Client: Currumbin Projects
New Ground was engaged to prepare an environmental planning, assessment and management strategy for the development of a multipurpose commercial development set within a complex environmental planning context.
The development was for the construction of a service station travel centre including a bulky retail precinct, a storage facility and veterinarian. At a local planning level, the site was zoned for the proposed use, yet the environmental planning provisions did not allow for development of the site.
At State Government level, issues including marine plants, fisheries habitat/barriers to movement and protected plants were of interest to this project.
New Ground undertook ecological site assessment works in order to provide an accurate picture of the site’s values. From there, we collaborated with other technical specialists, Council and the client to devise an environmental management strategy that was ultimately approved by Council.
The environmental management approach applied to the site allowed for protection of the site’s ecological functions as well as a net gain in the abundance of marine plants.