Current projects

Ipswich City Council
Ipswich, Queensland
2021

Biolink is currently engaged by Ipswich City Council to produce a conservation tool for systematically assessing Black Breasted Button Quail presence across Council's network of Reserves. We are now absorbed in the task of developing a field method for objectively assessing Black Breasted Button Quail presence, as well tools for identifying suitable habitat and determining associations with disturbance history and threats. Towards the end of the project, a 'back-of-house' system will be provided to Council, along with training, to allow the prioritisation of areas for conservation works.

MidCoast Council
MidCoast, NSW
2021

The Kiwarrak Area of Regional Koala Significance (ARKS) was heavily impacted by the 2019 - 2020 bushfire season with post-fire surveys of koala activity indicating substantive losses of koalas across this area and measurable impacts to habitat (WWF funded project - Biolink 2020). MidCoast Council was successful in securing a Bushfire Recovery for Wildlife and Habitat Grant to support the recovery of their resident koala population and Biolink has subsequently been engaged by Council to model koala habitat connectivity in this region, including the evaluation of revegetation scenarios.

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)
Central, north-western NSW
2021

Following advice previously provided to DPIE / OEH in 2018 on the development of a survey program for Red-lored Whistlers which utilised passive acoustic sampling, Biolink is currently reviewing and analysing call data from song meters, in addition to a further examination of historical Red-lored Whistler records and associated ecological information including vegetation and fire mapping.

Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE)
NSW, state-wide
2021

The concept of Areas of Regional Koala Significance (ARKS) was developed by the Office of Environment and Heritage (now DPIE) to meet the objective of identifying the locations and extent of important koala populations across NSW, further enabling the management of such areas by way of an objective assessment of threats to population persistence. Following collaborative discussion with DPIE, Biolink was engaged to examine the potential for alternative approaches to delineating ARKS and monitoring changes in their boundaries over time.

Campbelltown City Council
Campbelltown LGA
2020

Since the 2019/20 bushfires, it has become increasingly important to better understand the distribution and abundance of remaining koala populations. The Campbelltown koalas escaped the conflagration by little more than the width of a road and some timely backburning.

Liverpool City Council
Liverpool, NSW
2020

Liverpool City Council is considering the establishment of a koala-specific or wildlife-general hospital to serve a conservation function for the Liverpool Local Government Area and south-west Sydney more broadly, in line with recommendations stemming from the Koala Population and Habitat in NSW Parlimentary Inquiry (2019). Biolink has been engaged to prepare a business case for such a venture, both from the perspective of a need for increased veterinary support for wildlife and with regard to existing opportunities for wildlife-tourism in this region.

World Wide Fund for Nature
Eastern Australia
2020

Funded by the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (Australia), we have recently completed an assessment of the impact on koalas of the 2019 / 20 fire season. We are able to do this because earlier project work provided us with a large array of contemporaneous (i.e. current koala generation) pre-fire survey data.

Port Stephens Council, NSW OEH, Campbelltown City Council, Lismore and Port Macquarie Hastings Councils.
Various locations in eastern Australia

We have recently completed several local and landscape-scale, connectivity studies intended to better understand and predict the movement needs of koalas across fragmented landscapes.

Various

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

- working collaboratively with ARCADIS and Transport NSW to understand and mitigate potential impacts on koalas arising from construction of a proposed highway interchange and stormwater drainage channel located near Six-mile Creek Road in the Port Stephens LGA.