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Arboricultural and Ecological Assessment at the Valda Wetlands

Performing a large ecological and arboricultural inventory

  • $1.3B

    Project Value

  • 13


  • Melbourne, Victoria

    Melbourne, Victoria

Managing challenging environmental assessments of a significant freeway upgrade

During the planning of the Eastern Freeway Upgrades from Burke to Tram roads, arboricultural and ecological assessments for Valda Wetlands needed to be done to identify ecological values and make sure impacts are avoided or minimised from the construction. Our team was there to help.

Our ecologists and consulting arborist spent several weeks performing day and night surveys, mapping and quantifying the ecological values within the survey area. This involved the identification, measurement, evaluation, photography, and tagging of trees and undertaking vegetation quality assessments for several ecological vegetation classes. The inventory included protected flora species, noxious weeds and pests, native vegetation, habitat trees and threatened flora, fauna, and ecological communities.

The survey was a success, despite encountering several constraints, including the site being nestled in a residential area, an active park, and a busy freeway. Our work also involved the locating and re-assessment of specific trees from a five-year-old survey, night-time surveys with traffic management along a busy freeway, and performing safe and efficient assessments of sloping terrain leading to a waterway and managing extreme weather conditions.

The work led to additional engagements for native vegetation mapping, quantification, and support services for planning permit application. 

At a Glance

  • Eastern Freeway –
  • Burke to Tram Alliance
Meet Our Team

Mark Vergara, Group Lead, Ecology (South East)/Senior Principal

Leading with empathy is such an important concept. As leaders, we should help team members achieve their full potential without burnout.
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Matthew Hall, Team Lead, Terrestrial Ecology (VIC)

Raising the general level of environmental literacy within the wider community is essential for our future.
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Mark Vergara

Group Lead, Ecology (South East)/Senior Principal

Matthew Hall

Team Lead, Terrestrial Ecology (VIC)

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