Broad scale exploration, mining, other ground-disturbing activities and cross-country transport have the potential to have a measurable impact on Australia’s biota, through the spread, proliferation and/or introduction of pests. This is particularly apparent in northern Australia where these activities can have a cumulative impact alongside pastoralism. Some species considered to be weeds by some members of the community can be considered to be fodder by others, e.g. Buffel Grass. Other species are easily transported by stock and vehicles into new areas, e.g. Ruby Dock and Calthrop.
These impacts have the potential for heightened consequences when the environment is a sensitive one, like a nationally or internationally recognised conservation area.
To protect Australia’s animal and plant health status and natural environment quarantine and biosecurity are a key consideration for all projects. There is wide-ranging legislation to protect our natural environment, including but not limited to:
- Environmental Protection Act 1986
- Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999
- Quarantine Act 1908
- Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007.
Several government bodies control and advise on quarantine and biosecurity. These include Biosecurity Australia (within the Commonwealth Government’s Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry), the Australian Quarantine and Inspection Service (AQIS) and the State Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), the State Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW).
The services 360 Environmental can provide include:
- Quarantine management plans (e.g. for work on Barrow Island)
- Baseline weed assessment to determine the presence of any high risk weeds (many of which have legal compliance requirements, e.g. under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007)
- Baseline assessment of the presence of feral fauna. This is often undertaken as part of more generic fauna surveys, however we can undertake targeted work if the risk to the project or environment is high
- A pre-clearing or pre-construction survey of dieback infestation (P. cinnamomi) if your development area is in the southwest
- Production of management plans and procedures to support site-specific management
- Implementation of management measures. This may include signage, education of your staff and contractors, control or eradication of a problem species
- Ongoing monitoring of the success of management
- Audit of compliance with biosecurity procedures.
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