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Pacific Motorway

(M1) upgrade

Planit was engaged by the Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) to review environmental factors within the road verges to upgrade the Pacific Motorway. The reviews were completed in two stages: Nerang to Robina, and Varsity to Tugun. The project involved a review and update of the preliminary environmental assessment and management documents for the Pacific Motorway upgrade – Nerang to Tugun, applicable to each stage.

In addition to the supplementary fauna and flora assessments to update the environmental assessments within the preliminary study, Planit identified the key environmental values and areas relevant to the project area. The significance of the area within the road reserve and areas associated with the Burleigh Heads – Springbrook Ecological Corridor were reviewed.

Mitigation strategies to avoid, reduce and offset impacts during the construction and operational stages were investigated and discussed within the final document.

One of DTMR’s key objectives was to decrease vehicle collisions with fauna and assess potential fauna crossing structures within the Varsity Lakes to Tugun Stage to enhance fauna movement within the locality. The viability of potential fauna crossing structures to increase the functioning of the Burleigh Heads – Springbrook Ecological Corridor was assessed using strict guidelines for target fauna requirements and construction standards.


Nerang to Robina and Varsity Lakes to Tugun, Queensland


March 2017 – present


  • Site investigations
  • Flora survey
  • Fauna survey
  • Vegetation community analysis and mapping
  • Targeted surveys for threatened species and ecological communities
  • Impact assessment of matters of national environmental significance.

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