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QLD Regrowth vegetation more protected than remnant native vegetation

Put simply, to apply to clear vegetation in Queensland, it needs to be considered for a ‘relevant purpose’ under the legislation. Queensland vegetation management laws prescribe certain activities as relevant purposes for clearing applications. Notably, a vegetation clearing application cannot be considered a relevant purpose if the clearing is proposed in a category C or […]

January 20th, 2019
Nicholas Baker

Subjectivism – the role of an environmental consultant

No one would argue, that there is no substitute for a deep knowledge of your chosen field of study. Subject matter experts constantly strive to become experts in scientific methods and typically hold an objectivist view of the world. However, good consultants learn how to embrace their subjectivity by seeking to make sense of the […]

January 16th, 2019
Nicholas Baker

Burdekin Solar Farm Gets Council Approval

The Burdekin Shire Council has approved plans to develop Cleangen’s $280 million Burdekin Solar Farm. Cleangen is an Australian renewable energy business developing large-scale solar projects with a national combined capacity of 1600MW. Wild Environmental assisted Cleangen with the environmental impact assessment and environmental planning aspects of the project, including native vegetation surveys. The 140MW […]

November 3rd, 2017
Nicholas Baker

Does the Whitsundays Plan of Management Review affect you?

Changes to the Whitsundays Plan of Management The Whitsundays Plan of Management (WPOM) is a legislative instrument prepared under the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Act 1975, meaning, it is the law. Plans of Management set out the management intent for a particular area of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, in this case – the Whitsundays. […]

March 6th, 2017
Nicholas Baker

Motion sensor camera traps – a valuable tool in ecology

Wild Environmental Consultants utilise motion sensor camera traps during our flora and fauna surveys. Camera traps are a non-invasive survey method which are relatively cheap and can be deployed for extended periods of time. When baited or placed in suitable locations, camera traps are able to capture and record inconspicuous fauna and their natural behaviour. It […]

January 20th, 2017
Nicholas Baker

Native vegetation management: Productivity Commission’s Inquiry into the regulation of Australian agriculture – draft report

On 20 November 2015, the Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison requested that the Productivity Commission undertake an inquiry into the regulatory burden imposed on Australian farm businesses with the hope of increasing agricultural productivity and competitiveness. The Australian Government Productivity Commission released a draft report (Regulation of Agriculture – Draft Report) in July 2016.  The purpose of […]

July 26th, 2016
Nicholas Baker

Environmental management – Vegetation management

On 17 March 2016, the government introduced the Vegetation Management (Reinstatement) and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016 (the Bill). The Government argues that the Bill was introduced in response to a 280% increase in the clearing rate of woody vegetation.  The purpose of the Bill is to reinstate vegetation management laws which were relaxed under the previous […]

April 19th, 2016
Nicholas Baker

Environmental Management – who is responsible for environmental authorities?

On 15 March 2016, Queensland Environment Minister Hon Dr Steven Miles MP, introduced a Bill which amends the Environmental Protection Act 1994. The ‘Environmental Protection (Chain of Responsibility) Amendment Bill 2016‘ (the Bill) aims to reduce the risk of environmental harm from companies in financial difficulty. The Bill extends the reach of the Department of Environment and Heritage […]

April 14th, 2016
Nicholas Baker