Environmentally Sensitive Development Commences on Brisbane’s Southside

This exciting new project is particularly challenging as the creek corridor is currently infested with several class 3 declared pests.

In November Evolve Environmental Solutions commenced revegetation works in the creek corridor adjacent to Greendale Way, Carindale. This exciting new project situated on an old farm in the Carindale region is particularly challenging as the creek corridor is currently infested with several class 3 declared pests. Cat’s Claw Creeper Vine (Macfadyena ungis-cati) and Camphor laurel trees (Cinnamomum camphora) are choking out the remnant rainforest species other than those situated along the water’s edge and they must be removed as part of the conditions of development.

The Brisbane City Council has placed very stringent conditions on how the area is to be treated, with regular water quality tests and silt management inspections occurring, ensuring the current native fish habitat remains undisturbed. Also affecting the process is the management of sunlight on the creek corridor. The Evolve team need to manage light levels (so as to not adversely affect existing tree ferns and cordylines lining the creek) and water temperature as this is critical for the preservation of the native fish habitat.

Initial weed treatment is to remove the cat’s claw vine, and targeted removal of camphor laurel trees, then rehabilitation works can commence. The revegetation works will take approximately five years to complete, with over 40,000 native plant species reintroduced to the area. The highlight of the revegetation programme will be the introduction of several hundred Strangler Figs (Ficus obliqua) as the long term strategy to remove the camphor laurel trees from the “ultra-sensitive” creek edge.

Evolve Environmental Solutions is managed by a fully qualified horticulturalist with over twenty-five years’ experience in the industry as well as a team leader who is a qualified environmental scientist specialising in water management. Evolve understands positive outcomes can only be achieved through hard work, dedicated qualified people and quality management systems. For more information call 07 3350 8388.

Environmentally sensitive developments are evolving

Over the last 20 years urbanisation of the eastern seaboard has seen dramatic losses of native habitat and the continued degradation of our waterways.

Over the last 20 years urbanisation of the eastern seaboard has seen dramatic losses of native habitat and the continued degradation of our waterways. Many plant and animal species important to our Australian identity are under threat.

“More than 310 species of native animal and over 1,180 species of native plants are at risk of disappearing forever”. (Dept of S.E.W.P & C. 2011).

In 2012 Evolve Environmental Solutions was formed, inspired by the need to deliver soundenvironmental outcomes in a reliable and cost effective way.

Evolve Business Development Manager John White; a qualified horticulturalist with over 25 years’ experience discusses the creation and philosophies of Evolve.

“I have been partnering with various landscape companies for over ten years now, firstly as a plant supplier and now as a Project Manager. When managing projects that had large components of bush regeneration, I realised we had both the skills and the resources to fulfil the client’s requirements and achieve the desired outcomes of all parties involved – delivering a sustainable outcome on time and on budget.”

Over the past twelve months the Evolve team consisting of a qualified horticulturalist, environmental scientist and the resources of Eureka Landscapes, have maintained a number of key projects in Queensland including the beautiful environmental award nominated wetlands at Gainsborough Greens, an environmentally sensitive development developed by Mirvac in the Queensland suburb of Pimpama.

Consisting of over 100,000 native trees, shrubs and grasses, the wetlands at Gainsborough Greens host a variety of native fish and bird species that until recently were not seen in the area. The growth rates achieved by the consistent management of the wetlands were exceptional.

For more information regarding the services offered by Evolve Environmental Solutions, call us on 07 3350 8388 or like us on Facebook.

 

Environmental Solutions are Evolving

In June 2013 Evolve Environmental Solutions in partnership with E2 Designlab and Lat 27, constructed a stormwater treatment and riparian rehabilitation zone at Slacks Creek, Queensland. The client, Logan City Council was looking for a specialist environmental partner who could work within their budget while optimising on ground results. With a tight timeframe in which to complete the work, the Evolve partnership proved to be the obvious choice due to their hands on approach and the ability to not get bogged down in design. The result was a successful partnership between the client and its contractors, delivering the desired result at the end of the project with no impact to the overall budget.

Evolve Environmental Solutions also worked with Knobel Consulting and the Moreton Bay Regional Council, to find a solution for two dangerous trees situated in the environmental park adjoining future residential properties at Pumicestone Park in Queensland. During the initial onsite meeting with council, an agreement was reached to replace the two trees with a range of additional native tree plantings. A fully qualified wildlife spotter was onsite during the tree clearing, safely moving one green tree frog and two tree geckoes.

Evolve Environmental Solutions is managed by a fully qualified horticulturalist with over twenty-five years’ experience in the industry. Its team leader, Steven Bell is a qualified environmental scientist specializing in water management. The organization is currently finalizing accreditation to ISO 9001 Quality Management System, ISO 4801 Safety Management System and ISO 14001 Environmental Management System. Evolve Environmental Solutions is a company that understands positive outcomes can only be achieved through hard work, dedicated qualified people and quality management systems.