Great Northern Clean Up

Ecosure’s Rockhampton staff and family members participated in the ‘Great Northern Clean Up’ last month. 10 staff and their families participated on the day collecting marine debris and rubbish along 10 km of Farnborough beach between Sandy Point and Bangalee (located north of Yeppoon). Location of site: https://goo.gl/maps/YVArGqdK73S2 The Great Northern Clean Up is the equivalent of ‘Clean up Australia Day, but takes place in September when the weather in the tropics is more suitable for outside work. The team were eager to do their bit to minimise the impacts this debris can have in the coastal and marine environments, and…

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11,000 ha of additional national park for Queensland

Ecosure welcomes today’s announcement by the Queensland government of the addition of 11,000 ha of land to national parks within Queensland. The land, previously forest reserves, includes forests around Bulburin National Park west of Bundaberg which will help protect many of the threatened species in that area, including the long-nosed potoroo and the critically endangered Bulberin nut (Macadamia jansenii), which is down to 40 individuals. The changes also include land adjacent Danbulla and Kuranda National Parks near Cairns and Atherton, and significant additions to Dryander National Park (Proserpine) and Kelvin National Park (near Mackay). These changes are welcomed as the…

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Correction of vegetation maps for graziers in Queensland – PMAVs

Clearing of vegetation in Queensland is regulated by the Vegetation Management Act 1999, which maps areas of regulated vegetation in which clearing is restricted.  Areas of remnant vegetation are mapped as regulated vegetation and cannot be broad-scale cleared for grazing purposes. However, sometimes these maps are incorrect and it is possible to have these maps amended, allowing increased use of your property. If you believe that the mapping is incorrect on your property, Ecosure can prepare a Property Map of Assessable Vegetation (PMAV) application for submission to the Department of Natural Resources and Mines to change the area incorrectly mapped…

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Ecosure is seeking expressions of interest for experienced fauna spotter catchers

Ecosure is an award winning ISO certified environmental consultancy, employing over 100 people with an impressive and diverse client base. We specialise in ecology, wildlife, vegetation and aquatic ecology. Our head office is on the Gold Coast with branches in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Emerald, Sydney and Adelaide. We have a bold vision to support a world where people and the natural environment thrive together. Ecosure is committed to providing an outstanding work environment and empowering a high performance team through strong commitment to developing our people. We are seeking expressions of interest for Fauna Spotter Catchers or Ecologists with pre-clearance experience.…

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Weed control across vital Seqwater catchments

Over the past 12 months Ecosure’s Ecological Restoration division has worked hard to control significant weed infestations across six catchment areas on land managed by Seqwater and crucial to south east Queensland’s water supply. During 2014/15 Ecosure’s dedicated bush regenerators controlled a variety of highly destructive weeds as part of a large scale weed management project. “Some infestations were significant, seriously impacting creek zones that lead into main water supplies and, therefore, requiring control to assist the future stability of those riparian zones,” Principal Restoration Ecologist Jen Ford said. The work carried out in priority areas, as identified by Seqwater, was extensive and large…

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Landholder fined $15,000 by the Department of Environment and Heritage for clearing cycads

A landholder in Central Queensland was recently fined $15,000 for clearing endangered plants (listed under the Nature Conservation Act 1992) without a clearing permit.  The clearing involved the endangered plant Cycas ophiolitica (a cycad), and the landholder was also subject to an enforcement order requiring the planting of 50 new cycads in the same area (for which they incurred substantial costs). Fines like these can be avoided when clearing vegetation by checking with the responsible state and federal authorities: Department of Natural Resources and Mines - for clearing remnant vegetation under the Vegetation Management Act 1999 Department of Environment and Heritage…

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