Verterra supports Gladstone Ports Corporation to implement its Biodiversity Offset Strategy
Verterra is undertaking a five-year project to restore and enhance high value habitat areas in Gladstone and the surrounding region for the Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC).
Responsible for the management, operation and development of the Port of Gladstone, GPC has developed a Biodiversity Offset Strategy (BOS) to assist the long-term conservation of threatened and migratory species. This includes habitats that may have been impacted by activities associated with the development and expansion of the facilities in the Western Basin of the Port of Gladstone, extreme weather events and wider human activities.
The purpose of the project being undertaken by Verterra on behalf of GPC is to enhance and restore selected high value habitat areas and, to examine the effectiveness of these actions by monitoring the ecological condition and community attributes of these sites before and after restoration or enhancement.
Verterra commenced the project in March 2015 and will specifically be focussing on:
- Nearshore habitats that are important to maintaining matters of national environmental significance, including the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage area and Natural Heritage Place, and Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act (EPBC) listed Threatened, Marine and Migratory Species;
- Nearshore ‘unvegetated’ habitats including beaches (and adjacent dunes) and tidal flats; and
- Wetland areas including floodplain wetlands, mangrove forest and saltmarsh/saltpan.
Wetland Rehabilitation and Revegetation Planning in Gladstone Region.
The project will specifically focus on priority areas including Curtis Island, Facing Island, South Trees Inlet, Lilley’s Beach and Wapentake Wetlands. It will be carried out in close collaboration with numerous stakeholders including state and local government, industry bodies, private landholders, leaseholders and the wider community.
Verterra, Australia’s first full-service ecological engineering firm, is a leader in the conceptualisation, design and implementation of vegetation management and ecological ecosystem enhancement and regeneration projects. A relatively new field, Ecological Engineering, aims to better balance the impacts of human activity by managing land, water and vegetation to arrive at sustainable outcomes that leverage science, engineering, ecology and economics. It has applications across diverse fields such as waste-water management, nutrient recycling, carbon abatement, renewable energy and ecosystem restoration. For further details of Verterra’s services that deliver on the triple bottom line of economic, environmental and community benefits, click here.
Coastal Sand Dune Stabilisation and Revegetation in Gladstone Region