Are bats to blame for COVID-19?

A lot of people having been asking “Are bats to blame for our current COVID-19 crisis?” At the moment we don’t know - the animal source host (if there is one) for human COVID-19 virus remains obscure. Best guess is that the virus jumped into people from an animal associated with the huge live animal market trade in Wuhan, China. However, this is just a circumstantial assumption and we are still a long way from confirming or refuting this scenario - or for that matter, whether bats had any role in this process at all. Why are bats so high…

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New Central Queensland Regional Manager

A changing of the guard within Ecosure’s Central Queensland Team has recently taken place in January. Paul Wileman has returned to the CQ Office from a 9 month secondment with the Department of Transport and Main Roads, and is looking forward to guiding the team through this new phase. Paul joined Ecosure in 2017 and has a breadth of experience in assisting engineering consultants and construction contractors to comply with environmental requirements and development applications through planning/pre-construction/construction/project closure. He is eager to build capacity across the team to meet our client complete environmental lifecycle needs. Heather Richards remains with Ecosure,…

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Queensland Bushfire Attack Level (BAL) Assessments

BAL (bushfire attack level) assessments are often required by Queensland local councils in a bushfire prone area for Material Change of Use applications Reconfiguration of a Lot applications Building approvals Bushfire prone areas are identified in the bushfire hazard overlay within your local planning scheme. Bushfire attack level is a graded assessment of the severity and risk for a building’s exposure to ember attack, radiant heat and direct flame contact. There are five different exposure classes ranging from 12.5 (very low risk) to FZ (extreme risk): BAL-12.5 – low risk BAL-19 – moderate risk BAL-29 – high risk BAL-40 –…

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Squirrel glider found and released by Ecosure post-bushfire

While conducting post-bushfire wildlife monitoring near Maclean, NSW our team captured a squirrel glider using an Elliot trap. Once it was safe to do so, the squirrel glider was released early in the morning by Ecosure’s ecologist Jennifer Young. The fire started in the first week of September 2019 and lasted two weeks due to treacherous and dry conditions. Named the Shark Creek fire it started 1km from the squirrel glider release site and went on to consume tens of thousands of hectares, eventually burning all the way to Yamba, NSW. Click here to watch the video https://youtu.be/d4PRQ-s6uF4 This beautiful…

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Ecosure attends reef restoration and leadership workshop

Five of our lucky staff members recently earned the opportunity to attend a Reef Restoration and Leadership workshop at the Orpheus Island Research Station, hosted by Reef Ecologic. The four-day workshop was attended by over 30 amazingly passionate and inspirational people from different backgrounds and walks of life. The event brought together managers, scientists, traditional owners, community members and tourism operators. It offered the entire group a valuable opportunity to connect traditional knowledge and western science through the common goal of learning about different small-scale methods to help reef restoration, while we ‘buy time’ to scale up for large-scale reef…

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Jen Ford presents at SER conference in Cape Town

By Jen Ford, Principal Restoration Ecologist In September I presented and participated in the Society of Ecological Restoration (SER) 8th World Conference in Cape Town, South Africa. More than 850 delegates attended from 68 countries. The main themes of the conference were cultural approaches to restoration, restoration for water security, economics of restoration, and implementing restoration on a global scale. It has always been clear to me that ecological restoration is key to healing our land, sea, people and communities and restoration activities are a way of healing our relationship to the planet. At this conference, these ideas were fully cemented…

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