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Greening Australia (VIC) 10 Buckingham Drive Heidelberg, VIC 03) 9450 5300 greeningaustralia.org.au
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Our Organisation About Us About Us Greening Australia is a solutions-driven organisation that is doing something practical about Australia‟s environmental problems. We do much more than simply plant trees. Greening Australia tackles critical issues like salinity, declining water quality, soil degradation, climate change and biodiversity loss through an innovative blend of practical experience, science, community engagement and commitment. With a network of over 350 staff in 80 locations across the continent and support of a further 1200 volunteers, Greening Australia lives and works with people from remote, regional and metropolitan communities. As Australia‟s premier advisers on vegetation management, Greening Australia is passionate about protecting and restoring the health, diversity and productivity of our unique landscapes. Apolitical and not-for-profit, Greening Australia partners with business, government and community organisations to achieve outstanding environmental outcomes. Since its foundation in 1982, Greening Australia has pioneered innovative partnerships and successfully managed large and small projects. With a clear focus on delivering the requirements of a defined project within budget and on time, Greening Australia successfully works with a range of stakeholders in government, business and the community.
Our Vision A healthy, diverse and productive environment treasured by the whole community.
Our Mission To engage the community in vegetation management to protect and restore the health, diversity and productivity of our unique Australian landscapes.
Company Information ABN – Greening Australia Ltd 40 002 963 788 (Deductible Gift Recipient status) ABN – Greening Australia (Vic) 74 120 231 530 ACN – Greening Australia (Vic) 120 231 530
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Our People Our People Project Staff & Specialists
Greening Australia has staff located right across the state and around the country, that whilst based in regional teams, join together to form project teams depending on the needs of the task at hand. Our skill base ranges from highly qualified ecologists and planners, education and community engagement specialists, to practical onground technicians. Collectively, our staff have a vast amount of expertise, experience and skills, ensuring the consistent delivery of exceptional natural resource project management. gghh
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Our Board The Board of Greening Australia (Vic) has a unique blend of skills encompassing the environment, business, education, government, communications and the law. Board President, Emeritus Professor Barry Hart has a high public profile as an educator and scientific researcher, who seeks to convert research knowledge into a form that can be used by resource management agencies and industry. Together, the Board members contribute a wealth of experience, knowledge and expertise as they guide corporate governance, and assist the management team and Chief Executive Officer. Our Board members represent a significant resource for Greening Australia Victoria and also to those organizations with which we partner.
Vegetation Management Greening Australia (Vic) offers key biodiversity and native vegetation management services to a diverse range of corporations, government agencies, community groups, clients and partners across the state. These services are focused on assisting stakeholders to achieve their environmental objectives through effective environmental management and include:
Monitoring and evaluation – you can’t track what you don’t measure!
Technical support and advisory services – in-house expertise & strong research
Greening Australia (Vic) delivers professional education and training services providing capacity building in the natural resource management, environmental and agricultural sectors. This includes natural resource managers, farmers, government agency staff, indigenous communities, teachers and community based volunteer groups.
Biological and ecological assessments (flora, fauna, „net gain‟) Conservation Action Planning Technical advice on biodiversity and native vegetation management Technical advice on rehabilitation and revegetation techniques GIS mapping and GPS capabilities Vegetation quality assessment Expert advice on rehabilitation techniques Specialist knowledge of native vegetation communities Property advisory services for landholders/land managers
Project management and implementation - practical experience in on-ground action
Design and management of conservation and restoration projects Development of Environmental and Site Management Plans Site planning, preparation and implementation of vegetation management and revegetation works Advanced skills and experience in revegetation of degraded landscapes Indigenous seed supply and management Development of specialist revegetation equipment
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Monitoring and evaluation of conservation and revegetation programs/projects Scientific trials Auditing of environmental outcomes
We offer the full range of training consultative processes – from needs analysis to post implementation evaluation – and as a not-forprofit organisation our aim is to provide training in accordance with our mission in the most sustainable way. Our focus is practical events and delivering the best information in a broad range of formats, including:
training events – including forums, seminars, field days and one-off or multi-day courses education tools – such as „how to‟ manuals, webtools or induction CD‟s community engagement – involving school planting days or demonstration sites for capacity building
Schools for the Environment Program
Greening Australia has been involved over many years with community capacity building in environmental management, enhancement and protection. As part of this core business Greening Australia has been working closely with the Indigenous Communities to achieve a number of important outcomes including on-ground projects, community education, cultural awareness training and community capacity building.
This „Schools for the Environment‟ program has been developed to address the „biodiversity gap‟ in school communities across Victoria and provides Greening Australia with a tangible contribution to the local community, the local environment and practical education of our children. Schools for the Environment combines schoo- based education with local volunteer group expertise to strengthen communities and create genuine environmental outcomes.
Greening Australia is working with Indigenous Communities to highlight Indigenous values in the landscape. Greening Australia is the preferred environmental contact for Wandoon Estate and with Wurundjeri Tribal Land Council, the indigenous corporations which are currently being considered as Registered Aboriginal Parties under the new Cultural Heritage legislation. These programs have all been well received by participants and supported by the Indigenous Communities. The engagement of traditional owners is essential in these programs and Greening Australia has worked on maintaining excellent relationships with the traditional owner groups. Cultural Field Days give Traditional Owners an opportunity to share their stories in their words, speaking on country, looking at the landscape and examining the resources available. It is our aim to provide participants with Indigenous perspectives of the land and relevant information about site management. Greening Australia has developed the Cultural Heritage Guidelines and Engagement Protocols for the Port Philip Catchment Management Authority. These protocols provide a guide about when CMA staff should contact Indigenous Communities and what sort of engagement is appropriate. It is framed within the context of the Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Bill 2006 and draws careful attention to the impacts of working in culturally sensitive areas.
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The program has been purposefully designed to complement Zoos Victoria‟s Stewards for Sustainability program and the Australian Government‟s Australian Sustainable Schools Initiative (AuSSI), both programs well recognised and highly regarded in themselves. The program includes the following key components: Planning - providing student and teacher biodiversity training sessions conducting eco-audits and on-ground habitat action plans in their school and/or local surrounds
Environment – planting days on public land/community sites. Schools may also select a flagship animal relating to local species, to provide a focus for school / community revegetation projects
Social – strengthening community linkages by connecting community groups with schools and stakeholders eg „friends of„ and Indigenous groups, local government, Zoos Victoria, Parks Victoria and other volunteers creating shared ownership of local projects
Education - addressing key learning activities related to climate change, indigenous vegetation and native fauna. Schools generate sustainability plans by thinking globally and acting locally. Teachers are equipped with curriculum resources.
Leadership – providing hands on opportunities to participate in school revegetation projects with the creation of on-going learning landscape for the school and local community to share and build on.
Our Experience Current and recent projects Project: The Moolapio Project Client: Alcoa of Australia The Moolapio project is a ground-breaking partnership initiative commenced in 2006 between Greening Australia and Alcoa of Australia, and is initially focused on fivehundred hectares of Alcoa‟s land at Point Henry near Geelong. The outstanding natural features of the Moolapio site, and the long term commitment by Alcoa, is enabling the combination of all the necessary ingredients to effect real conservation and landscape change, namely, ecologically rigorous planning, science-based restoration practice and evaluation and a diverse approach to community engagement. Key components in achieving this vision of the project will be the broad-scale restoration (300 ha over 15 years) of a grassland ecosystem and a concurrent program to improve the condition of the extensive coastal wetlands that make up the site, making the project of great significance in terms of its scientific and conservation values.
Noon Flowers, Point Henry The grassy ecosystem restoration work is based on a ground-breaking technique developed by Greening Australia‟s Dr. Paul Gibson Roy in conjunction with Melbourne University, via the Natural Heritage Trust (NHT) funded „Grassy Groundcover Research Project. The technique represents a radically different approach to traditional revegetation methods and has huge implications for the NRM industry if proven to be successful on a broad scale. It could change our entire approach to revegetation.
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Project: Project Hindmarsh Partner/Client: Wimmera CMA, Hindmarsh Landcare Network and Hindmarsh Shire Council Project Hindmarsh, honoured with a National Landcare Award in 2008, is a district- wide initiative that initially focused on an 1,800 km network of roadside reserves to recreate links between the Big and Little Desert National Parks. The significance of this work is now being further consolidated by engaging district landholders in the protection and restoration of native vegetation and the establishment of an ever more complete web of „Biolinks‟. Since commencing in 1998 the project has worked on more than 200 district properties, direct seeded 2,150 km of seedlings, established 1.75 million new trees and shrubs. It has protected, enhanced or revegetated over 2,000 ha with the assistance from over 2,300 volunteers (involved 8 planting weekends), established 133 km of shelterbelts, constructed 246kms of protective fencing and replanted 107 km of vegetation gaps on roadside reserves.
Project: Deep Creek Road, Mullum Mullum Creek, Landscape and Revegetation Project Client: VicRoads This project enabled the restoration of approximately 5 ha of land adjacent to the Mullum-Mullum Creek in the vicinity of the Deep Creek road bridge. A highly diverse selection of over 100 species indigenous trees, shrubs, ground covers and grasses were successfully established with a total of over 60,000 plants. The works comprise the construction and maintenance of all landscape and associated work adjacent to Deep Creek Road and Loughnan Road in accordance with the VicRoads specifications and drawings.
Project: Net Gain revegetation of Seamist property Partner/Client: Basslink Greening Australia (VIC) has been contracted to undertake Basslink‟s Net Gain obligations resulting from 69 km of overhead tower/cabling linking Tasmanian power to the La Trobe Valley. Seamist Park, the 230 ha property acquired by Basslink for the off-set obligations, adjoins the Nullundung State Forest and will be given over to the public at the end of the project. This project involves the development of a landscape plan, revegetation implementation plan, community Involvement plan, native animal control strategy, project management and the implementation of 10 year revegetation project, including supply of equipment and training. A range of revegetation methods have been used and trialled to achieve habitat hectare targets in the various Ecological Vegetation Classes across the site. The placing of logs for their habitat value was the first step in reinstating vegetation on the property.
Project: Urban Bushcare Client: Port Phillip and Westernport CMA Urban Bushcare is a comprehensive program for native vegetation restoration, community engagement and education throughout Greater Melbourne. Greening Australia has coordinated the Urban Bushcare program since 1999 with initial funding through the Commonwealth Government‟s NHT and support from the Port Phillip and Westernport Catchment Management Authority. To date, the program has helped over 150 community groups, schools and land managers carry out works to their local environments to the value of $2.1 million.
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This has directly enhanced over 700 ha of urban bushland and has seen the establishment of over 375,000 native trees, shrubs and grasses.
Project: Schools for the Environment Partners: CityLink Transurban and RACV Through the Schools for the Environment program, Greening Australia Victoria offers physical, technical and hands-on support to primary and secondary schools to develop and deliver sustainability education and revegetation projects. These projects provide support to indigenous plant communities by helping to protect and restore habitat, involving stakeholders from within the community and integrating sustainability principles into the school curriculum. Such revegetation works can be developed either within the school grounds or in the surrounding environs. The program, as delivered over the last 9 years, also incorporates delivery of professional development for educators via curriculum support materials and annual forums around the state.
Project: Cranbourne Terminal Station, Landscape and Revegetation Project Client: SPI Powernet Greening Australia is currently undertaking a large revegetation project for SPI Powernet‟s Cranbourne Terminal Station. These works will allow for the re-instatement of approximately 9 ha of former pasture land with mixed local Indigenous species by both tubestock planting and the Hydroseeding of an “Urban Forest”. The works require the planting of 19,000 tubestock and the Hydroseeding of over 350,000 plants. The works comprise all site preparation and landscape works, followed by a one year maintenance program at the completion of planting.
Grassy Groundcover Research Project Temperate south-eastern lowland native grasslands are among Australia‟s most threatened plant communities and have been listed as a nationally threatened ecological community under the federal governments Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999. In Victoria, these communities have been reduced in range to less than 1% of their pre-European distribution. Remnant populations survive as scattered small communities and are under continued risk from agricultural activities, urban expansion and road and rail development. While conservation of remnant populations has been a primary focus for some decades, their continuing destruction necessitates that reconstruction of new populations on secure sites is considered in tandem with conservation of existing populations. The Grassy Groundcover Restoration Project (GGRP) was initiated to improve resources and knowledge useful for restoring Australian grasslands through direct seeding. Its focus was twofold: to reconstruct species-rich assemblages (representative of locally occurring remnants) onto land with an agricultural history; and to produce of large quantities of high quality, provenance seed, in seed production systems. The GGRP was undertaken at 13 separate 1 ha restoration sites across the south-west of Victoria encompassing soil and climatic variation. This allowed the easy comparison of methods and their effectiveness across a range of widely spaced sites in Victoria. All individual sites are located on land with an agricultural history on Plains Grassland or Open Woodland (Redgum, Buloke and Box).
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Prior to the GGRP, the most common technique for restoring grassland communities was by the reintroduction of plants grown as container-stock. While this represents efficiencies in the use of limited seed resources, introducing individual plants is labour-intensive and expensive. In addition, the establishment and the development of selfperpetuating populations under field conditions are seldom reported. Direct seeding is a technique that has long been used in Australia for revegetation with native trees and shrubs, but has only more recently been investigated for the reintroduction of herbaceous species (primarily grasses and a few selected forbs). The GGRP was undertaken and administered by Greening Australia in partnership with the University of Melbourne. A large number of participants were involved in the construction phase of this project (approximately 150 people), and the achievement of its goals was due to the combined experience, energy and enthusiasm of these volunteers, contractors and staff. A steering committee and a technical panel were established for to ensure proper governance of the project. The GGRP has demonstrated it is possible to reconstruct grassy plant communities on agricultural lands by direct seeding. The techniques developed by the GGRP allow for multiple outcomes; from the development of provenance-based seed crops, to the reinstatement of highly diverse plant communities, to the establishment of perennial native pasture for fodder. Learning‟s from this work will enable landholders, community or landcare groups and restoration practitioners to undertake habitat restoration at a range of scales. The advances achieved in restoration outcomes by the GGRP further enhance Greening Australia‟s role as an innovator in tackling the critical issue of biodiversity loss and wholefarm sustainability through a creative blend of practical experience, science and community engagement.
Transforming Our Landscapes
To „transform our landscapes‟, Greening Australia seeks to recreate “resilient landscapes” – landscapes that are not only able to retain their natural and social values but which also have a high capacity to adapt to changing circumstances. Wetlands and wetland species have been dramatically affected by vegetation clearance and changed drainage. Dryland salinity is a major concern in the north, causing dieback of native vegetation and pasture lands and increasingly saline wetlands. Exotic weeds and feral animals threaten native plants and animals through competition and predation. The recognition that extensive areas of Australia‟s important landscapes were at risk, acted as a catalyst for change. Greening Australia‟s response to these challenges required a deliberate shift of scale of our on-ground restoration, from working at a local patch level to operating at a regional scale covering many thousands to millions of hectares. This new strategy, known as Transforming Our Landscapes, will guide our work for decades. We recognise that the challenges face dare beyond the capacity of any single organisation or sector to address. Our approach combines the forces of the private and public sector, of community, business and government. To „transform our landscapes‟, Greening Australia seeks to recreate “resilient landscapes” – landscapes that are not only able to retain their natural and social values but which also have a high capacity to adapt to changing circumstances. Historically, we have worked with landholders on their land to address local problems, but as we take on these national challenges we had to rethink our approach. To achieve change of the magnitude required, Greening Australia is now starting to work at a scale never before attempted.
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We are, therefore, developing robust partnerships with the community, Government, the business sector and private individuals to ensure that we can call upon the full complement of leadership, governance, management and implementation skills required for success. We employ a diverse and innovative array of technical, scientific, policy and market approaches that deliver net benefit across the three pillars of sustainability - environment, society and the economy – in the landscapes where we work. These approaches are underpinned by sound science and managed within a robust planning framework. Transforming our Landscapes is characterised by a focus on: ecological resilience; a higher proportion of the landscape under perennial vegetation; commercial land uses that are managed to deliver a wider array of services in addition to traditional commodities; and a meaningful role for indigenous Australians.
Habitat 141 Habitat 141, named for the 141st line of longitude that parallels the Victoria/SA border, is a 50-year initiative to restore and reconnect a number of iconic landscapes stretching 700km. It spans a rainfall gradient of 800mm on the south coast around Portland to 250mm at Renmark/Wentworth on the Murray River. The largest environmental restoration project ever tackled in Victoria, Habitat 141 is a bold program to restore rivers, wet-lands and bushland and to reconnect some of our most ecologically important parks and reserves. This is achievable because Habitat 141 region is one of very few places in Australia where extensive wilderness areas form a series of „stepping stones‟ from the southernmost coastal areas right through to the arid zone. The program aims to address challenges such as climate change and biodiversity loss by reconnecting those stepping stones; the extensive heathlands and mallee bushland of Murray-Sunset (Billiat), Big Desert, Wyperfeld (Ngarkat) and Little Desert National Parks down through to the red gum country and threatened buloke grassy wood-lands, through The project will restore natural connections between reserve systems (e.g. national parks) and other areas of public and private remnant native vegetation. It will also tackle pest and weed pressures and restore the health of existing native bush ecosystems to help species cope with climate change.
National ‘biodiversity hotspots’ and our focus sites for landscape-scale change
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This will be achieved by identifying, for action, key areas within the Habitat 141 region which can connect the large reserve systems and remnant vegetation and then restoring functional bush ecosystems along these „corridors‟ – a process known as connectivity. Through its partnership with the international NGO, The Nature Conservancy, Greening Australia has adopted the Conservation Action Planning framework which is currently guiding conservation action in many projects in countries around the world. This well tried tool provides a rigorous process for identifying assets, determining threats, identifying responses and measuring results. Greening Australia has lead the development of Conservation Action Plans (CAPs) within the Habitat 141 region. This has lead to the identification of four discrete zones, each with their own unique challenges and opportunities. From south to north, these zones are: Zone 1 – Greater Glenelg Zone 2 – West Wimmera Zone 3 – Wimmera Mallee Tatiara Zone 4 – Murray Mallee A key feature identified throughout these zones is the growth of rural poverty, job and population loss in towns and increasing levels of social distress. Functioning ecosystem restoration can only be achieved if there is a functioning community to support it.
Biodiverse Carbon Greening Australia is offering a premium quality carbon sequestration product that delivers multiple environmental benefits over and above CO2 abatement, including: Improved biodiversity outcomes through addressing habitat loss and fragmentation; Addressing inappropriate land and water use and promoting multiple land uses that provide truly sustainable productive landscapes; Removing invasive plant species and managing pest species; Enhancing the resilience of ecosystems in the face of rapid climate change (greater frequency and intensity of drought, flood and fire); and Adding value to local communities through enhanced sustainable land management practices and the diversification of farm income. Large scale (at the 1000s of hectares scale), multi-species forest and woodland sinks are to be established on previously cleared (Kyoto compliant) land and will be managed by Greening Australia for in excess of 100 years. These large carbon sink plantings will be located within key “at risk” landscapes spread across the Australia continent and will be targeted in areas where the opportunity exists to re-establish connectivity between large native vegetation remnants including State Forests, National Parks and other reserves. This strategic approach is designed to realise the multiple environmental and socio-economic benefits listed above. While in the first instance this a CO2 abatement product, the focus on large scale restoration also enhances the resilience of these landscapes in the face of climate change. As such the Greening Australia product adds value to Australia‟s effort to adapt to climate change given that accumulation of CO2 in the atmosphere to date will inevitably result in some degree of climate change.
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Risk Management is a major component of the design of our carbon product. Greening Australia is building a risk management buffer into its national pool. The establishment of large resilient landscapes also translates to reduced risk when compared to small scale, disaggregated bio-sequestration plantings. Finally our goal of connecting established remnant vegetation means that species recruitment and vegetation re-establishment after events that damage our carbon assets is maximised. We have, over the past 26 years, demonstrated the capacity to establish and maintain significant restoration plantings across Australia. The first carbon plantings have already been established in one of our strategic landscapes “Gondwana Link” in the south west of Western Australia. In the first phase of building our carbon pool, Greening Australia has identified additional strategic landscapes in Queensland, NSW, South Australia, Tasmania and the tri-state Habitat 141 region. Greening Australia is now an Australian Government approved Greenhouse friendly abatement provider. In order to meet the requirements of this rigorous accreditation scheme, the carbon plantings will meet a range of minimum standards, including: In most cases, depending on customer preference, Greening Australia will own and/or control the carbon asset for a minimum of 100 years after the carbon credit is generated; Greening Australia will ensure regular independent third party audits of the carbon asset and all related administrative, accounting and reporting practices; The credits will be registered on an accredited carbon trading platform in Australia; and A comprehensive risk management strategy will be employed to ensure that issues like fire, disease and climate change are mitigated.
Our Safety The Occupational Health and Safety Act 1985 requires an employer to provide and maintain so far as practicable for employees a working environment that is safe and without risks to health. Greening Australia (Vic)‟s Occupational Health and Safety Policy is explicitly framed to ensure that the health and safety of our staff is placed above all other aspects of our operations.
Regulatory Greening Australia (Vic) will do everything in its power necessary to provide a healthy and safe work environment for all of its employees and volunteers. We adopt a „compliance plus‟ OHS policy - compliance with all regulation, and going beyond compliance by achieving best practice through continuous improvement. The Occupational Health and Safety Management System which supports this policy is the blueprint for best practice OHS in all areas of our work.
Responsibilities Management Managers are collectively and individually responsible for providing and maintaining so far as is practicable a working environment that is safe and without risk to health. Occupational Health and Safety Committee The role of the Occupational Health and Safety Committee is to advise managers on and coordinate the development and implementation of an Occupational Health and Management Safety System and OHS initiatives in Greening Australia (Vic).
This risk management policy establishes the procedures that support the integration of risk management within the company management practices and the general principles of a balance of benefit against cost. Review of the status of risk at organisational, functional and project level every are conducted every two months. Reports of risk classified as „Extreme‟ and „High‟ are considered at all meetings of the Board.
Insurance Public Liability Insurance is held under Policy No. 10M 0324822 underwritten by CGU Insurance Ltd.
Risk Management Greening Australia Vic has recognised Risk Management as an integral part of good management practice. Risk Management is integrated into the organisation philosophy, practices and business plans rather than viewed or practiced as a separate program. The Risk Management process is the systematic application of management policies, procedures and practices to support the minimisation of risk within the business and to maximise opportunities. This is the establishment of a context, the identification of risks, evaluating and treating risks, monitoring and communication of risks and where appropriate establishing recovery and business continuity plans.
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Professional Indemnity Insurance is held under Policy No. LPP010153588 underwritten by Vero Insurance Ltd. Group Personal Accident Insurance is held under Policy No. AGPA 000033ACT underwritten by Ace Insurance Ltd. Directors and Officers Liability Insurance is held under Policy No. LPP010153675 underwritten by Vero Insurance Ltd.