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Environment

GoldLinQ is committed to delivering the Gold Coast light rail project in a sustainable manner and is implementing a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan to cover design and construction activities associated with the works.

The Environmental Management Plan identifies what needs to be protected and the controls necessary to achieve this. This includes the waterways in and around the alignment, regional ecosystems at the northern end of the alignment, cultural heritage aspects, along with the usual dust and noise issues associated with construction activities.

Before works can commence in any area, teams undergo environmental inductions, carry out risk assessments to identify environmental issues and identify and implement environmental controls. During construction, supervisors and environment team members will actively monitor and review environmental controls and make improvements where necessary.

GoldLinQ’s environmental performance will be assessed every three months to ensure it continues to perform to a high environmental standard.

Environmental monitoring

As part of the overall environmental management process, an extensive monitoring program will be implemented. Construction monitoring encompasses noise, dust, vibration, soil and surface and ground water.

GoldLinQ has already undertaken baseline noise monitoring and water quality testing in the local waterways along the light rail corridor.

Sustainability

GoldLinQ is committed to delivering the Gold Coast light rail project in a sustainable manner. Engineers and construction companies are always reviewing decisions, designs and construction methods to reduce the amount of resources required, which in turn minimises the impact on the community and ensures value for money.

GoldLinQ’s success will be measured against targets that reflect the quadruple bottom line – cost, environmental, community and quality – to ensure the project is accountable and responsible.

Gold Coast’s protected frog species

The Green Thighed Frog is native to the east coast of Australia and has been recorded in the Loders Creek Catchment in Southport. Protected under the Nature Conservation Act 1992 (QLD) as a near threatened species, the Green Thighed Frog has very distinctive bright green markings around its groin and thighs. You can often hear this distinctive frog when it makes a series of quacks or wok sounds.

This frog lives around grassy semi-permanent ponds and flood prone areas. Breeding occurs between September and May, typically after heavy rains.

Updated:
20 March 2014 15:53