How UGL is protecting koalas
- April 26, 2023
- Health and safety and environment
UGL’s site based environmental advisors coordinate a team of fauna spotter catchers who are tasked with ensuring all habitat is checked for wildlife prior to any disturbance being undertaken.
The koala is just one of more than 100 individual animals that have been located on the Genex Kidston Connection project so far.
The find is a testimony to UGL’s commitment to fulfilling its environmental responsibilities and careful planning, to ensure all vegetation is checked for wildlife prior to habitat disturbance and ensuring all vegetation disturbance is observed by a fauna spotter catcher. The environmental team record all habitat removal including; size, location and species of hollow bearing trees and other “breeding places”, and this information is provided to the Department of Environment and Science.
The fauna spotter catchers are trained professionals who hold permits which allow them to interact with native Australian wildlife of all forms including frogs, snakes, geckos and possums. After some happy snaps the koala was monitored to ensure it had found a new place to call home prior to habitat disturbance occurring in the area.
Dean Brooks, UGL Project Manager said “The UGL management team is committed to delivering an environmentally compliant, and safe project. To ensure we achieve this goal we have appointed a dedicated team of Environmental Specialists who are experienced in environmental compliance and supported by the fauna spotter catchers. The remote location of the project poses a very challenging environment for the team to work in and the fauna spotter catcher team has been recognised for their dedication and hard work by being awarded two awards for the month of November and December under the ‘Project Reward and Recognition’ program.”