Past projects

Darryl Anderson Consulting
Bilambil, NSW
2017

We are currently preparing a Vegatation Management Plan and associated documents for a development site in the Tweed. The site is located on volcanic soils and supports numbers of threatened plant species including Fine-leaved Tuckerooo, Spiny Gardenia,  Marblewood and other species.

Lismore City Council
South-east Lismore
2017

We were contracted by Lismore City Council to design a long-term koala population monitoring program and provide a koala population estimate for the area covered by their approved Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management.  Lismore has one of the highest disease-mediated koala mortality rates of coastal NSW, yet - anecdotally - koala numbers appear to remain quite stable. This will be the first time an estimate of the size of the local population has been undertaken; the work is being done as a component of an ARC funded project directed by Prof.

Council of the City of Gold Coast
Coomera - Pimpama
2017

In 2006 we were contracted by the then Gold Coast Council to undertake a koala habitat and population assessment across the Gold Coast LGA, including detailed studies in the Coombabah and Coomera-Pimpama areas. Amongst outcomes from this work were recommendations for dealing with the envisaged rapid urban expansion that was to occur in the Commera - Pimpama area.

Byron Shire Council
Byron Coast
2016

In 2010 we undertook the first assessment of koala distibution and abundance in an area of the Byron Coast between Yelgun and Broken Head. In the latter half of 2016 we were engaged by the Byron Shire Counil to revisit each of the 63 field sites that underpinned our original study and so investigate changes to koala distribution and abundance that may have occurred over the intervening koala generation. Assisted by Council officers, we applied the principles of our newly developed Rapid-SAT methodology to the task.

South Gippsland Landcare Network
South Gippsland, Victoria
2016

Over the last couple of years, various parties have been engaged in the collection of field data relating to habitat use by koalas across the South Gippsland area, including the Strzelecki Ranges. Over 1000 field sites have  been sampled using RG-bSAT sampling protocols. We recently completed our analyses of the data and created a four-tiered koala habitat map for the study area. Amongst other things, analysis revealed a  hitherto unknown species of preferred koala food tree - Strzelecki Gum E. strzeleckii.

Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR)
Moreton Bay, Queensland
2016

On behalf of the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads we are working alongside other consultancies on the experimental design and implementation of a koala connectivity monitoring program for the Moreton Bay Rail Project between Petrie and Kippa-Ring in SE Queensland. The new rail line includes a range of underpass structures that will be monitored to evaluate their suitability for koalas using techniques such as GPS and radio-tracking, Wireless Identification Devices, trail cameras and thermal imaging cameras.

Environment Protection Authority
Koala Management Area 1 - NSW North Coast
2016

Species occupancy models are at the forefront of scientific/ecological endeavour.

Campbelltown City Council
Campbelltown, southwest of Sydney, NSW.
2016

For the past 12 months we have been working with Campbelltown City Council planning officers to prepare a Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management for the Campbelltown Koalas. Aspects of this project have included building on some of the earlier work by other parties, as well as undertaking more detailed analyses of historical koala records, revising the habitat mapping and working out how many koalas there are.

Forster, NSW
2016

We have recently been working down in the Great Lakes area surveying for the endangered Leafless Tongue Orchid and the diminutive New Holland Mouse, both of which are listed as Vulnerable for EPBC purposes. Using a grid-based approach, our work revealed two sub-populations of New Holland Mouse occupying habitat at optimum densities of nearly 20 animals/ha. The orchid does not appear to be present on our survey site, despite an intensive survey effort. 

Ecosure Pty Ltd, NSW Roads & Maritime Services
Wardell, NSW.
2015

In August 2014 the Federal Environment Minister imposed conditions on Section 10 of the proposed Woolgoolga to Ballina Pacific Highway upgrade to the west of Wardell in north-eastern NSW, amongst which was the need to better consider the potential impact(s) of the intended upgrade on the local koala population by using Population Viability Analysis (PVA) modelling over a 50 year timeframe.

Qld. Department of Transport and Main Roads
Petrie, South-east Queensland
2015

On behalf of the Queensland Dept. of Transport & Main Roads we were  engaged to review the specific components and relative merits of a suite of offset measures intended to compensate for the impacts on koalas arising from construction of the Moreton Bay Rail corridor. The proposed measures range across a variety of actions which are intended to be of direct benefit to the local koala population.

International Fund for Animal Welfare, National Koala Alliance
Victoria and South Australia
2015

Media attention has recently highlighted problems in Southern Blue Gum (Eucalyptus globulus) plantations in areas of Victoria and South Australia, wherein the treatment of koalas is cruel, inhumane and a national disgrace.

Client: Roadnet/Port Macquarie Hastings Council.
Location: Port Macquarie, New South Wales.
2014

Our recent koala habitat and population study across the Port Macquarie Hastings LGA for Port Macquarie Hastings Council identified Ocean Drive between the town of Port Macquarie and Lake Cathie to the south as a major koala black spot, this 20km strip of road accounting for 242 recorded deaths over the period 1975 - 2012.

Richmond Valley Shire Council
Richmond Valley LGA
2014

Towards the end of 2013 we were engaged by Richmond Valley Council to undertake a koala habitat and population assessment for eastern parts of the Richmond Valley LGA. In addition to collecting new information about the distribution and abundance of koalas across the LGA, the project also reviewed tree preference data gathered over a decade ago by the Australian Koala Foundation, along with more recent information from field surveys in drier forested areas to the west.

Ballina Shire Council
Ballina Local Government Area, New South Wales
2014

Following on from the recently completed Koala Habitat and Population Assesssment, we have also been successful in being appointed to work collaboratively with the Project Reference Group and Council officers in preparing a Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (CKPoM) for the Ballina LGA. The CKPoM is expected to go on public exhibition early in 2015 and has been developed using concepts and approaches taken by existing planning models from the Northern Rivers area including Lismore, Tweed and Byron Coast areas.

 

Ballina Shire Council
Ballina Local Government Area, NSW
2013

Biolink was engaged by Ballina Shire Council to undertake a Koala Habitat and Population Assessment for the entire LGA, an area of approximately 50,000ha. Completed in the latter half of 2013, key outcomes from this study included identification of a historically significant koala population inhabiting the Blackwall Ranges and associated lowland habitat areas around Meerschaum Vale, Wardell and Bagotville.

Port Macquarie Hastings Council
Port Macquarie, NSW
2013

Biolink was engaged by Port Macquarie Hastings Council to carry out a Koala Habitat & Population assessment for the entire LGA.  The project included analysis of historical koala records and on-ground field surveys, identification of preferred food trees and subsequent habitat modelling.

NSW Roads & Maritime Services
Tweed & Byron LGAs, NSW
2013

This project examined factors contributing to ongoing koala road mortalities along a 50km section of upgraded Pacific Highway between Chindera in the Tweed LGA and the Ewingsdale interchange in the Byron LGA. Analysis of 15 years of koala road-kill data, the presence/absence of fencing, fence types and associated issues such as maintenance were examined.

Coffs Harbour City Council
Coffs Harbour Local Government Area, NSW
2013

Biolink was engaged by Coffs Harbour City Council to assess koala populations and their habitat across an area of approximately 35,000 ha comprising the northern portion of the LGA. The aim of the assessment was to inform Council about koala management needs in this northern precinct to be enacted under the umbrella of Council's existing Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management.

Byron Shire Council
Byron Local Government Area, NSW
2013

Following on from the recently completed Byron Coast Koala Habitat Study we were contracted by Byron Shire Council to prepare a Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management for the study area. Developed in conjunction with a Project Reference Group over a 2 years period, the draft CKPoM proposed a number of novel precedents for koala conservation and management including identification of Koala Management Areas and associated Koala Management Precincts wherein management effort can be focussed. 

NSW Roads & Maritime Services
Port Macquarie, NSW.
2013

In a collaborative project involving the NSW Roads & Traffic Authority (now RMS), the Office of Environment & Heritage and the Koala Preservation Society of Australia, we successfully captured and translocated a number of koalas from forest habitat to be cleared for purposes of constructing the Oxley Highway deviation to the west of Port Macquarie.

Lismore Shire Council
Blakebrook Quarry
2013

We were engaged by Lismore Shire Council to monitor the impacts of quarry operations on Koalas at the Blakebrook Quarry over a 5 year period.  Commencing in 2012, monitoring has been undertaken on annual basis and only concluded last year (November 2016).

Port Macquarie Hastings Council
Port Macquarie, NSW
2013

During 2011 Biolink was contracted by Port Macquarie Hastings Council to prepare a vegetation map of the entire LGA.

Byron Shire Council
Byron Bay, NSW
2012

In 2012 we completed a koala habitat and population assessment for the coastal portion of the Byron Local Government Area, an area of approximately 14,000 hectares extending from the Billinudgel Nature Reserve in the north to south of Broken Head and west to Mullumbimby. The project produced some contrasting outcomes, confirming both an increase in the habitat occupancy rate in central parts of the study area and the precarious conservation status of koala populations north of the Brunswick River.