Ecology services and fauna spotter catchers


Project date:Gateway Upgrade North (GUN) Project 2015–2017 | Kingsford Smith Drive (KSD) Upgrade 2016–2017

The challenge

Minimise harm to native fauna inhabiting the construction area

The brief

Work to Lendlease’s construction schedule and operations to perform pre-clearing habitat and fauna assessments.

The solution

Ausecology were engaged by Lendlease for two years to deliver all flora, fauna and weed management services relating to the clearing and construction of the Gateway Upgrade North Project in Brisbane. A key part of the engagement, Ausecology provided of a team of qualified fauna spotter catchers to perform pre-clearing habitat and fauna assessments. The team also worked with construction operations to minimise harm to native fauna inhabiting the construction area and to install nest boxes for native fauna following construction. The Ausecology team worked shifts during the day and night, as required by the Lendlease construction schedule.

Our team of fauna spotter catchers successfully worked with Lendlease to relocate, rehabilitate and administer care to a wide range of snakes, amphibians, mammals and birds during the project’s operational clearing phase. Our team is composed of highly experienced fauna management professionals, equipped with:

  • a government approved state wide species management plan
  • rehabilitation and damage mitigation permits
  • advanced venomous snake handling training
  • chainsaw licensing
  • working safely at heights
  • high risk work licenses for elevated work platforms (EWPs) above 13m in height.

Ausecology operates under Queensland and NSW Rehabilitation Permits and provides fully qualified and experienced fauna spotter catchers to perform similar services on other construction projects in the region.

Success on this project has seen Lendlease engage Ausecology to deliver a similar scope of work on the Kingsford Smith upgrade project.

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