"Hills to Ocean Catchment Services"
Hills to Ocean Catchment Services Caring for our Catchment from Hills to Ocean using professional, high quality and specialised environmental and vegetation management services for our partners and community, which also enable us to provide financial support to the Pine Rivers Catchment Association Inc. H2O generates profits for the Pine Rivers Catchment Association – a non-profit community environment organisation. Hills to Ocean (H2O) Catchment Services is a wholly owned business of the Pine Rivers Catchment Association, a non-profit environment community group that focuses on improving the natural resources of the Pine Rivers and Hays Inlet Catchments through the engagement of the community. H2O provides environmental services to its partner organisations and the community for a fee, with profits being delivered back to Pine Rivers Catchment Association activities. H2O is a one-stop-shop for specialised vegetation management projects. H2O specialises in the restoration of sensitive riparian areas by strengthening and enhancing struggling native vegetation through weed removal and selective replanting. H2O can provide services in planning, implementing and advising on: • Vegetation management; • Native revegetation, regeneration and restoration; • Weed management (including issuing weed declaration certificate); • Riparian management and restoration; • Environmental Property Management; • Removal of large weed trees; H2O works collaboratively with various industry leaders to provide services in areas of: • Fauna and flora surveys • Native seed collection and propagation • Native plant salvage and propagation • Fencing 30/04/09 Page 1 of 6 Hills to Ocean Catchment Services Company Profile Materials H2O uses high quality materials that have been tried and tested and found to be most effective and efficient for vegetation management projects within South East Queensland. Mulch Fire ant proofed Competitively priced Heavy mulch which is reasonably stable in moderate flood areas Plants Native plants sourced from local area community nursery Plants propagated from local native seed Selected according to relevant regional ecosystems Tree Quick and easy to assemble and install guards Long lasting (2-5 years) and reusable Highly durable and suitable for windy or flood prone areas Filter light to reduce ‘hothouse’ effect to plants Available in several different sizes Maximise plant growth Easy access (just lift up) for weed control Minimal Staff trained to ensure herbicide use is efficient, effective and chemical environmentally safe use Instead of using chemical fertiliser and water crystals we use an all-in-one organic product o Long life water absorption product (5 years) o Pre-hydrated, time efficient o Only one product to distribute, time efficient Equipment H2O can provide the necessary equipment for contracted vegetation management activities: • Mobile water tank with pumping facilities for watering plants onsite and follow up watering • Heavy duty brush cutters • Quick-spray unit – 200-400L • Chainsaws and associated equipment • 4WD vehicles and trailers • Harnessing equipment for steep terrain, and • Variety of vegetation management hand-tools • Slashers and rippers • Bob cats and dingoes • Trucks and excavators, and • Specialised tree felling equipment. 30/04/09 Page 2 of 6 Hills to Ocean Catchment Services Company Profile Project Experience Client: Boral Resources (Qld) Pty Ltd Boral Resources have been a long term client of H2O since its inception in 2005. Projects have included: • Establishment and maintenance of Koala Fodder Plantation on Burpengary Creek flood plain, Narangba quarry; • Riparian vegetation maintenance and revegetation along Burpengary Creek, Narangba quarry; Purga Quarry vegetation screen • Establishment and maintenance of Glossy Black planting, June 2006 Cockatoo Plantation on quarry restoration site at Narangba quarry; • Mapping of Giant Rats Tail grass (Sporobolous spp) and development of management plans for their Narangba quarry; • Designed and established a 1000 strong native vegetation screen to manage wind, noise and dust issues and increase the scenic amenity and habitat value at Boral’s Purga quarry; • Restoration and maintenance of existing koala fodder plantation at Petrie quarry in conjunction with Australia Zoo (advice to improve the health of the plantation, ongoing weed control, tree coppicing, the treatment and management of insect pests, fertilizer application, soil pH tests and tree replanting); and • Identify options to further increase the quality and quantity of foliage output of the koala fodder plantation, which included improving site drainage, enhancing the soil biota and establishing a diversity of increased water tolerant species. Koala Fodder Plantation and maintenance, Boral Narangba Quarry, 2008 ongoing. 30/04/09 Page 3 of 6 Hills to Ocean Catchment Services Company Profile SEQ Water SEQ Water has been a long term client of H2O since its inception in 2005. Projects have included: • Control of weeds within a 20 meter buffer zone around the dams; • Establishment of Koala Corridor between areas of existing bushland; • Control of dense stand of Chinese Celtis (declared woody weed) within a 2.5 hectare area along a waterway leading into Lake Samsonvale, through physical removal, pasture establishment and grazing to control re-sprouting Celtis seedlings and replanting; • Restoration of Hays Scrub (a significant remnant rainforest) by increasing the density of native forest species over 2 hectares and establishing a 1 km vegetated wildlife corridor to with another nearby remnant. This project initially required the control of asparagus vine (Asparagus plumosus) which threatened the existing remnant vegetation. Seqwater Celtis removal site – Seqwater Celtis removal site – before control, 2007. during mechanical removal, 2007. Seqwater Celtis removal site – Two years since the beginning of works, including ongoing monthly maintenance of the site, 2009. 30/04/09 Page 4 of 6 Hills to Ocean Catchment Services Company Profile Local Councils H2O has provided ongoing support to the Pine Rivers Council, now the Moreton Bay Regional Council, and the Brisbane City Council. These projects have included: • Removal of extensive areas of Cats Claw creeper (Macfadyena unguis-cati) and Madeira vine (Anredera cordiflia) from riparian areas and some of MBRC’s most environmentally sensitive areas, for example, North and South Pine River Catchment areas. • Restoration of areas along Kedron Brook and Cabbage Tree Creeks, including cooperating with a variety of external Rescued native plants stored in local contractors, local residents and council community nursery. representatives. • Undertaking plant rescue, preservation and replanting of specimens of local native species during the Hamilton Road extension. Private Property H2O also works on private properties where vegetation management skills are required. Many of our private projects are small subdivisions that require work to meet council vegetation management requirements or landholders who require additional help to control large areas of weeds. Community Groups H2O works with many volunteer and Vine control within the Pine Rivers Catchment for community based groups. Generally this Moreton Bay Regional Council, 2006 involves areas that are hard to access and require intense weed control and/or preparation/ maintenance of tree plantings. While working with these groups we endeavour to demonstrate and instruct volunteers in best management practices. 30/04/09 Page 5 of 6 Hills to Ocean Catchment Services Company Profile Best Practice H2O takes great pride in being able to improve the condition of our local environment. To ensure that we achieve the best practice possible we have developed specific practices. These include: • Identifying and protecting environmental sensitivities • Using integrated pest management principles; • Using low disturbance techniques (eg hand digging holes for plants to minimise soil disturbance and maximise the plant survival rate) • Guaranteeing our clients between 85-95% plant survival rate* • Adhering strictly to OH&S safety policies • The ability to work in difficult to access terrains • Appointing qualified and experienced team leaders to all of our teams. • Developing long-term relationships with local clients • Maintaining reliable equipment • Providing equal opportunities to our staff. Note: Dependant on site condition and practices agreed with client. H2O provides its services to some of south-east Queensland’s largest industry bodies including Boral, South-East Queensland Water Company and Energex Limited. H2O also undertakes significant projects for local Councils, and has developed a reputation for quality outcomes and good environmental practice. H2O is happy to work with field experts, other contractors and neighbours to ensure the best quality outcomes for its clients. Operations Manager Geoff Wilkins is H2O’s Operations Manager. He has over 15 experience managing environment and heritage projects, and over 10 years experience in the vegetation management field. He has experience working in Victoria, Tasmania and Queensland. Geoff can provide clients with detailed quotations and advice on projects and follow up with tightly implemented activities to ensure that on-ground outcomes meet client expectations within agreed budgets and timelines. Geoff Wilkins H2O Operations Manager Phone: (07) 3325 1577 Fax: (07) 3325 1588 Mobile: 0437 547 138 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 30/04/09 Page 6 of 6