Flying-fox Forum & Strategic Vision

Ecosure were proud to sponsor the 2016 National Flying-fox Forum in partnership with EIANZ and Logan City Council during National Threatened Species Week. The forum was just the second National event focused on flying-foxes in 30 years. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JkOKTd6bnk0&t=1s[/embed] The program included a half day field trip to Emerald Woods Flying-fox Roost and Redcliffe Botanical Gardens as well as a full day forum at the Griffith University EcoCentre. The field trip allowed participants to view first hand that actioned recommendations can benefit the community without harming the native flying-fox colony. The forum was attended by 75 participants from 38 different bodies…

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Flying-fox NSW Grants Program

The NSW State Government has pledged $1 million for councils to assist managing community impacts of flying-fox camps. Funding, matched on a 1:1 basis (including in-kind), is available for preparing a camp management plan (CMP) implementing emergency actions at camps where there is a significant community impact implementing approved actions in (completed or draft) CMPs, such as education initiatives, habitat restoration or creation, buffer creation, subsidies to impacted community members. Grant applications to implement actions under an existing CMP close on 26th August 2016. Applications for funding towards emergency actions and CMP development close on 30 April 2017. The guidelines…

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Qld vegetation clearing regrowth laws

On the 17 March 2016, the government introduced the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, which is currently being considered through the parliamentary committee process. One of the amendments proposed by the bill is the reintroduction of high value regrowth on freehold land (Category C), and regrowth vegetation on watercourse areas (Category R) for Great Barrier Reef Catchments. To see if your property is affected by the proposed regrowth laws, you can obtain a map at the following website: Vegetation map request form. The proposed laws governing regrowth have not yet passed parliament, and are not likely to…

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Planned reforms to reduce tree clearing rates

The Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) was released on Saturday 28 November 2015. This study, prepared by the state Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, monitors Queensland’s forests and woodlands to determine the extent of clearing. This most recent study identified that the rate of vegetation clearing in Queensland doubled between 2012 and 2014, most likely as a result of changes in vegetation clearing laws introduced by the Newman Government in 2011.  Statewide, the area of clearing increased by a staggering 73% between 2011-12 and 2012-13. This rate continued to climb between 2013 and 2014 and reached nearly…

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From pet fish to pest fish!

Last weekend Brisbane City Council held a pest fish education event encouraging families, anglers and members of the public to bring along their fishing rods and fish for pest species at The Lake Parklands, Forest Lake. As well as removing pest fish such as tilapia from the lake, the event aimed to inform the public about the number and variety of exotic fish species living in the regions waterways, the impact they have on the environment and how they frequently come to be there (i.e. pet fish owners releasing their exotic aquarium fish into waterways). Ecosure Senior Ecologists Chris Pietsch (aquatic) and…

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Advanced offsets for landholders and graziers in Queensland

  The latest changes in Queensland’s offset framework, give landholders the ability to register their land as an advanced offset with the Queensland Government.  This gives landholders the ability to supplement their income by allowing their land to be used as an offset. The environmental offset framework is covered under the Environmental Offsets Act 2014, Environmental Offsets Regulation 2014 and the Queensland Environmental Offset Policy 2014. A list of properties currently listed as available for advanced offsets is available at: http://www.ehp.qld.gov.au/assets/documents/pollution/management/offsets/offsets-register.xlsx How much money can you get for an offset? Changes in the offset framework have provided an opportunity for…

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