We have commissioned an enhancement and restoration project for high value habitat areas for threatened and migratory species listed under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act).
The Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Project meets compliance requirements under our Biodiversity Offset Strategy (BOS) and forms part of a Federal Government condition for the Western Basin Dredging and Disposal Project.
The following high priority areas have been identified in order to maintain or enhance the diversity and increase the resilience of threatened and migratory species in the Port Curtis bioregion:
- Curtis Island
- Facing Island
The criteria used to define priority restoration and/or enhancement sites are based on maximising ecological benefits for the broadest range of EPBC listed threatened and migratory marine species, while taking into account constraints associated with costs, environmental approvals, land tenure and social considerations.
The project will commence with a bio-condition assessment in the project areas followed by on-ground restoration works to assist in preserving key habitats for EPBC listed megafauna and migratory shorebirds.
The project will include:
- Biocondition Monitoring - On ground monitoring to assess the ecological condition of the identified habitats.
- Revegetation - Suitable native vegetation will be planted to replenish areas where vegetation cover has been reduced.
- Weed Control - Weed eradication activities will occur as part of the Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Project.
- Marine Debris Clean-Ups - Removal of debris from beaches in the region at organized events.
- Fencing and Signage - Installation and repairs to fencing will occur to reduce access in some areas requiring habitat enhancement and restoration works. Informative signage will be installed to educate and communicate the importance of the habitat and associated fauna.
- Ecological Monitoring - Annual ecological monitoring will be conducted to assess the effectiveness of the restoration activities.
- Community Engagement and Education - An ongoing education campaign will be developed to raise the awareness of the significance in preserving habitats for threatened and migratory species in our region.
GPC, in conjunction with project contractor, Verterra, has held the following community meetings to provide an overview of the project:
- Curtis Island - 22 August & 17 October 2015
- Facing Island - 17 October 2015
Residents are encouraged to join our mailing list to receive project updates.
Project staging and timing
The project is in the planning stages, with an expectation to finalise the Project Plan mid-2017. A more detailed timeline will be available once the Project Plan is finalised.
For information about the BOS – Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Project or to join our mailing for project updates please email or phone our Corporate and Community Relations Team on 1800 243 GPC.