TOLL Holdings Limited (TOLL) proposed the development and upgrade of berthing and infrastructure at both the Port of Melbourne and the Port of Burnie. The upgrades to the two ports were part of a larger project undertaken by TOLL across both Victoria and Tasmania, which aimed to increase capacity in freight transport across Bass Strait with lower emissions.
In 2017, ERIAS was engaged by TOLL to provide project support in planning and environmental approvals for the port upgrades.
ERIAS undertook noise, underwater noise, marine ecology and marine sediment and water quality assessments, and prepared reports that met the Tasmanian and Victorian local planning and state requirements, as well as consideration of the Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act). Works Consent and Development Applications were also prepared for the Port of Melbourne and TasPorts. As part of this, ERIAS developed environmental management plans for both ports and a soil management and reuse plan for contaminated soil management. ERIAS also developed a stakeholder engagement plan for the project.