Second National Flying-Fox Forum held in Sydney

The follow-up to the successful 2016 forum was recently held in Sydney on Wednesday 25th October. Ecosure once again played a pivotal role in the development of the program and organising speakers for 2017 event, continuing our involvement from the 2016 forum. This years’ event attracted around 100 delegates to a day of thought provoking research updates, state updates and two workshops – one on developing a guideline for managing Heat Stress Events (HSE) for flying-fox camps and the other being a structure research gap analysis. The forum also provided an update on the National Flying-fox Strategic Vision and delegates were…

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Calliope River Restoration

The Queensland Government is funding the project in 2017-2018 under DAF1498CQA-3 for the provision of rehabilitation and management of fish habitat in Central Queensland. Key outcomes of the project: 1- Promote linkages between and amongst (connectivity) the area where fish live (habitat). 2- Improve the existing degraded environments where fish live. 3- Reduce the impacts to the environments where fish live. The project aims to achieve these outcomes by identifying priority areas of the Calliope River and, with the help of the land holders, restore these areas to improve the river and native vegetation along these sections. There are three…

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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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Queensland Vegetation Management Bill 2016

One of our previous news entries reported on the rapid escalation of clearing across QLD, largely as a consequence of amendments by the former LNP government to legislation which protected native vegetation. Moves are now underway to address this with the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Bill 2016 being introduced into parliament in Queensland on the 17th March 2016.  This bill proposes to reinstate Queensland vegetation clearing laws that were altered by the previous amendments. Some of the proposed changes include: The reintroduction of the High Value Regrowth (Category C) layer introduced on the 14 November 2013 in the…

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