The Kinley JV is obliged to remediate the quarry under the current Work Authority issued by DJPR Earth Resources Regulation. Leaving the quarry, which makes up some 15% of the site area, could present a public safety issue, and also creates a barrier for the movement of people from each side of the project.
The filling and rehabilitation of the quarry is being undertaken under rigorous geotechnical monitoring regime, to an engineering specification agreed with the relevant authorities, designed to deliver a developable platform. Filling activities are overseen fulltime by experienced geotechnical specialists. Any future development across the former quarry area is contingent on meeting stringent agreed performance criteria and securing independent geotechnical verification.
Being a former quarry, the majority of on-site vegetation at Kinley has previously been cleared. Remnant vegetation in the developable area predominantly comprises trees which were planted as visual breaks to the quarry, or those planted on the large stockpiles of overburden which are now being placed back into the quarry as part of the rehabilitation process.
On-site tree removals adhere to an approved vegetation removal plan which was developed and agreed with Council. For example, the approval allows the removal of 872 trees to allow the development of Stages 1, 2 and 3. On balance, the Kinley development will deliver a substantial net increase in trees and vegetation as the development progresses.
Where possible, trees will be retained where they are not affected substantially by planned site works, such as along some of the interfaces with existing development.
Kinley has been subjected to detailed ecological, flora and fauna investigations, and the Kinley JV is committed to continue working with professional ecologists to ensure any wildlife on site is treated as humanely as possible, whether the management of incumbent populations or the removal of potential habitat.
Intrapac is currently working with DELWP on a relocation strategy for the mob of approximately 30 eastern grey kangaroo’s currently landlocked on the site. A specialist team has been assembled which hopes to run a pilot project to create an evidence base for future management of landlocked populations of eastern grey kangaroos.
Delivering homes for the future is an essential part of place making, and ensuring the dwellings we deliver over the next 15 to 20 years remain resilient for the health and wellbeing of the community is paramount.
Our focus on sustainability, whether in the creation of public places or requirements for development of private lots, ensure we minimise our environmental impact and realise a safe climate place, reduce demands on potable water, deliver an urban habitat that enhances local biodiversity for a place that is healthy and highly liveable, delivers transport choice for frictionless movement and creates a place that encourages positive human relationships.
Our commitment will be assured and monitored through independent accreditation of the project through known sustainability schemes.