Goldfields & Agricultural Regions (GAR) Operational Banding Program Ecological Surveys

The Water Corporation is required to conduct routine maintenance on its network of water pipelines, including in the Goldfields and Agricultural Regions (GAR).  In 2019 it identified 242 km of pipelines that would require maintenance in the short-term and appointed Ecoscape to design and conduct ecological surveys of these pipe sections that were located in the Wheatbelt between Pithara, Kellerberrin, Quairading and Wundowie.  The survey area consisted of a 5 m-wide corridor either side of the pipelines.  As formal environmental approvals are generally not required for routine maintenance, the surveys concentrated on identifying the significant environmental values present in a cost-efficient manner and did not include quadrat-based vegetation assessments.  The significant environmental values recorded were the presence of Threatened and Priority Flora, Threatened and Priority Ecological Communities, primarily the Eucalypt Woodlands of the Western Australian Wheatbelt (‘Wheatbelt Woodlands’) TEC, good condition fauna habitat, and riparian and wetland areas.

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Except for a few small areas through private property, the entire pipeline extent was traversed, with the better-condition, more vegetated areas, traversed on foot and degraded road verges assessed from a slow-moving vehicle.  The survey was conducted during spring 2019.

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Sixteen conservation-listed flora species were recorded, including two Threatened Flora species, within the survey area corridor.  Most of the pipelines were located within degraded road verges, however, some also traversed vegetation that was representative of the Wheatbelt Woodlands TEC.  Ecoscape provided the Water Corporation with advice regarding areas having significant value as good condition fauna habitat, and identified riparian and wetland areas.  Identification of these areas will permit the Water Corporation to minimise impacts on areas having significant environmental values during routine maintenance in the GAR.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.

Whiteman Park Conservation & Environment Management Plan

In 2015, the Department of Planning engaged Ecoscape to prepare a Conservation and Environment Management Plan for Whiteman Park.  Whiteman Park is one of the largest recreation and conservation parks in the Perth Metropolitan region covering an area of 4,124 hectares of which 2,200 hectares are protected under the Bush Forever Act, 150 hectares are used for recreation and 200 hectares for horse riding (WAPC 2015). 

The purpose of the Conservation and Environment Management Plan (CEMP) was to provide a strategic plan for the management of the Park’s natural environment.  The plan aims to support current management initiatives and also identify areas of conservation value that require ongoing management to ensure these values are preserved and enhanced and that planned development considers these values.  The objectives of the plan were to:

  • provide an overview of the Park’s existing natural environment
  • provide an overview of the Park’s existing management strategies
  • identify challenges to the environmental management of the park
  • identify the conservation values of the Park and illustrate these on a plan that identifies priority areas for management.
Targeted Spider Survey Weld Range Western Australia Trap Door Spider Nest Gascoyne
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Strategic level recommendations were identified to address the challenges to the environmental management of the Park. Management Zones were identified for the purpose of providing a framework that is practical to follow for on ground staff.  The management recommendations equally aim to support the priorities identified in the Five Year Management Plan.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.

environmental management

Environmental management aims to ensure that ecosystem services are protected and maintained for future generations, and to ensure ecosystem integrity through the consideration of social, economic, and ecological variables.  Our natural environment maintains important ecological systems and provides habitat for vegetation and fauna species.  Ecoscape aims to sustain a balance between the social, economic and conservation values.

environmental management services consulting perth wa

services.

Ecoscape’s environmental management capabilities include:

  • development of local and strategic environmental management plans
  • integrated land use planning
  • weed management and restoration plans
  • vegetation community and condition mapping
  • access and infrastructure assessment and mapping
  • community and stakeholder consultation.
Water Corp of WA, Balcatta Office, Water Sensitive Urban Design Building Entrance

approach.

Ecoscape develops environmental management plans and strategies aimed at protecting and sustaining the important environmental features of each project area.  Our team integrates all aspects of environmental management from the assessment of landforms and vegetation through to designing recreational areas for public use.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.

environmental management

Environmental management aims to ensure that ecosystem services are protected and maintained for future generations, and to ensure ecosystem integrity through the consideration of social, economic, and ecological variables.  Our natural environment maintains important ecological systems and provides habitat for vegetation and fauna species.  Ecoscape aims to sustain a balance between the social, economic and conservation values.

environmental management services consulting perth wa

services.

Ecoscape’s environmental management capabilities include:

  • development of local and strategic environmental management plans
  • integrated land use planning
  • weed management and restoration plans
  • vegetation community and condition mapping
  • access and infrastructure assessment and mapping
  • community and stakeholder consultation.
Water Corp of WA, Balcatta Office, Water Sensitive Urban Design Building Entrance

approach.

Ecoscape develops environmental management plans and strategies aimed at protecting and sustaining the important environmental features of each project area.  Our team integrates all aspects of environmental management from the assessment of landforms and vegetation through to designing recreational areas for public use.

office

9 Stirling Highway
North Fremantle WA 6159

phone

+61 8 9430 8955

Ecoscape offices are located in Walyalup on the northern banks of the Derbal Yerrigan, on the traditional lands of the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation.  We work on many lands throughout Australia and acknowledge the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community and pay our respects to their cultures, ancestors and Elders.