Current projects

NSW Office of Environment & Heritage
Various locations throughout NSW
2018

We have been working collaboratively with the NSW Office of Environment & Heritage to convene and deliver a short course in Occupancy Assessment & Monitoring. Our first course was delivered in Newcastle in June, 2018 and others are now planned in other regional centres. Assisted by OEH biometricians, the course offers an opportunity to better understand such things as key range / distributional parameters, how to design and implement occupancy-themed surveys and the utility of key occupancy metrics such as detection probability.

Port Stephens Council
Port Stephens LGA
2018

Following on from our 2017 work, we have been engaged to undertake detailed koala hub assessments in the Tomago and Medowie areas, both of which were identified as potentially supporting small, extant population cells.

Ballina Shire Council
Ballina LGA
2017

In 2012, the NSW Minister for Planning & Infrastructure initiated a review of the application of Environmental Zones (E Zones) and overlays in Local Environmental Plans on the Far North Coast of NSW. Amongst the implications arising from this review was the deferral of proposed land use zonings in some areas.

Port Stephens Council, NSW OEH, Campbelltown City Council, Lismore Council, Redlands Council.
Various locations in eastern Australia

We are concurrently undertaking several landscape-scale, koala-centric connectivity studies intended to better understand and predict the movement needs of koalas across fragmented landscapes.

Ballina Shire Council
Ballina Local Government Area

We have simultaeously been working on two projects with Ballina Shire Council, the first looking at the issue of road reserves in the landscape context of the distribution of koalas and their habitat, the second examining the capacity of council-managed paper roads to contribute to better connectivity outcomes for koalas.

Various

We often work with other consultancy companies and/or organisations to assist them with the undertaking of various projects. Current collaborations include:

- assisting with a long-term study being undertaken by colleague Dr. Mark Fitzgerald that uses a BACI (Before, After, Control, Impact) designed monitoring program assessing the potential impacts upon birds of various festival events  on the North Byron Parklands at Yelgun.