- Targeted weed control
- High volume spraying
- Riparian weed control
- Aquatic & sensitive area control
- Site maintenance
- Tube-stock supply
- Provenance species
- Ecological Community species composition
- Large-scale planting
- Mature trees
- Koala food trees
- Project Planning
- Vegetation Management Plans
- Liaising with local government
Wild Things Native Gardens consistently demonstrates our commitment to both our clients and the environment by providing work of the highest quality in the following ways:
- Providing sound ecological restoration outcomes that meet client requirements and expectations,
- Ensuring all staff are qualified, experienced and committed to the concept of ecological restoration and that best practice principles are adhered to at all times;
- Ensuring that all staff are familiar with the site specific aims and objectives for each project, and adhere to the high standards of work that are expected at every site;
- Regularly consulting with clients to ensure that project outcomes are being met,
- Management addressing client queries promptly to maintain client confidence and satisfaction,
- Keeping up to date with the latest information on industry developments and innovations,
- Working with clients and contractors to devise strategies to implement positive environmental changes,
- Supporting all staff to further their knowledge of plant identification (native & weed plant species) and ecosystems by weekly plant identification,
- Encouraging all staff to participate in discussions regarding environmental and workplace safety outcomes.
Evidence of effectiveness:
- All previous works completed to a high level of competence on time and to budget,
- A well qualified and committed crew with low staff turnover,
- Site specific induction before commencement of works for every person on every site. Regular consultation, discussion and direction of all personnel about site specific aims of objectives;
- Availability for client contact on site and after hours. Regular updates to clients on work progress;
- Prompt responses to any client contact have ensured high levels of client satisfaction and confidence. Subscription to industry newsletters for up to date environmental and technical information. Sharing of expert advice and knowledge with clients and contractors to achieve the highest environmental outcomes;
- Plant and weed identification books carried on site with staff encouraged to identify unfamiliar species. Positive and professional relationships with all personnel resulting in open and effective communication with all team members on achieving the highest environmental outcomes.
ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
The care and improvement of natural environments is the core business of Wild Things Native Gardens. Best practice work methods in natural area restoration are standard for our company and we aim to minimise negative environmental affects wherever possible.
We regularly review and update our workplace practices by keeping in regular contact with local authorities such as the Noxious Weed Officer and Council Ecologist. We maintain our membership to the Australian Bush Regeneration Association (AABR) and regularly carry out tool box talks and attend training seminars when possible.
WTNG staff are made aware of all relevant legislative and regulatory requirements that govern our work, in particular the pending PMHC Biodiversity Strategy and vegetation mapping and the Koala Plan of Management. The Northern Rivers Biodiversity Management plan 2010, The NSW Invasive Species Plan 2008, The Native Vegetation Framework and the Nature Conservation Act, 1992, plus the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Act 1999. We also use the Threat Abatement and Recovery Plans to guide our work where possible.
Upon Induction to a site our staff are informed and regularly updated about general and site specific environmental issues relating to any work they carry out, and are encouraged to contribute ideas and suggestions to help improve the company’s environmental performance, and reduce negative impacts on the environment.
All staff are made aware of issues relating to riparian management, water quality, soil types and erosion during their TAFE training and as ongoing education through their employment with WTNG. Where necessary ecological restoration techniques are modified to maintain creek bank stability and to limit possible erosion threats.
All personnel are qualified and experienced and follow best practice in regard to safe handling and application of chemical herbicides. New guidelines and innovations regarding herbicide use are brought to their attention where relevant. The use of the least toxic herbicides is company policy, and where possible herbicide use is avoided in favour of non-herbicide options such as hand weeding.
Any issues relating to the environment and the work we perform, that cause concern to any company personnel, management authorities, neighbours, or any member of the public, will be promptly addressed by company management. Serious environmental incidents will be addressed through the Company’s Environment Incident Reporting System. Where necessary; changes to company practices will be made to increase preparedness for, or avoid repeat of, such incidents. Relevant authorities will also be informed of any incidents where the company is legally obliged to do so.