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Wildlife surveys and assessments

This firm specialises in the design and implementation of environmental assessments.  Flora, fauna and fisheries surveys provide the base-line data required to make rational planning decisions.  Surveys range from desk top predictive assessments to systematic studies that utilise a wide range of the most up-to-date scientific recording devices.  This Company owns, operates and maintains all of its own scientific equipment so that quality insurance is optimised.  Survey equipment includes acoustical detectors for bat, frog and bird surveys, infrared cameras, Elliott, cage, pit-fall and hair-tube traps, harp and mist nets, spot lights, night vision devices and megaphones.  This firm is licensed by the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Depart of Primary Industry to undertaken fauna trapping surveys.

 

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GIS and remote sensing

This firm is a provider of Geographic Information System (GIS) mapping services.  This provides for the seamless integration of ecological information with mapping contained in databases held by councils and government agencies.  GIS also assists in communication between disciplines such as surveying, planning and architecture and provides the level of precision expected in project planning.  This firm subscribes to aerial photos supplied by Nearmap and is able to provide up to date high definition geo-referenced photos of sites throughout NSW.   The advantage of geo-referencing is that development layers can be laid over the aerial photo in GIS mapping to generate clear and precise images of the project.

 

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Environmental planning

Peter Parker Environmental Consultants Pty Ltd has over 30 years of experience navigating through the complexities of NSW and Commonwealth planning legislation, particularly as it relates to environmental assessment. This firm's understanding of statutory and policy frameworks at the local, state and commonwealth level has been developed through interacting with specialists in disciplines such as bushfire assessment, strategic planning and as expert in proceedings in the NSW Land and Environment Court.

 

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Natural resource management

Peter Parker Environmental Consultants Pty Ltd works in close association with strategic planners, bushfire assessors, engineering and waste water management specialists, architects and noise abatement and traffic management consultants to ensure that sustainable development is based on sound ecological principles.
In this framework, this firm has received five state, one national and one regional planning award from the Royal Australian Planning Institute.  Awards include projects which protect sensitive bushland areas, marine environments, extractive resources and waste water treatment.

 

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BioBanking and Biodiversity Certification

The BioBanking Scheme was established under Part 7A of the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995.  BioBanking commenced in 2008 and Peter Parker was accredited as a BioBanking assessor in 2010.  Accreditation was subsequently renewed in 2013. 

BioBanking provides a streamlined biodiversity assessment process and is accompanied by a rigorous and credible offsetting scheme.  The BioBanking scheme identifies biodiversity gains in locations where it is most cost effective to do so.  BioBanking has distinct advantages in some situations over the more traditional approach to environmental assessment and provides certainty by turning off third party appeal provisions.

Biodiversity certification is available to planning authorities and is a useful tool when large land holdings under multiple ownership are being considered for rezoning.  Once land has been Biocertified, there is no need to undertake additional biological assessments.  

 

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Court representation

Peter Parker Environmental Consultants Pty Ltd has made representations to the NSW Land and Environment Court, commissions of inquiry, hearings into local environmental plans and as an arbitration specialist over the past 30 years.
The NSW Land and Environment Court webpage contains details of cases in which this firm has acted (http://www.lawlink.nsw.gov.au/lec)