Environmental and Landholder Support from Planning to Rehabilitation

Melanie Dixon November 24, 2020

Applied Environment & Safety provided environmental and landowner liaison support from planning through to rehabilitation for the TransGrid Wagga Wagga to Tumut transmission line rebuild project. This 18-month, $20 million project involved the replacement of 243 wooden pole structures spanning 80 km across diverse landscapes in central New South Wales.

Our support to the project commenced during planning with the development of the Construction Environmental Management Plan and other approvals. Then onsite environmental management and compliance support throughout construction.

Rehabilitation Starts with Planning

Due to project area being located partially within the Snowy Mountains, substantial earthworks were required to establish safe access and construction work areas. These large-scale disturbed areas were monitored and managed throughout the project. 

We worked closely with contractors and landowners throughout the project from initial access and vegetation clearing works through to final site rehabilitation. Early engagement with earthmoving contractors ensured valuable topsoils and vegetation were managed appropriately for reuse in rehabilitation. Other rehabilitation controls included erosion and sediment controls; topsoil stockpiling and management; and seeding to promote vegetation growth and ground stabilisation. 

By working closely with landowners throughout the project, this ensured expectations of final site conditions were agreed upon and rehabilitation works carried out accordingly. 

This project was completed in mid-2020 following extensive rehabilitation works. Now, several months after the project’s completion, disturbed areas are progressively returning to their pre-work condition.

All works were completed on schedule and to the satisfaction of all stakeholders. 

For information on other transmission line projects that we have supported, visit our Projects page