Engineering surveys, geotechnical drilling and flora and fauna surveys have been undertaken for the East West Link to provide valuable background information to help develop the project.
Geotechnical testing has been undertaken along Alexandra Parade, in the suburbs of Fitzroy, Carlton and Parkville and within Royal Park. Find out how geotechnical studies help to determine an appropriate route and construction methods for a project.
View a map of the geotechnical drilling locations completed as at October 2013 (PDF 3.1MB).
Flora and fauna assessments
Flora and fauna investigations involve experienced ecologists and botanists visiting locations in the project area, including Royal Park, Moonee Ponds Creek and Merri Creek, to better understand the ecology that exists.
These studies have provided input into a referral document for the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC). It found that there is unlikely to be a significant impact on EPBC listed animal or plant species that might be located in the project area. This means that there are no special Commonwealth requirements to be considered as part of the project’s planning and delivery. However, environmental matters will be carefully considered under State planning legislation.
Other technical studies
In addition to the drilling, people might notice field specialists along the project corridor as they observe the existing environment for things like heritage, land use, transport and urban design. All of this work will feed into the planning process to ensure a good understanding of the current landscape as the project develops.