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Vegetation Surveys in FNQ

09 November 2017

Our experienced botanists were in Far North Queensland (FNQ) for over a week to validate the extent of vegetation across 10,000 hectares for a proposed development. The remote location was a great office to work from. It was a good time out in the field and we love looking for new species of plants. Here are some of the photos from the trip... Read more »

Redleaf Ecologists Threatened Flora in 2016

Redleaf Ecologists Threatened Flora in 2016

14 December 2016

We have been fortunate this year to see some amazing regions of Australia searching and finding a few of our most threatened species of flora. Take a look at some of our photographic record for your enjoyment! Read more »

Redleaf Ecologists Threatened Fauna in 2016

Redleaf Ecologists Threatened Fauna in 2016

14 December 2016

We have been fortunate this year to see some amazing regions of Australia searching and finding a few of our most threatened species of fauna. Take a look at some of our photographic record for your enjoyment! Read more »

Contaminated Lands Explained

Contaminated Lands Explained

19 October 2016

The thorny issue of potential or actual contaminated lands can be a risk to your project. But it need not be a project killer so long as... Read more »

Bushfire Management Plans - What are they?

Bushfire Management Plans - What are they?

12 September 2016

Bushfire Management Plans can be a vital tool to manage the risks to your assets and peoples safety. They can be straight forward to develop - if you know what you are doing... Read more »

Timber bridges often provide fauna habitat

Timber bridges often provide fauna habitat

16 December 2015

Many regional roads have timber bridge structures across local rivers and creeks. These structures have been there for a very long time (often built in the early 1900's) and are starting to show their age. They are rapidly being replaced across Queensland and New South Wales with single span concrete bridges and culverts. But what about the impact to fauna? We discuss the implications... Read more »

Black-breasted Button-quail surveys came up trumps

Black-breasted Button-quail surveys came up trumps

30 November 2015

Having noticed platelets on the ground, a couple of camera traps were deployed along a proposed power line alignment in the hope of capturing the animal responsible for the marks. A tantalising blurred image of a feathered animal was taken on one of the cameras giving further reason to have a full ecological survey of the alignment. Darren and Bruce were sent to the area for a week to hunt down the elusive creature. Read more »

Grey goshawk dines out on ringtail possum

Grey goshawk dines out on ringtail possum

29 November 2015

In a recent fauna survey of vine thicket near Nanango, an unexpected thing happened. A Grey Goshawk landed right in front of one of the remotely deployed cameras with something in its talons. Read more »

Connected people. Connected wildlife. Connected places. That's the challenge isn't it?

Connected people. Connected wildlife. Connected places. That's the challenge isn't it?

22 October 2015

When we see kids playing in and around creeks and bushland, it creates lifelong connection to our home – our inner place of happiness. Connected people. Connected wildlife. Connected places. That’s the challenge, isn't it? At Redleaf, we are about building communities and providing amenity not urban deserts. Nature strips not manicured pathways. Connecting people to places and connecting us to our natural surrounds with all the benefits of 21st century living. Read more »

Camera Trap with a Difference

Camera Trap with a Difference

18 October 2015

It's been done before by keen photographers around the World, but not many people in Australia have taken up the challenge! What, you may ask? To build a high quality camera trap based on a top-of-the line digital SLR camera with a number of remote flashguns to provide modelled lighting and high resolution images. Read more »

Redleaf services now include noise modelling

Redleaf services now include noise modelling

20 August 2015

Redleaf Environmental has expanded its range of services to include noise and vibration impact assessments through state of the art modelling. Our acoustics consultants can model noise emissions for any project that has the potential to have construction and operation related noise impacts. Read more »

Council takes a stand on Aboriginal cultural heritage

Council takes a stand on Aboriginal cultural heritage

19 August 2015

The Toowoomba Regional Council has undertaken comprehensive internal staff training on its Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Assessment process. This new process is a proactive approach to protecting and managing Aboriginal values in the landscape. Over three workshops, 45 staff were given valuable training by Redleaf's Cultural Heritage specialist. The training was tailored to implement constructive change in this area for council. Read more »

Environmental Opportunities and Constraints Analysis for Projects

Environmental Opportunities and Constraints Analysis for Projects

18 August 2015

Greenfield developments or expansion of existing footprints require risk assessments to be conducted as part of due diligence on identifying potential impacts to the environment. Risks to a project can take on many forms from legal requirements through to environmental values and social and community expectations. Redleaf Environmental implements a rigorous process for conducting thorough site based assessments using desktop analysis and on the ground investigation of environmental values. Don't go into a development approval blind, know your risks. Read more »

Rare grass discovered in Toowoomba park now used in new park development

Rare grass discovered in Toowoomba park now used in new park development

03 August 2015

Toowoomba-based environmental scientist from Redleaf Environmental says finding a small population of a threatened grass in the middle of the city was exciting, as is the process of conserving it in another park. Read more »

Corridor mapping at a local government scale using species habitat models

Corridor mapping at a local government scale using species habitat models

09 July 2015

Redleaf Environmental has just completed a 6 month study that presents ground breaking research into mapping natural asset corridors within Australia. Advancements in GIS interrogation, manipulation and analysis of complex datasets and biological processes has been gleaned from the international and national literature and applied to the Toowoomba local government area natural assets corridor mapping. Very few examples within Australia have used empirical data through extensive modelling of focal species habitat suitability to identify corridors. A powerful decision support tool is the result. Read more »

Seymour Whyte – Warrego Highway, Charlton.

Seymour Whyte – Warrego Highway, Charlton.

28 May 2015

February saw Redleaf Environmental conducting environmental assessments for a section of the Warrego Highway upgrade near Charlton, just west of Toowoomba. The project was being carried out by Seymour Whyte, winner of the 2015 Earth Award for construction and project management (Qld Civil Contractors Federation). Read more »

Gladstone's quarry operators take on best practice

Gladstone's quarry operators take on best practice

25 May 2015

Gladstone Regional Council operates and delivers gravel materials to service its regional road network from approximately 70 quarries across the council area. With this number of quarries comes a responsibility to operate them according to best practice standards and to meet regulator conditions. Earlier this year, Council commenced a review of the environmental management of its quarries and engaged Redleaf Environmental aid in this process. Read more »

An urban detention basin brought back to life as a butterfly park

An urban detention basin brought back to life as a butterfly park

12 May 2015

Detention basins that have received the most publicity in the Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) area are the relatively new basins constructed in Garnet-Lehmann and Ballin Drive Parks. There are however, a number of other smaller basins that were constructed some time ago along creeks in the Toowoomba town area. One of these is a small basin adjacent to Ethan Street in the upper reaches of East Creek. As an engineering feat, the basin certainly achieved its purpose, but from an environmental and amenity perspective, let’s just say that it was - a little deficient. Read more »

Native animals successfully relocated at Crows Nest

Native animals successfully relocated at Crows Nest

28 April 2015

The realignment and upgrading of Middle Road near Crows Nest, north of Toowoomba by FKG Group necessitated the clearing of several large hollow bearing trees. As a result, several native animals, including frogs, lizards, sugar gliders and Brush-tailed possums, were successfully relocated to nearby suitable habitats by Redleaf’s Fauna Spotter Catcher last March. Read more »

Urban stream restoration + ecological design

Urban stream restoration + ecological design

16 April 2015

The official opening for the Garnet Lehmann Park detention basin project was held on Saturday, 11 April 2015. Redleaf scientists were on hand doing educational tours of the new park area to highlight environmental aspects of the project. Read more »

Gondwanaland Rainforest School Excursion at Queen Mary Falls

Gondwanaland Rainforest School Excursion at Queen Mary Falls

13 November 2014

The Year 5, 6 and 7's students at Killarney State School were engaged in a fun day of learning about the diversity and interrelationships between the native plants and animals found in their backyard at the beautiful location of Queen Mary Falls. The Condamine Alliance has a proud history of connecting with Killarney's young people on key environmental issues and value the effort that the students and teachers at the school put in to making the excursion a success. Read more »

 Aquarium Passage Flying Fox Camp Unfazed by Pipeline Construction

Aquarium Passage Flying Fox Camp Unfazed by Pipeline Construction

11 November 2014

The Hemmant Camp of the threatened Grey-headed flying fox is one of only five permanent camps known in Brisbane and at this time of the year many female flying-foxes are pregnant. It's therefore crucial that they are not disturbed while roosting. Read more »

Let Nature Take its Course! Nesting Birds Protected from Clearing

Let Nature Take its Course! Nesting Birds Protected from Clearing

07 November 2014

Several trees selected for removal for the Ballin Drive Park detention basin will remain in place while nature takes its course. Mayor Cr Paul Antonio said wildlife monitoring by RedLeaf Environmental had identified several trees with nests during the recent tree removal at the park. Read more »

Nesting boxes to attract wildlife to parks

Nesting boxes to attract wildlife to parks

07 November 2014

Rosellas, cockatoos, king parrots, lorikeets and other wildlife are set to benefit from the installation of more than 40 nest boxes in Garnet Lehmann and Ballin Drive Parks. Read more »

Protesters and workers join forces to save bird

Protesters and workers join forces to save bird

06 November 2014

Garnet Lehmann Park detention basin project workers and protesters joined forces to save a baby Tawny Frogmouth. Redleaf ecologist Darren Fielder was on hand to help get the chick back to its parents. Read more »

Radio-tracking a Rare Bat

Radio-tracking a Rare Bat

14 October 2014

The Airly Mine near Capertee in NSW is an underground coal mine with relatively small on-ground footprint immediately adjacent to several National Parks and reserves. It is also very close to the western edge of the great sandstone escarpments that are characteristic of the Blue Mountains region. These escarpments are home to a threatened bat species, the Large-eared Pied Bat. In October, some of our Redleaf team followed the movements of a few selected bats using radio telemetry. This is the first study of its kind conducted on this bat and yielded some new and very interesting information about the ecology and movements of the species. Read more »

New trigger map for protected plants

New trigger map for protected plants

03 October 2014

All developments in Queensland including road works, material change of use, development approvals and most other activities that requires the clearing of native plants may need to conduct a protected flora survey. The new trigger maps identify high risk areas for threatened flora species. See how this can affect your project. Read more »

Fish hotels bring back native species to Condamine stream

Fish hotels bring back native species to Condamine stream

10 September 2014

A range of fish habitat enhancements to Oakey and Myall Creeks on the Darling Downs has been installed by the Condamine Alliance as part of its Dewfish Demonstration Reach. Redleaf Environmental and the Condamine Alliance recently organised a field day for Council staff from Toowoomba to witness first hand how fish hotels, large snags and other riparian restoration efforts can bring back the native fish. Read more »

Redleaf oversees Garnet Lehmann Park wildlife protection

Redleaf oversees Garnet Lehmann Park wildlife protection

22 August 2014

Local fauna was successfully protected from injury or harm this week as construction of the detention basin at Garnet Lehmann Park started. Aware of local community concerns when it comes to the welfare of wildlife inhabiting the park, Toowoomba Regional Council (TRC) brought in environmental specialists Redleaf to ensure that all fauna were carefully managed and protected according to the approved Species Management Plan (SMP) under the Queensland Nature Conservation Act. Read more »

Redleaf scientists support the Australian poultry industry with research into how to prevent avian influenza outbreaks

Redleaf scientists support the Australian poultry industry with research into how to prevent avian influenza outbreaks

15 August 2014

Native waterfowl as carriers of avian influenza (AI) will be the target of an important project being undertaken by researchers from Redleaf Environmental after receiving support from the Rural Industry Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) for a project aimed at investigating control measures for waterfowl around poultry farms. Read more »

Redleaf lends support to major road upgrade in Surat Basin

Redleaf lends support to major road upgrade in Surat Basin

08 August 2014

Working with Ostwald Bros for Santos on maintaining its 9,000 km road network throughout the Surat Basin gas fields, Redleaf Environmental continues to expand its support for sustainable regional infrastructure through scientific investigations in the region. Read more »

New QLD Biodiversity Offsets Framework

New QLD Biodiversity Offsets Framework

29 July 2014

On 1 July 2014, a new environmental offsets framework was introduced in Queensland. Under this legislation, if you require an Environmental Authority for a proposed project, you will also be asked to provide information on any significant environmental impacts the project may cause over the whole of its life. If impacts are identified to any 'Prescribed Matters' you may have to provide an offset. Does it affect your project? Read more »

Koala’s successfully protected from clearing site

Koala’s successfully protected from clearing site

27 June 2014

Koalas recently recorded at a South-East Queensland site earmarked for power line construction were protected from harm by Fauna Spotter Catchers. RedLeaf Environmental believes fauna spotter/catcher activities is becoming a community standard that corporations need to meet to demonstrate their environmental credentials. Read more »

Grigor Bridge nominated for environmental construction award

Grigor Bridge nominated for environmental construction award

08 May 2014

The recently constructed Grigor Bridge on the Mary River at Conondale in South East Queensland was nominated for the Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia environmental award. Read more »

Do You Know Your Waterbirds and Wetlands?

Do You Know Your Waterbirds and Wetlands?

07 May 2014

The Lockyer Valley Regional Council in partnership with Healthy Waterways, Land for Wildlife and the Wetland Awareness Group organised a Wetland Awareness and Bird Identification Bus Tour which visited some of the many beautiful wetlands of the Lockyer Valley. Read more »

Your community, your catchment, your say

Your community, your catchment, your say

06 May 2014

The Condamine Catchment Natural Resource Management Plan is going through a five year review. We encourage all community members to get involved by taking a look at the report and sending in your thoughts on where we should all focus our efforts. To tell the story of what’s affecting and what can help your backyard – large or small. Read more »

An Exotic Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle found in the Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

An Exotic Chinese Stripe-necked Turtle found in the Toowoomba Waterbird Habitat

30 April 2014

A surprising discovery made by Redleaf Environmental in Toowoomba’s Waterbird Habitat recently may be responsible for saving the Murray Darling Basin from an invasive declared pest species. Read more »

Environment the winner as bridge opens

14 April 2014

A recent media release from MP Andrew Powell said, “Specialist divers undertook aquatic clearances before the start of in-water activities which included the capture and release of 110 turtles, one endangered Queensland Lungfish and a range of other species. Experts were also used to relocate a colony of microbats roosting in the gaps of the decking timbers of the old bridge.” Redleaf Environmental scientists provided expert fauna conservation and management outcomes for the Grigor Bridge project. Read more »

Queensland Vegetation Reforms – For Better or Worse?

Queensland Vegetation Reforms – For Better or Worse?

19 December 2013

Depending on your business, the latest vegetation management reforms in Queensland could be the answer you have been looking for, or for some, just another distraction to getting on with sustainable land management. The primary areas of change are Read more »

Zero to 140 Quarry Approvals in One Year

Zero to 140 Quarry Approvals in One Year

18 December 2013

Redleaf Environmental has delivered or is in the final stages of delivering 140+ quarry approvals in 2013 for Murweh, Paroo and Quilpie Shires as part of the Flood Restoration Works under the Natural Disaster Relief and Recovery Arrangements (NDRRA). These on-going programs total funding is around $85M. Red Leaf Projects would like to thank all of those involved in Paroo, Quilpie and Murweh Shires for their dedication in seeing sustainable outcomes in south west Queensland. Read more »

The problem with scarred trees: human or natural?

The problem with scarred trees: human or natural?

30 September 2013

Human modified scarred trees, or Aboriginal scarred trees, are one of the more identifiable and visible features in the natural cultural heritage landscape. However they are also regularly misidentified... Read more »

Eromanga’s sewage treatment plant receives a facelift by Quilpie Shire Council

Eromanga’s sewage treatment plant receives a facelift by Quilpie Shire Council

27 September 2013

Water testing revealed elevated levels of E. coli bacteria within a nearby natural watercourse and in shallow aquifers under the township which required attention by Council for health issues and environmental compliance. Read more »

Assessing the Risk of CSG and Coal Mining to Internationally Recognised Wetlands of Southwest Queensland

Assessing the Risk of CSG and Coal Mining to Internationally Recognised Wetlands of Southwest Queensland

31 May 2013

South West NRM Regional Body (SWNRM) provided timely and rigorous scientific input to the Bioregional Assessments being undertaken by the Independent Expert Scientific Committee for the National Partnership Arrangement on Coal Seam Gas and Large Coal Mining Development. Dr Darren Fielder, Principal Scientist from Redleaf Environmental, worked with SWNRM to undertake a risk assessment of CSG and Coal Mining Development on the water-dependent ecosystems and biota in the Warrego, Paroo and Bulloo River Catchments. Read more »

Live Action! Redleaf Environmental Turtle Man on the Lookout for the Mary River Turtle

Live Action! Redleaf Environmental Turtle Man on the Lookout for the Mary River Turtle

23 May 2013

Forget hyped up US television shows! Because our very own turtle man, Dr Darren Fielder and the Redleaf Environmental team of specialists recently undertook aquatic clearances for a bridge construction project on the Mary River at Conondale in South East Queensland. Read more »

Protecting Threatened Bats Species in abandoned Mines

Protecting Threatened Bats Species in abandoned Mines

10 May 2013

Historic mine shafts, drives, caverns and disused mine lands are havens for the World’s most threatened bats. In Australia, 25 species are known to use caves and old abandoned mines as roost sites and breeding. These species are thought to be specialist cave-dwellers for at least some period each year where they are not found in any other type of roost. Nearly half of these species of bats are listed as threatened under National or state legislation. Read more »

Quilpie Shire Council - A Model In State Quarry Approvals

Quilpie Shire Council - A Model In State Quarry Approvals

09 May 2013

Quilpie Shire Council has recently received a glowing report card from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF) for its best practice model in assessing and permitting 28 roadbase quarries across its region. Read more »