Lynwood Quarry is located on just under 1,000 hectares of previously mixed agricultural grasslands and remnant vegetation communities. The quarry development impacts on only a proportion of the land owned by Holcim. The remaining land is managed under environmental management plans dedicated to increasing the ecological characteristics, resilience and functionality of the ecosystems within the landscape. Holcim is dedicated to meeting all of our environmental obligations under the development consent, offset requirements and the environment protection licence.
Offsets at Lynwood
During construction, ecological matters of national environmental significance (MNES) were identified within the site. The future works associated with construction and operation of the quarry were referred to the Australian Government under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act) and require offsets under the legislation. The Box Gum Woodland Management Plan (BGWMP) has been developed to meet the requirements of the approval and to ensure impacts of the quarry development are limited.
The management plan targets the protection, management and rehabilitation of the White Box - Yellow Box - Blakely’s Red Gum Grassy Woodland and Derived Native Grassland and the hoary sunray (Leucochrysum albicans var. tricolor).
Over 185 hectares, stretching the entire southern boundary of the site, has been fenced off and is managed to facilitate objectives of the offset management plan.
Lynwood’s Rehabilitation and Landscape Management
Holcim is committed to managing and rehabilitating the lands owned by the company surrounding the construction area. The Rehabilitation and Landscape Management Plan provides the framework for Holcim’s rehabilitation works, directs the implementation of the Habitat Management Area, provides direction for the management of remnant vegetation, details the required landscaping measures and minimises the impact of the project on riparian areas. The plan details the specific works Holcim is committed to undertake to increase the ecological vitality, resilience and functionality of the vegetation communities on Lynwood property not affected by the development.
The objectives of this Rehabilitation and Landscape Management Plan are to:
- provide the framework for site rehabilitation and the implementation of works for the habitat management area
- define management requirements for riparian areas, including management of specific work sites within riparian areas
- describe the strategies for management of remnant vegetation, habitat values and property management issues; and
- outline the landscaping strategy for the project area.