Environmental report finds Southern Feeder Road stage two is clear for work

A report into the environmental impact of the second stage of the Southern Feeder Road (SFR) has given an all-clear for the work.

The Review of Environmental Factors prepared for Orange City Council said there was no need for an Environmental Impact Statement on the project.

“The assessment demonstrates the activity as proposed would not have a significant effect on the environment and as such an EIS is not required,” the report found.

The second stage of the road through southern Orange involves a bridge being built over the western railway line north of Sir Jack Brabham Park with a road running 840 metres between Elsham Avenue and Forest Road.

Edward Street would also be extended south by 440 metres through the former saleyards to link up with the SFR.

The report found there would be minimal impact on the environment, there were no items of heritage or Aboriginal importance in the way and it would not create excess sound or pollution.

However, the report said it would change the look of the area.

The report also notes that work on the third stage of the SFR, extending it further west, would likely occur in the next 10-15 years.

It also said completion of the road to Ploughmans Lane was not likely to occur until even later.

The report is on public display at the Orange City Council offices and on the council website until 5pm on Thursday May 31.

Council spokesman Nick Redmond said council staff would then consider any public submissions.

“Funding for the project is contained in the 2018/19 budget and will be considered by the council in the coming weeks,” he said.