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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Launch of new National Standards for Ecological Restoration – 15th March 2016

For the past 3 years Ecosure Principal Restoration Ecologist, Jen Ford, has been assisting the Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia (SERA) to develop the National Standards for Ecological Restoration. The standards provide a blueprint of principles, methods and steps required to plan, implement, monitor and evaluate a wide spectrum of restoration projects to increase their likelihood of success. Jen’s involvement with the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators, and her position on the Board of SERA, placed her among a group of restoration ecology experts from thirteen organisations consulted as advisors and contributors to the standards. With the recent finalisation of…

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Valentines day undie run for Neurofibromatsis

Ecosure is proud to support Katrina Sinclair at the Gold Coast Cupid’s Undie Run this Valentines Day, to raise awareness and funds for Neurofibromatsis (NF) and the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia. Katrina, who is married to Ecosure Senior Botanist Geoff Sinclair, was born with NF, a genetic condition which causes tumors to form on the body, sometimes with debilitating consequences. Tumors can result in disfigurations, extreme nerve pain and difficulty with learning and social skills. Over 100 babies are born with NF in Australia every year. On Sunday 14th February Katrina will be running through Burleigh Heads in red undies to support the cause.…

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