Ecological assessment is a core capability of Banksia Ecology. Our ecologists undertake this role in an objective and professional manner to achieve optimal outcomes for all stakeholders.
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Environmental Impact Assessments
The first stage of impact assessment is to find out what natural features are on the site. Flora and fauna surveys identify these features. An assessment of the impact of the proposed development can be made in relation to the species and habitat present. The Seven Part Test of significance is applied if relevant. It is best to design a proposed development which fits the natural environment.
The Department of Environment and Conservation has issued guidelines on the preparation of Seven Part Tests.
The Seven Part Test questions:
a) in the case of a threatened species, whether the action proposed is likely to have an adverse effect on the life cycle of the species such that a viable local population of the species is likely to be placed at risk of extinction,
b) in the case of an endangered population, whether the action proposed is likely to have an adverse effect on the life cycle of the species that constitutes the endangered population such that a viable local population of the species is likely to be placed at risk of extinction,
c) in the case of a critically endangered or endangered ecological community, whether the action proposed:
d) in relation to the habitat of a threatened species, population or ecological community:
(i) the extent to which habitat is likely to be removed or modified as a result of the action proposed, and
(ii) whether an area of habitat is likely to become fragmented or isolated from other areas of habitat as a result of the proposed action, and
(iii) the importance of the habitat to be removed, modified, fragmented or isolated to the long-term survival of the species, population or ecological community in the locality,
e) whether the action proposed is likely to have an adverse effect on critical habitat (either directly or indirectly),
f) whether the action proposed is consistent with the objectives or actions of a recovery plan or threat abatement plan,
g) whether the action proposed constitutes or is part of a key threatening process or is likely to result in the operation of, or increase the impact of, a key threatening process.
h) whether the development or activity proposed is of a class of development or activity that is recognised as a threatening process.
These are a requirement for most Development Application submissions in natural areas. Field and literature research is undertaken to enable specific ecological issues, such as threatened species protection and site rehabilitation, to be addressed in support of applications to consent authorities.
The environmental impacts of a proposal are submitted to a Council or other authority for determination.
Banksia Ecology Pty Ltd have a wide range of collaborating experts to use on a variety of projects.
Banksia Ecology Pty Ltd have expertise in the following EEC’s
Reconstruction and revegetation– Actions such as landform modification and planting of natives and/or reseeding are undertaken to start the process of restoration.
Pre-purchase advice is undertaken by Banksia Ecology Pty Ltd which takes into account a whole range of environmental matters and provides timely advice for clients wishing to purchase property. This advice may be given on site or in the form of a report. Advice takes the form of preliminary assessment of the natural features of the land and any important matters arising from that assessment.
These matters may take the form of natural habitat, ecological and/or bushfire considerations. Commercial property developers use this advisory service before investing or other investigations are made.
Banksia Ecology Pty Ltd have prepared REFs for a range of projects including bushfire hazard reduction burns, transport corridor upgrades and the like. Government authorities who may not have the in-house environmental experience engage Banksia Ecology Pty Ltd to prepare these assessments.
Banksia Ecology Pty Ltd prepares Vegetation Management Plans (VMP) which are reports that provide guidelines for the management and rehabilitation of native vegetation communities on private or public land.
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