the Project to impact on unknown cultural and historical heritage sites within the existing easements is considered to be low due to previous
land use practices such as vegetation clearing and the development of rural residential and rural uses within the area. There is a requirement however, that
should an item or artefact of potential cultural heritage significance be encountered during excavations a number of actions will be required to be taken to
ensure the correct treatment, assessment and preservation of any significant find occurs.
Table 9.8 Cultural heritage values
Action Plan: Abermain to Lockrose distribution line
Policy
 Ensure that cultural heritage values present within the project area are identified and protected throughout the lifecycle of the Project by
complying with:
 provisions of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003
 provisions of the Queensland Heritage Act 1992.
Performance criteria
 No impacts to cultural or historic heritage artefacts or sites.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 ENERGEX will engage and consult with the relevant Aboriginal group(s) for the area in accordance with the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Act 2003.
Monitoring and auditing
 Not applicable to this phase of the Project.
Reporting
 Not applicable to this phase of the Project.
Corrective action
 Not applicable to this phase of the Project.
Construction
Implementation
strategy
 All construction related activities will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of the prevailing Cultural Heritage legislation
 All construction works are to avoid the identified Reservoir Precinct (as listed in Schedule 3 (identified place of interest) and Schedule 2 (character
places) of the Ipswich City Council Planning scheme)
 In the event that any item or artefact of potential cultural heritage significance is encountered during construction works, the following actions are
required:
 works in that area will cease immediately and the Site Supervisor is to be informed
 the Site Supervisor is to contact the Environmental Officer who will contact the Project Cultural Heritage Advisor to inspect the find and assess
the significance of the find
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 if the find is not considered significant the Project Cultural Heritage Advisor will advise that work can recommence
 if the find is significant, an exclusion zone will be identified to enable work to proceed around the find without causing harm
 depending on the significance of the find, the Project Cultural Heritage Advisor will advise if further actions are required and whether
conservation or archival documentation or investigation is required
 once appropriate recording or conservation is undertaken, the Project Cultural Heritage Advisor will advise the Site Supervisor that construction
works can recommence at that location.
Monitoring and auditing
 The Site Foreman is to undertake daily visual monitoring during any construction and/or disturbance works for archaeological and cultural heritage
materials etc.
Reporting
 All construction related activities will be reported on, in accordance with any agreements previously reached and all relevant legislation.
 If potential archaeological or cultural heritage materials are discovered, the Cultural Heritage Coordination Unit (Department of Environment and
Resource Management) is to be notified immediately on (07) 3238 3838, or police (if potential human remains are found), as appropriate.
Corrective action
 If potential archaeological or cultural heritage materials are discovered, the Cultural Heritage Coordination Unit (Department of Environment and
Resource Management) is to be notified immediately on (07) 3238 3838, or police (if potential human remains are found), as appropriate.
Operation and maintenance
Implementation
strategy
 All operation and maintenance related activities will be conducted with any previously reached agreements and all relevant legislation.
Monitoring and auditing
 Visual monitoring of proposed disturbance areas is to be undertaken prior to operation and maintenance activities being conducted.
Reporting
 All operation and maintenance related activities will be reported with any previously reached agreements and all relevant legislation.
 If potential archaeological or cultural heritage materials are discovered during the operation and maintenance phase, the Cultural Heritage
Coordination Unit (Department of Environment and Resource Management) is to be notified immediately on (07) 3238 3838, or police (if potential
human remains are found), as appropriate.
Corrective action
 If potential archaeological or cultural heritage materials are discovered, the Cultural Heritage Coordination Unit (Department of Environment and
Resource Management) is to be notified immediately on (07) 3238 3838, or police (if potential human remains are found), as appropriate.
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9.4.7 Health, safety and amenity
Electric and magnetic fields are part of the natural environment and are present in the Earth’s core and the atmosphere. Further, modern life involves frequent
contact with magnetic fields from a variety of sources such as appliances and electrical machinery. Residents close to the Abermain to Lockrose distribution
line easement may have concerns about the potential for adverse health effects associated with the infrastructure. Other health and safety concerns for the
project relate to natural hazards such as bushfires, floods, and landslips.
Visual amenity is a measure of the visual quality of a site specific landscape by residents, workers, or visitors. The visual effect of any change to an existing
landscape is a measure of the degree that the change contrasts with the existing landscape setting, consistent with that, the degree to which it is integrated.
The visual effect of the 110 kV distribution line is created by the interaction of the line proposal with the visual settings of the landscape within which it is to be
placed. The visual effect will vary along the Study Alignment, reÀecting the changes in the landscape and the relationship with the viewing locations around
the distribution line.
The following Action Plan will be implemented to address the perceived and potential issues associated with health, safety and visual amenity that may arise
as a result of the project.
Table 9.9 Health, safety and amenity
Action Plan: Abermain to Lockrose distribution line
Policy
 To minimise the potential interference caused by electric and magnetic fields associated with the transmission line and substation at nearby
residences and sensitive receivers.
 Electric and magnetic field strengths for the proposed asset will be well below the exposure limits set by the National Health and Medical Research
Council for members of the general public.
 To minimise the potential effects of natural hazards, such as floods, landslips and bushfires, onto the project.
 To minimise the visual impact of the 110 kV distribution line at sensitive locations by applying specific mitigation measures.
Performance criteria
 Where reasonable, there will be no noticeable or appreciable deterioration of radio or television signals received at residences or sensitive receivers
nearby to the transmission line and substation.
 Owners are informed about the EMF/health issue.
 No reasonable or relevant complaints in relation to EMF.
 To ensure that the distribution line design is compatible with and cognisant of the potential impacts of the natural hazards that may occur within the
easement.
 Reduction or minimal change in the visual impact of the proposed 110 kV powerline in relation to the already existing ENERGEX 110 kV line that it
will replace.
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Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Detailed design will consider maximising the distance from residences and other sensitive receptors from the HV distribution line.
 Detailed design will maximise the use of existing adequate easement corridors and prudent design measures e.g. reverse phasing etc.
 Provide EMF information to owners and adjacent residents and/or conduct magnetic field readings on request.
 Locate all structures outside of flood prone areas, where possible.
 In floodplain areas, design and locate the distribution line structures to withstand floodwaters when inundated.
 Undertake geotechnical investigations for the structure footings, and design each structure and foundation to specially suit the local terrain.
 Consult with the regional offices of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and Emergence
Management Queensland during the preparation of the construction, operation and decommissioning EMPs and ensure that appropriate regional
contacts are included.
 Ensure joint coordination and planning activities with Powerlink’s 500 kV transmission line project during the detailed design.
 As part of the environmental works plans, specific visual mitigation strategies will be identified for site specific conditions in detailed designs.
 Locate new poles in close proximity (within 5 – 10 m) to the existing timber poles. The only areas where this will not be the case is where minor
alignment changes are required to accommodate the Powerlink 500 kV transmission line, or where it has been deemed feasible to co-locate the
infrastructure to ensure social, environmental and economic benefit.
 Consult with the directly affected landholders in regard to potential realignments of the powerline to minimise visual impact.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Undertake baseline monitoring of EMF levels along the current 110 kV single circuit line to determine EMF levels experienced by receptors at
present.
Reporting
 ENERGEX to record levels for later reference.
Corrective action
 Not applicable to this phase of the Project.
Construction, operation and maintenance
Implementation
strategy
 Conduct pre–energising and post–energising magnetic field readings on request.
 Assist property owners who experience radio and television disturbance as a result of the line, with the installation of appropriate signal
strengthening devices.
 Burning of vegetative waste should only be conducted where it becomes overly difficult to remove and dispose, or mulch and chip the waste on-site.
A ‘Permit to Light Fire’ will be obtained in accordance with Section 65 of the Fire and Rescue Service Act 1990.
 Provisions of ENERGEX’s Bushfire Risk Management Plan will be incorporated into the Construction Environmental Management Plan and will be
implemented throughout the construction phase of the Project.
 Maintenance on easement vegetation is to be carried out to ensure operational and safety clearance requirements are maintained.
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 Notify Queensland Ambulance Services in advance of any road closures during construction.
 Provide accurate and detailed location information including suitable areas for aero-medical unit helicopters and access routes to construction sites,
to both the QAS South Eastern Region and South Western Region Communications centres.
 Consult with the regional offices of Queensland Fire and Rescue Service (QFRS), Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) and Emergence
Management Queensland during the preparation of the construction, operation and decommissioning EMPs and ensure that appropriate regional
contacts are included.
 Retain all screening vegetation that falls outside of the easement and does not pose a safety risk to the powerlines.
 Implement the standard ENERGEX Post Construction Strategies for the proposed Abermain to Karrabin 33 kV line.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Not applicable to this phase.
Reporting
 Report on any EMF health concerns to the resident EMF expert in ENERGEX.
 Monitor and audit against the Performance Criteria and Implementation Strategy sections of this EMP will be conducted for visual impacts.
Corrective action
 Not applicable to this phase.
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9.4.8 Noise and vibration
Impacts associated with noise generation are limited to those that may occur during construction, which are temporary and of short duration. Any noise
impacts associated with construction can also be successfully mitigated. Potential impact will primarily occur during the construction phase of the project with
little difference in acoustic values occurring in the operation and maintenance phases against current conditions.
Table 9.10 Noise and vibration
Action Plan: Abermain to Lockrose distribution line
Policy
 Comply with the provisions listed under ‘Division 3 Section 440R Default Noise Standards’ of the Environmental Protection Act 1994.
 Comply with the provisions listed under section 6I of the Environmental Protection Regulation 2008.
 Comply with the Environmental Protection (Noise) Policy 2008.
Performance criteria
 No noise related complaints from nearby residences.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Design of the line hardware to Australian Standards (refer Australian Standard 60265 – High voltage switches, Australian Standard/New Zealand
Standard 2947.1 – Insulators) to reduce high–frequency fields and potential for corona discharges.
 Ensure adequate consultation with community stakeholders and sensitive receptors. Information should provide adequate lead time as well as
expected levels and duration of any disturbance.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Not applicable to this phase.
Reporting
 Not applicable to this phase.
Corrective action
 Not applicable to this phase.
Construction
Implementation
strategy
 Designate times for construction activities to occur in order to minimise the effect of noise on sensitive receivers in the area of works.
 Avoid after hours works and works over weekends in noise sensitive environments.
 Ensure that appropriate traffic control measures are implemented through noise sensitive areas.
 Ensure that plant and equipment is not left idling when not in operation.
 Ensure the community is informed of any blasting activities that may cause nuisance noise or vibration, if determined to be necessary during detailed
design. Information should include the expected intensity and duration of the proposed activity.
 Ensure the community is informed of any helicopter line stringing activities. Adequate lead time will be provided to allow for the stowing of family pets
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and the marshalling of livestock.
 Observe all known ‘no–fly’ zones.
Monitoring and
auditing
 All noise nuisance related complaints will be recorded in the Complaints Register by the PEO.
 In the event of a noise nuisance complaint, the PEO will take immediate action to investigate and attenuate (if appropriate) the source of the noise.
 All monitoring and auditing of noise will be undertaken in accordance with Australian Standard AS 2436 — Guide to Noise Control on Construction,
Maintenance and Demolition Sites and Noise Measurement Manual EPA 2000 (or latest edition due for release).
Reporting
 If a noise nuisance complaint is received, the PEO will log the information in the Complaints Register. The information recorded will include the date,
time, nature and duration of the event and the corrective action taken to attenuate the acoustic nuisance.
Corrective action
 The PEO will inform the Principal who will take appropriate steps to attenuate the source of the noise.
Operation and maintenance
Implementation
strategy
 Ensure that methods implemented for the construction phase of works are incorporated when conducting regular inspection, maintenance and repair
of the infrastructure.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Ensure that operation and maintenance activities comply with the requirements as outlined in this EMP.
 Routine maintenance of the asset will include an assessment (qualitative) of activities for acoustic generation and their potential to cause nuisance.
Reporting
 All complaints will be recorded in the Complaints Register. Information will include the date, time, nature and duration of the event that caused the
disturbance as well as the corrective action taken to attenuate the acoustic nuisance.
Corrective action
 Future operation and maintenance activities will be modified to ensure that acoustic nuisance is not generated in that way.
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9.4.9 Waste avoidance and management
Construction, operation and maintenance of the Project is likely to generate both general and regulated wastes. Provided best practice measures are
incorporated with the mitigation measures outlined in this chapter, both ‘general waste’ and ‘regulated waste’ streams generated during the lifecycle of the
project will not have a significant impact on social or environmental values within the area.
Table 9.11 Waste avoidance and management
Action Plan: Abermain to Lockrose distribution line
Policy
 Compliance with Environmental Protection (Waste) Policy 2000.
 To employ the waste management hierarchy: avoid and minimise the generation of wastes and where waste is generated to employ appropriate
management and treatment practices.
 To avoid contamination of land or water within or adjacent to the project area by implementation of appropriate waste management practices.
Performance criteria
 Minimal waste generated from construction of the distribution line and associated infrastructure.
 Appropriate storage and disposal of waste streams generated by project works.
 No land or water contamination within or adjacent to the project area.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Not applicable to this phase.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Not applicable to this phase.
Reporting
 Not applicable to this phase.
Corrective action
 Not applicable to this phase.
Construction
Implementation
strategy
 Implementation of the waste management hierarchy detailed in the Environmental Protection (Waste) Regulation 2000 (i.e. avoid, reduce, reuse,
recycle and dispose) should be used to determine appropriate materials for construction of the distribution line and associated infrastructure:
 avoid waste through construction methods
 reduce waste through construction methods and purchasing specifications
 reuse waste by actively seeking out operations that can reuse the waste generated
 recycle waste by actively seeking out operations that can recycle the waste generated.
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 The contractor is to prepare a Waste Management Plan which addresses collection, handling, storage and disposal of waste (including any
regulated wastes).
 Where clearing of vegetation is required to facilitate construction of the Project, disposal of felled vegetation is to be undertaken in consultation with
the relevant landowner.
 Equipment maintenance and repairs will be conducted off–site where possible and if this is not achievable (through breakdown) then maintenance
and repairs will be undertaken within a designated bunded area on site.
 Portable ablution facilities will be provided at each work site for use during the construction phase. These facilities will be serviced and all waste
transport must be undertaken by an appropriately licensed and regulated waste transport contractor.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Monitoring of waste collection, handling, disposal, storage and transfer is to be undertaken in accordance with the Waste Management Plan which is
to be prepared by the construction contractor.
Reporting
 Copies of all hazardous and regulated waste disposal certificates are to be provided to ENERGEX.
 Workforce personnel are to be inducted in waste management as outlined in the Waste Management Plan. All inductions are to be recorded in the
Induction Register.
 The contractor is to provide a summary of all non–compliances, corrective actions and preventative actions to ENERGEX on a monthly basis as
part of a monthly compliance report.
Corrective action
 Where deficiencies or non–compliances in construction waste management are identified, the Waste Management Plan is to be updated/amended
accordingly and all workforce personnel are to be inducted to the amendments. All inductions are to be recorded in the Induction Register.
Operation and maintenance
Implementation
strategy
 Measures to reuse, reduce or recycle materials such as cleared vegetation, clean packing, scrap conductors and excess steel will be implemented.
 Equipment maintenance and repairs will be conducted off–site where possible and if this is not achievable then maintenance and repairs will be
undertaken within a designated bunded area on site.
 All waste including regulated and hazardous materials will be removed from the site and disposed of in a manner that minimises the risk to the
environment or human health, and complies with the appropriate regulatory requirements.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Monitoring of waste materials and their potential for reuse should be undertaken regularly.
Reporting
 A report of materials used, recycled and reused should be prepared regularly detailing where further reductions in waste generation can occur.
Corrective action
 In the event that large amounts of waste are generated, the potential for recycling and reuse should be investigated.
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9.4.10 Infrastructure
The RAAF Base Amberley is located approximately 6 km south of the Study Alignment on the outskirts of Amberley in the Mount Goolman area of Ipswich
City. The line also crosses a number of roads and will be collocated with the APA high pressure gas pipeline (PPL2) for much of the route. The Study
Alignment is also in close proximity to a water pipeline owned by WaterSecure and crosses three approved exploration permits. Traffic and transport control is
further addressed in Section 4.10.
Table 9.12 Infrastructure
Action Plan: Abermain to Lockrose distribution line
Policy
 To ensure that pre–construction, construction, operation and maintenance of the Project does not adversely impact on other existing infrastructure
within the project area.
Performance criteria
 No impact to existing infrastructure (e.g. telecommunications, pipelines (water and gas), roads, rail, electricity supply etc) within the project area.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Clearance/separation distances between transmission line infrastructure (e.g. support structures and conductors) and other infrastructure are to be
designed in accordance with the minimum clearance provisions provided in the Electricity Regulation 2002.
 Prior to construction works commencing, ‘Dial Before You Dig’ searches are to be undertaken of every work area where ground disturbance and
excavation is expected. This is to ensure that underground infrastructure (e.g. telecommunications cables) are not damaged as a result.
 Engage and consult with relevant tenure holders (i.e. APA Group, WaterSecure, Fernrow Pty Ltd, BNG Pty Ltd, and Metrocoal Limited) as part of the
consultation process during the detailed design phase.
 During detailed design phase, undertake the following for any works to be undertaken in close proximity or within the easement of WaterSecure’s
pipeline infrastructure:
 assess the adequacy of the existing WaterSecure pipeline’s cathodic protection, and negotiate to upgrade it if necessary
 undertake a risk assessment to determine future risks to the pipeline or to personnel, including an investigation to determine mitigation of low
frequency induction and earth potential rise to ensure operator safety to current Australian Standards requirements
 investigate and rectify where required to WaterSecure’s satisfaction changes to the pipeline operating conditions, such as existing telemetry
systems interference
 consider entering into a Co-Use Agreement with WaterSecure during detailed design
 make a formal application for assessment of the power line design to WaterSecure as per the prescribed process in WaterSecure’s Consent
Guidelines.
 Refer also to implementation strategies listed in the Action Plan for traffic and transport (including flight paths).

Develop an action plan for traffic and transport through consultation with Local Government and Queensland Department of Transport and Main
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Roads(DTMR) to determine road closures requirements and specifications where road crossings are required during stringing activities.
 Consult with APA, to determine process and requirements for construction activities in close proximity to the high pressure gas pipeline.
 Consult with the RAAF to determine any design mitigation that may be required.
 Forward detailed design of the Project to the Department of Defence for final assessment and to determine any design mitigation that may be
required.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Not relevant to this phase of the Project.
Reporting
 Not relevant to this phase of the Project.
Corrective action
 Not relevant to this phase of the Project.
Construction, operation and maintenance phases
Implementation
strategy
 Comply with implementation strategies listed in the Action Plan for traffic and transport (including flight paths).
 Comply with any engineering specification as determined during the pre–construction with reference to construction activities in proximity to the APA
gas pipeline.
 Include any design requirement as specified by the Department of Defence for the RAAF Base Amberley.
 Engage and consult with relevant tenure holders (i.e. APA Group, WaterSecure, Fernrow Pty Ltd, BNG Pty Ltd, and Metrocoal Limited) as part of the
consultation process during the project construction and operation phases.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Refer to monitoring and auditing strategies listed in the Action Plan for traffic and transport (including flight paths).
Reporting
 Refer to reporting strategies listed in the Action Plan for traffic and transport (including flight paths).
Corrective action
 Refer to corrective action strategies listed in the Action Plan for traffic and transport (including flight paths).
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9.4.11 Traffic and transport
A number of roads traverse or occur in the Study Alignment corridor, including State–controlled roads under the management of the Queensland Department
of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) and local authority roads under the management of a number of local councils. The Project construction and operation
phases are not expected to significantly affect the existing transport and aviation infrastructure within the study area once appropriate mitigation measures and
consultation has been undertaken.
Table 9.13 Traffic and transport
Action Plan: Abermain to Lockrose distribution line
Policy
 Ensure safe flow of traffic associated with the Project and minimise the impact of project traffic by complying with:
 the ‘General Environmental Duty’ under Environmental Protection Act 1994
 Council's Planning Scheme schedule and By–laws on traffic
 DTMR and QR requirements for access to and crossing of road and rail corridors.
Performance criteria
 No traffic movements off or away from the approved easement access tracks.
 Minimal disturbance to normal traffic flow.
 No transport related incidents (including vehicles travelling to and from the Project area(s)).
 Nil complaints from surrounding property owners for access conditions or conduct of Project vehicles.
Pre–construction
Implementation
strategy
 Detailed design of the Project will be forwarded to the Department of Defence for final assessment and to determine any design mitigation that may
be required.
 During detailed design, ENERGEX is to identify locations where aerial markers on overhead infrastructure (support structures, conductors, etc)
would be required. This would include areas in which aerial crop spraying is undertaken.
 A detailed Traffic Management Plan based on DTMR’s ‘Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices’ is to be prepared by the construction contractor
prior to construction works commencing.
 Appropriate permits and approvals are to be sought and received from the Queensland DTMR prior to oversize and heavy vehicle movements (for
delivery of transmission line and substation construction materials) occurring.
 Appropriate permits and approvals will be sought from the DTMR prior to any hazardous or dangerous goods being transported.
 Detailed planning for drawing of cables across State–controlled roads will be conducted by the construction contractor in consultation with the
DTMR. All necessary approvals required from the Department for undertaking these works (e.g. temporary road closure) will be applied for and
received prior to works commencing.
 When an application is made to DTMR for a Temporary Road Closure, the applicant will need to ensure the supporting information includes:
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 Traffic Management Plan will be based on DTMR’s ‘Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices’.
 The applicant also needs to ensure that all appropriate contractore insurances are in place once works begin.
 Liaise with the DTMR to agree to location of temporary access points from State–controlled roads for construction purposes. All access is to be at
highly visible locations.
 Where drawing of cables is required across local government roads, all appropriate permits and approvals will be sought prior to construction works
and any road/lane closures.
 During project planning, consideration will be given to conducting construction works which are likely to cause more significant traffic disruption and
delay at times of low traffic volumes.
 Prior to construction ENERGEX will consult with landowners and/or other stakeholders in order to determine the most appropriate locations for new
easement access tracks once structure locations have been finalised.
 Prior to commencing property access for construction activities, ENERGEX is to contact and formally advise landowners of the need for property
access.
 Implement and meet any agreed landholder requirements for access (e.g. notifications, biosecurity management, weed management, etc).
 During detail design phase of works, ENERGEX will identify if and where construction activities will need to occur on State-controlled road reserves.
Specific Environmental Work Plans will need to be developed for each construction location and will identify, for example:
 the location of access tracks allowing heavy vehicles to gain access onto the construction site
 the consideration and mitigation of any noise, vibration and dust issues
 the consideration and mitigation of any vegetation clearing requirements
 consideration of any soil disturbance issues including erosion and sediment control and contaminated land impacts.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Not applicable to this Project phase.
Reporting
 Reporting will consist of attainment of all necessary permits, agreements and/or approvals.
 ENERGEX to record all consultations with landowners regarding location of access tracks and property access for construction purposes.
Corrective action
 ENERGEX to determine appropriate corrective actions during this Project phase.
Construction
Implementation
strategy
 Consult with landowners regarding construction access to structure locations and the easement. Obtain landholder agreement in relation to new
property access requirements and location of access tracks.
 Use, wherever practicable, existing roads and farm/property/access tracks for access.

Implement the Traffic Management Plan. Dedicate traffic management personnel for traffic management and safety purposes, particularly when
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construction works are being conducted close to roads or where lane closures are required.
 Induct all personnel on the Traffic Management Plan and all relevant site access requirements and protocols.
 Implement Project requirements for access (e.g. notifications, biosecurity management, weed management, etc).
 Implement all permit/approval requirements for access.
 Ensure temporary or permanent road signage complies with the Department of Main Roads Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Device and be
approved by the relevant council and/or the Department of Transport and Main Roads.
 Handle gates in accordance with the following protocol:
 open gates are to be left as found
 closed gates are to be returned to the closed position after vehicles pass through the gate
 the person who opens the gate is to close the gate to ensure that the gate is secured as found
 gates found closed or locked are not to be left open and unattended, for vehicle convoys or while site personnel visit a property
 gates which have locks installed must be kept locked at all times
 any signage on the gate must be followed.
 Install appropriate signage, where required, on off–road access tracks to assist with construction personnel keeping to these approved access
tracks.
 Limit vehicle speed on unsealed access tracks to a maximum of 40 km/h. Vehicle speed limit may be reduced on unsealed access tracks where
condition of access tracks or potential for environmental nuisances is a concern.
 Erect traffic warning signs where warranted by limited visibility.
 Conduct stringing lines across major roads and railways in consultation with the road controlling authority. Where possible, program stringing during
low traffic movement periods, such as early morning to minimise disruption to road users. Necessary approvals to be obtained by the contractor.
 Ensure that transport of hazardous or dangerous goods is in accordance with the Australian Dangerous Goods Code for road and rail and
Transport Operations (Road Use Management) Regulation 1995.
 Weed spread avoidance strategies e.g. wash downs are to be implemented.
 Confine all activities to within the approved work area, for example within the easement, work pads and sites and approved off easement access
tracks. Off easement areas are not to be used for storage of plant, equipment or vehicles without landholder and ENERGEX’s approval.
 Clearly identify all Project (ENERGEX and contractor) vehicles so that the community can identify the vehicles without confusion.
 All authorised vehicles accessing the Project site and work areas are to have current registration and insurance.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Monitoring will be conducted by the Site Foreman to ensure compliance with the Performance Criteria and Implementation Strategies specified in
this Action Plan.

The Site Foreman will undertake general surveillance of access tracks and surrounding areas for damage to access tracks, off access movements
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or impact on other road users.
Reporting
 All complaints are to be duly noted and recorded in the Complaints Register.
 Reporting of safety and traffic issues will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of all permits, approvals and/or agreements. The
Construction Manager will advise regulatory authorities of any non–conformances with respect to relevant approvals, permits and/or agreements.
Corrective action
 Should a valid complaint be received, it will be investigated immediately and corrective action taken within 24 hours.
 Should permit, approval and/or agreement conditions for safety and/or traffic not be met, an immediate review of current mitigation measures will be
undertaken with appropriate corrective action implemented.
 Repair damage to private assets, access tracks and local roads in consultation with the relevant stakeholder and/or landowner.
Operation and maintenance
Implementation
strategy
 Determine maintenance access routes and protocols in consultation with landowners.
 Implement weed spread avoidance strategies e.g. wash downs.
 Use existing roads and tracks as far as possible to access the transmission line infrastructure and easement.
 Limit vehicle speed on unsealed access tracks to a maximum of 40 km/h. Vehicle speed limit may be reduced on unsealed access tracks where
condition of access tracks or potential for environmental nuisances is a concern.
 Where practicable, ENERGEX will collaborate with private landholders to provide appropriate deterrence signage, gates and fences, which will
discourage or reduce the potential occurrence of illegal access and use of new access tracks for such unlawful activities.
Monitoring and
auditing
 Safety and traffic issues will be monitored in accordance with relevant permit, approval and agreement conditions.
 Record all complaints in the Complaints Register and report on remedial action.
Reporting
 All complaints are to be duly noted and recorded in the Complaints Register.
 Reporting of safety and traffic issues will be conducted in accordance with the requirements of the relevant approvals, permits and/or agreements.
Corrective action
 Should a valid complaint be received, it will be investigated immediately and corrective action taken.
 Should permit, approval and/or agreement conditions for safety and/or traffic not be met, an immediate review of current mitigation measures will be
undertaken with appropriate corrective action implemented.