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Fire Ants – Australia’s small but costly threat, and what they mean for you.

Discovery and Eradication Efforts The imported red fire ant (Solenopsis Invicta) was initially detected in Brisbane in 2001. Twenty-three years later, this invasive species is now at the centre of the largest eradication program ever conducted in Australia (DES). Fire ants are native to South America, but have carved a destructive path throughout North America …

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Land Rehabilitation and Sustainable Development in Queensland

Land degradation is an increasing concern in Queensland. Not only does it affect natural habitats, but it also exacerbates climate change and leads to a loss of biodiversity. Land rehabilitation becomes a necessity for striking a balance in our ecosystems and promoting sustainable development. It is important to note that an appropriate level of ecological …

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The Role of GIS and Mapping in Modern Environmental Planning

What is GIS? Geographic Information Systems (GIS) serve as a framework for collecting, storing, and analysing geographical data. Rooted in the science of geography, GIS integrates many types of data. It analyses spatial location and organises layers of information into visualisations using maps and 3D scenes. With this unique capability, GIS reveals deeper insights into …

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Environmental Policy Success: Regulated Tree Clearing in Queensland

Queensland’s Minister for Resources, The Honourable Scott Stewart, has recently released a media statement that shines a spotlight on the environmental progress within Queensland in relation to regulated tree clearing. The statement outlines the positive findings of the latest Statewide Landcover and Trees Study (SLATS) report, a scientific monitoring program that is instrumental in shaping …

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Navigating the EPBC Act Reform: A New Era for Australia’s Environmental Protections

At New Ground, we are dedicated to helping businesses navigate complex environmental and planning regulations. As specialists in this field, we understand the challenges that regulatory changes can bring and the need to adapt swiftly to maintain compliance. The landscape of Australia’s environmental regulation is changing, with the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 …

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5 Steps to Successful Bushfire Hazard Assessments

Bushfires pose a significant threat, and a comprehensive bushfire hazard assessment is essential to protect communities and assets from the devastating effects of these natural disasters.  In this article, we will discuss five steps to success when conducting bushfire hazard assessments. Information is king in this situation, so it is vital to collect data on …

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What is a rehabilitation plan?

A rehabilitation plan is a detailed strategy for restoring degraded or damaged ecosystems to their original or improved condition. Such plans are crucial for mitigating the impacts of human activities on the natural environment, including mining, logging, construction, and property development. Typically, any development application involving impacts on environmental overlays requires a plan. A rehabilitation …

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Environmental Restoration News: Nature Repair Market Bill 2023

The Nature Repair Market Bill 2023 has been introduced to parliament, marking a significant milestone for environmental restoration in Australia. The bill is part of the Federal Government’s plan to create a new market that rewards landholders for their efforts in conserving and restoring biodiversity and other natural assets. The market will also encourage businesses to …

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