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International Darwin Day

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / February 11, 2020

Charles Robert Darwin, was an English naturalist, geologist and biologist, best known for his contributions to the science of evolution. His proposition that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors is now widely accepted, and considered a foundational concept in science. Darwin Day is a recently instituted celebration intended to commemorate…

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What is the Difference Between Environmental Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment?

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / March 31, 2020

Environmental assessments and environmental impact assessments are both important steps in the environmental approvals process. While they are often confused with one another, they each play a different and distinct role. Put simply, environmental assessments define the environment while environmental impact assessments define the proposed activity and what effect it will have on the defined…

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Coronavirus Crippling Businesses Everywhere

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / March 20, 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak is impacting businesses globally in many ways including reduced trade, temporary business closures, staffing issues, and supply chain interruptions. Across the globe, “non-essentials” are being shut-down in the midst of the outbreak.   Businesses across most industries are feeling the pinch as consumers and clients shift priorities and bunker down.  It will…

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What is an Environmental Impact Assessment?

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / March 2, 2020

An environmental impact assessment in Western Australia is a process governed by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) in line with the Environmental Protection Act 1986 (EP Act). At a national level, environmental impact assessments may also be assessed and considered for approval by the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (DAWE). Environmental impact…

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Why is Environmental Management Good for your Organisation?

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / February 7, 2020

Environmental management is the systematic approach to finding practical ways to reduce negative impacts on the environment. Environmental management involves being aware of the impacts that you have on the environment and how to reduce or manage that impact. This may include: Minimising the amount of vegetation cleared for a development Reducing energy consumption Reducing…

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Australian Bushfires – The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / January 15, 2020

Bushfires in Australia can impact extensive areas, cause property damage and take the lives of humans and wildlife.  Since 1851, bushfires in Australia have accounted for the deaths of 800 people in Australia. This month, it has been estimated that over 1.25 billion animals have died during this ongoing Australian bushfire season. The sad statistics…

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What is a Flora and Vegetation Survey?

By Focused Vision / January 8, 2020

Flora and vegetation surveys are the process of collecting data about the naturally occurring native plant life (flora) and collection of plants (vegetation) present in a particular area, usually to provide guidance for impact assessment and management planning. A flora and vegetation survey may focus on: An inventory and mapping of flora and vegetation Rare…

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Welcome Adrian!

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / August 20, 2019

This week, we have excitedly welcomed Adrian Barrett as Ecologist/Botanist to the FVC team. He joins us just in time for the busy spring field season, kicking off in less than two weeks. Adrian has more than eight years’ experience undertaking biological and ecological surveys within consulting, conservation and research roles. He has worked as…

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Naidoc Week

It’s NAIDOC Week!

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / July 8, 2019

It’s NAIDOC week and what a great time to get out and about in our community, celebrating and learning. Also an important time to reflect on this year’s theme: Voice, Treaty Truth and the role that all Australians have to play in honouring these actions.

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Amendments to the EPBC Act list of threatened species and ecological communities

By Kellie Bauer-Simpson / July 7, 2019

On 28 June, the Commonwealth Department of the Environment and Energy advised that the Minister for the Environment, the Hon. Sussan Ley MP, had amended the list of threatened species and ecological communities under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.  The amendments include the new listing of 34 species and three ecological communities,…

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