Consulting Projects

GroNATIVE – A new app to improve Queensland’s biodiversity

Year: 2016 / 2017
Project Type: 
Innovative Technology, Conservation

Natura Pacific, partnering with Griffith University, was successfully awarded a grant to create a brand new app for south-east Queensland. As part of the Labor Government’s ‘Advance Queensland’ initiative, this project seeks to provide innovative and exciting new technology for people in south-east Queensland to bring back native vegetation.

From private urban gardens to landscape-scale bush regeneration projects, the app uses post code geo-location, pre-clearing remnant ecosystem data and tailor made gardening styles to allow people to hand-pick a planting palette that will flourish in their chosen area.  The app promotes the use of native plants in order to bring back biodiversity, reduce the occurrence of garden escapes becoming new environmental weeds and provide a linking corridor of vegetation that will ‘re-green’ our region in the face of our changing climate.

GroNATIVE is due to be launched in early 2017 and will be free to download.

The Melaleuca irbyana Project, Queensland

Year: 2016
Project Type:
Endangered Species Management, Conservation

Natura Pacific is working alongside Lendlease, Logan City Council, Department of Defence, Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) to harvest the seed of Melaleuca irbyana in south-east Queensland.

This species is listed as ‘Endangered’ under the Queensland State Government’s Nature Conservation (Wildlife) Regulation 2006. It is also the keystone species in a nationally threatened ecosystem called ‘Swamp Tea-tree Forest of south-east Queensland’ which is listed as ‘Critically Endangered’ under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.

Natura Pacific is now helping to ensure its continued survival in the wild and to reconnect fragmented Swamp Tea-tree Forest with propagated individuals grown at QUT and the Arthur Gorrie centre. The project involves many different parts of the community in a collaborative effort to bring back this important and enigmatic species from extinction. It is hoped that 4,000 new trees will be planted in and around the plant’s native range of Logan shire and Ipswich thanks to the vision of this project. Data collected during this project will also help QUT students to improve threatened species propagation techniques.

Koala Offset Management – Tallebudgera Springs, Queensland

Year: 2015 / 2016
Project Type: 
Offset Management

Natura Pacific were contracted to survey, design and implement a Koala Offset Management Plan for a residential development at Tallebudgera on the southern Gold Coast.

Under Queensland state laws, Koalas require stringent conservation and planning mitigation measures. Tallebudgera is a local hub for Koalas and contains large swathes of remnant wet sclerophyll forest and notophyll vine forest pockets along waterways with many large habitat trees. Natura Pacific is working to minimise the impact on these forests during the construction of house pads and roads by replanting removed habitat trees at a ratio of 1:5 in other parts of the site to link up Koala movement corridors, buffer overall fragmentation impacts and improve aesthetic and living quality for future residents. The intention is that this development will be one of the more sustainable and least environmentally impacting housing estates on the Gold Coast, and that with careful management, Koalas will continue to inhabit these forests long after completion.

Yarrabilba Long-Term Environmental Management Project, South East Queensland

Year: 2011 to Current
Project Type:
Environmental Assessment, Management and Monitoring, Restoration Planning, GIS, Community Engagement

Natura Pacific is working closely with developers in developing a 2,012 ha disused pine plantation at Yarrabilba in south-east Queensland. Upon completion, the site will house an estimated 45,000 people over about 20 years, and will contain 17,000 residential dwellings, a town centre, neighbourhood amenities, schools and more.

The site contains a number of ecological assets including connected regional ecosystems, wetlands and waterways, species of conservation significance and important habitat features. Natura Pacific is engaged to deliver on-ground environmental surveys of all ecological features of the site.

With this complex and landscape-level data, Natura Pacific has compiled and delivered vegetation management plans, flora and fauna surveys, threatened species translocation and seed harvesting protocols, landscaping and planting plans, waterway rehabilitation designs, conservation strategies and plans for long-term sustainable use. These reports will be used for the next 30 years as the baseline environmental planning documents to assess all operational works applications at this site. Natura Pacific are involved in all stages of the development and liaise with our clients regularly to help maintain environmental integrity throughout the life of the project.

Beattie Road Ecological Assessment, South East Queensland

Year: 2014 / 2015
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Environmental Planning

Natura Pacific was engaged to undertake a basic ecological assessment of a site where works were proposed for a mixed use development. The objectives of the BEA were to identify potential flora and fauna values both within and surrounding the proposed development site. Desktop and on-ground assessments of flora and fauna were undertaken along with assessment of ecological features and functions. Additionally, proposed development impacts on Ecologically Significant Areas, buffers, ecological Corridors and any potential onsite fauna were assessed and amelioration and management recommendations proposed.

The location of this site was zoned as marine precinct and as such, minimal protection was provided for the riparian vegetation under legislation. A favourable environmental outcome was achieved for this site over and above what was required under legislation and as a result, most of the riparian vegetation was preserved and donated to the public as open space.

Bonogin Road Open Space Management Plan, South East Queensland

Year: 2014 / 2015
Project Type: Environmental Planning, Rehabilitation Planning

Our team prepared an Open Space Management Statement (OSMS) for a proposed community title development in Mudgeeraba Qld on behalf of our clients. The project involved a review of the existing and proposed open space in the surrounding developments along with an overview of the development layout to define the extent of potential impact and outline measures and strategies for the conservation of natural attributes on the site.

Providing information to address compliance requirements for local government was a significant factor to be addressed along with providing a selection of recommendations for open space design elements in order to cater for conservation of native habitats and ecological functions. Most of the site area had canopy tree cover, with a large portion of these trees being retained as part of the approved development and subsequently donated to council as public open space. Additionally, rehabilitation works were also required under the approval to repair the structural layering, particularly within the understorey as part of the ongoing maintenance strategy for the development.

Fauna Assessment, Creek Road Mount Gravatt East, South East Queensland

Year: 2015
Project Type: Fauna Assessment

A fauna assessment for the purpose of protecting and managing native fauna species during proposed works was undertaken by the Natura Pacific team for a proposed community title development in Mount Gravatt Qld. Native fauna and habitat values and features of the site were assessed using both desktop and a variety of field survey techniques to identify both potential on-site presence of native fauna species as well as habitat features that provide important food sources or shelter (nesting/hollows) for native fauna. The subsequent report gave clear and detailed recommendations for the protection of fauna and fauna habitat on the site should the development proceed.

Ecological Assessment, Kindra Avenue, Karana Downs, South East Queensland

Year: 2015
Project Type: Ecological Assessment, Environmental Legislative Requirements, GIS

This ecological assessment was undertaken by Natura Pacific in order to assess and report on the viability of a proposed development for a single building and its associated infrastructure from an ecological perspective. The study involved desktop assessments of relevant databases and maps in order to identify potential constraints, ecological communities, habitats and species of conservation significance that may occur within the site. Additionally, an on-site field survey was conducted to identify native flora and fauna present on the site, identify any potential threats to these values as a result of the proposed development, and provide recommendations to best protect these values. The report provided our clients with a clear and thorough outline of the requirements and steps required from a legislative and ecological protection perspective in order for the development to proceed.

Ecological Assessment, Yarradale Street, Newmarket, South East Queensland

Year: 2015
Project Type: Ecological Assessment, Environmental Legislative Requirements

An ecological assessment was conducted by Natura Pacific in order to determine the feasibility and potential ecological impacts of planned bank stabilisation works at a site approximately 4km from the city centre of Brisbane, Qld. A desktop review looked at the legislative constraints that may apply in relation to environmental restrictions as well as determining any potential for the presence of habitat, ecosystems and species of conservation significance. A thorough on-ground assessment was also undertaken whereby trees on the site were surveyed for average diameter at breast height, height and cover along with an assessment of individual tree health and their potential value as habitat for native fauna. Additionally surveys recorded individual flora and fauna species found on the site, with particular attention to species that are considered endangered, vulnerable, rare or locally significant, along with other signs that the site may be being utilised by native fauna. Recommendations to support the ecological functions and significance of the site should the proposal go ahead provided essential tools for the client.

Ripley Valley Gas Line Flora and Fauna Management Plan, Queensland

Year: 2014
Project Type: Ecological Assessment, Environmental Planning, Environmental Legislative Requirements

Natura Pacific was engaged to undertake a vegetation and fauna survey and provide a report for the installation of a proposed gas pipeline in Ripley Valley Qld. In addition to this, a full review of the planning documentation required by determining government authorities was undertaken to ensure that the proposal met or exceeded all statutory requirements where they pertained to the protection of the flora and fauna potentially impacted by the proposal. On-ground surveys undertook a full fauna and flora assessment, including individual assessment of all trees with a diameter at breast height of greater than 40cm, with all survey information transferred to comprehensive maps of the site. The recommendations made to the client detailed protective measures and methodologies for all aspects of the proposal including issues such as installation methods, vegetation and habitat management actions, vegetation and significant flora protection, auguring and tunnel boring procedures, tree protection safety fencing and root zone disturbance, fauna management actions and sediment control.

GIS Mapping of WiFi Hotspots in Queensland

Year: 2014
Project Type: GIS

In 2014 a strategic planning consultancy firm, who specialise in the provision of strategic planning and communications services for state tourism organisations and government departments, engaged Natura Pacific to deliver the mapping component of a project they were undertaking. This project involved a desktop audit of WiFi availability along the major drive routes and national parks in Queensland with a view to identify WiFi network deficiencies and inform priorities for future investment to service the tourism sector. After entering all required data and the analysis and plotting of this data using GIS, comprehensive maps of WiFi coverage and limitations throughout Queensland were provided to the client to support their study.

Paradise Country Revegetation (Wetland Restoration Plan), South East Queensland

Year: 2013
Project Type: Restoration Planning, Wetlands Management

Natura Pacific was commissioned to prepare a Wetland Management Plan for a property in the Gold Coast hinterland.  The plan was provided for the purpose of identifying Wetland Environmental Values, within and adjacent to the site and to provide baseline information for a detailed wetland restoration plan.

In conducting this project, our team undertook to complete desktop mapping of vegetation communities on the site, along with topographical features and infrastructure and desktop, and field studies to assess the ecological features and values of the site, and assess ecological functions, habitat, corridors and buffers. Provided to the client was a set of detailed rehabilitation strategies including action plans for specific zones within the wetland and support area, along with the identification and prioritization of threatening processes and the identification of buffer zones within a buffer implementation plan which outlined methods and standards for the establishment and maintenance phases.

Weed Management Plan and Threatened Flora Survey – Power Transmission Lines and Substations Western Downs, Queensland

Year: 2013 / 2014
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, GIS

For this project, Natura Pacific were engaged to undertake field vegetation assessments, mapping and reporting as part of the Weed Management Plan and Threatened Flora Survey along easement and access trails for a powerline extension near Roma in Queensland’s Western Downs Region. The areas surveyed was ~100 km long and between 60 to 90 m wide.

Our team worked in the field with the client’s team to collect relevant distribution and abundance data on weeds and rare flora and undertook significant tree survey, habitat assessment, opportunistic fauna assessments and GIS mapping to inform decision making and construction processes.

Connecting Community for Waterways Project

Year: 2013 / 2014
Project Type: Community Engagement

Natura Pacific was pleased to help facilitate and implement the Connecting Community for Waterways project. This project was undertaken as a service to the community which was focussed on students and community collecting native seeds to provide as a resource to prison inmates participating in horticulture training, as part of the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre inmate capacity building program. In 2013, over 67,000 plants were grown and returned to the community, which were planted during waterways restoration and education activities by thousands of volunteers and students.

Through this project, we have been able to bring focus to and work together with: marginalised members of society, government at all levels, community, schools and business and achieve significant goals. In 2014, this program won the Community Award at the Healthy Waterways Awards and was also the overall winner from all categories, collecting the Ministers Prize.

Brunei Mangrove Management and Conservation Study, Lubu Forest Area, Brunei Darussalam

Year: 2013
Project Type: Community Engagement, Environmental Assessment, Management and Monitoring, Restoration Planning, Mapping and GIS

Natura Pacific were engaged to develop and implement rapid site assessment methodology to assess and classify the condition of mangroves and potential sustainable harvesting practices in the Lubu Forest Area. The assessment specifically required the identification, classification and mapping of mangrove vegetation and the development and establishment of a monitoring program for a trial sustainable harvesting program for the Brunei Forestry Department. Detailed information on stand density and volume of timber was assessed, calculated and mapped for the 7,000 ha reserve.

Other recommendations were provided for: harvesting methods; prevention of weed invasion; pollution reduction; biomass disposal; bank stabilisation measures; rehabilitation requirements; faunal considerations; and ecosystem services.

Catchment Condition Assessments – Sandy Creek, Loders Creek and Oakey Creek

Year: 2012 / 2013
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Management and Monitoring, GIS, Eco Research, Community Engagement

Undertaken as three separate projects, a major objective was to provide a waterway health assessment of the current conditions for each catchment.  The condition assessment was implemented to provide baseline monitoring of the catchment under baseflow conditions in both spring and autumn and to provide a reference point in order to continually monitor and evaluate each catchments health into the future.

A number of individual assessments were undertaken within each catchment, including: riparian vegetation condition and mapping, geofluvial processes, fish and macroinvertebrate assessments, water quality (including 24hr Deil logging) and benthic metabolism.

Seagrass Health and Abundance Study

Year: 2012
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Management and Monitoring, GIS, Eco Research, Community Engagement

The Seagrass Health and Abundance Study was undertaken by Natura Pacific to develop a comprehensive Seagrass Monitoring Program for the catchments of the Gold Coast. This study utilised cost effective methods and provided an improved understanding of seagrass habitats in the Gold Coast local government area. The project also provided government and technical officers with training in appropriate, up-to-date monitoring methods and data entry procedures, along with access to all information collected throughout the project period for future management of this natural resource.  A key deliverable of the project was meticulous seagrass habitat mapping which will contribute to existing Ecological Inventory information and associated programs in South-east Queensland.

Coomera River Processes Study

Year: 2012
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Management and Monitoring, Restoration Planning, GIS, Eco Research, Community Engagement

This project involved rapid site assessment methodology to assess riparian and mangrove vegetation structure and condition. Specific consideration was given to structural layers, presence of anthropogenic influence, weed incursion, habitat value and bank erosion. A series of detailed vegetation maps and classification descriptions were developed for identifying key restoration areas. Liaison with key government stakeholders was undertaken and restoration approaches developed which required a scientific literature review and development of detailed cross sections and restoration actions. The direction of these actions included soft/bio-engineering stabilisation approaches which incorporated micro-habitat creation, sediment deposition, water energy dissipation and buffer setbacks. A subset of this work was the identification of a number of hypotheses and writing scientific papers based on the data and results of the project.

Brunei Maura District Plan Natural Environment Strategy

Year: 2011
Project Type: Community Engagement, Environmental Assessment, Management and Monitoring, Restoration Planning, Mapping and GIS

Natura Pacific were engaged to develop and implement rapid site assessment methodology to assess and classify Environmental Values (EVs) in the Brunei Maura District. The assessment specifically required the identification, classification, mapping and development of a series of recommendations and management actions to protect EVs. This included assessments of water quality, riparian vegetation, stream banks, intertidal communities, fauna, habitat, terrestrial vegetation communities and coastal zones. Following a detailed literature review, a series of EV maps and classification descriptions were developed for the entire district, identifying key conservation and restoration areas, setbacks for long term protection and assessment codes for ongoing management.

An important component of the field operation involved stakeholder surveys and engagement with community members and groups to identify perceived EVs. A wide demographic was involved in the consultation process, including government departments, members of the Brunei Royal Family and local community.

South Stradbroke Island Nature-Based Recreation Strategy

Year: 2010
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Nature-Based Recreation, Environmental Education, Sustainable and Eco Research, Community Engagement

This strategy was developed by Natura Pacific to balance the demands for nature-based tourism and recreation on South Stradbroke Island, within an ecologically sustainable management framework. Firstly, ecological values were identified, highlighted and mapped. Policies, strategies and management guidelines were then developed and incorporated into the decision making process with regards to zoning of tourism and recreational uses on the island.

Regional Recreational Use Assessment

Year: 2009
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Restoration Planning, GIS

Natura Pacific was engaged to undertake desktop recreational use assessment of seven of Brisbane City’s Regional Parklands. This project required Natura Pacific to map ecological values and provide an appropriate onsite methodology for assessing the ecological impacts from future proposed recreational activities such as mountain bike riding.  During this project, Natura Pacific worked closely with academic specialists from Griffith University and Lloyde Consulting.

Nerang Foreshore Restoration Plan

Year: 2009
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Restoration Planning, GIS

Natura Pacific undertook detailed site surveys to develop a rehabilitation management plan, concept designs/sketches, and detailed designs for the proposed Nerang River Foreshore Protection Works for the long term enhancement and bank stabilisation of the area.

Yallanbee, Wongawallen

Year: 2009 to Current
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Management and Monitoring, Restoration Planning

Natura Pacific is working to provide restoration outcomes for approximately 2km of creek at Wongawallen (Running Creek and Tamborine Creek). On this project, Natura Pacific is sub-contracted to undertake site supervisor and construction advice work and liaise with government and the restoration contractor to ensure that key restoration objectives are being met. Natura Pacific also undertook an in-stream ecological health assessment (macro-invertebrate assessment) and provided specific restoration techniques due to anecdotal evidence of platypus on the site.

Indo-Malayan Peat Swamp Forest (PSF) Assessment – Bintan Indonesia

Year: 2007
Project Type: Environmental Assessment, Management and Monitoring, Restoration Planning

Natura Pacific was engaged to undertake a detailed literature review, site assessment and reporting to determine the significance of peat swamp forest (PSF) within the Lagoi Bay Development at Bintan, Indonesia.  This assessment was undertaken to allow for the retention of this vegetation community within the development.  The field assessment determined potential impacts on water levels, hydrology and water quality as well as assessed the existing condition of the community.  A literature review was undertaken to determine the unique hydrological requirements of PSFs to provide details on possible impacts of development, proposed mitigation methods and a monitoring scheme.

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