Vegetation Offset Assessment – Toorbul

Who: Churches of Christ Queensland
What: Vegetation Offset Assessment including Biocondition and Ecological Equivalence Assessment
When: 2011/12
Where: Toorbul, Queensland
Why: Litoria Consulting was commissioned by Churches of Christ Queensland to undertake a biocondition assessment of a parcel of land in the suburb of Toorbul, Queensland.The assessment was necessary to ground-truth the suitability of existing vegetation on the site as a vegetation offset for the clearing of an area of Regional Ecosystem 12.2.5 on nearby Bribie Island.The scope of services included an assessment of ecological equivalence in accordance with the Department of Environment and Resource Management’s (DERM) Policy for Vegetation Management Offsets (November 2009). In order to assess the suitability of the offset, the proposed scope included a biocondition assessment and GIS spatial analysis.
Outcomes:  This project involved:

  •  A preliminary desktop assessment to determine the suitability of the proposed offset site
  • Biocondition assessment in addition to general vegetation survey
  • GIS spatial analysis to accurately map results of the assessment and survey to determine offset areas.