12 January 10:Habitat Hunting for the Environment

ENVIRO property specialist Habitat Environment Management has completed the first stage of a major ecological and environmental rejuvenation project at the $41 million Huntington Downs estate in Maudsland.


Developed by Hatia Property Corporation and located perfectly in rolling hinterland, Huntington Downs is surrounded by a natural bush environment, matured trees and an array of flora and fauna.


Habitat Environment Management Director Matt Keys and his team have worked closely with the developer rehabilitating the surrounding flora and fauna by reintroducing a natural ecological corridor between the Nerang State Forest and the Coomera River.


“Huntington Downs has been an exciting project to work on, preserving and rejuvenating the heavily forested ridgeline to protect rare and endangered flora and fauna by reintroducing species to the natural riparian zone,” said Matt Keys.


“We’ve really enjoyed working with Hatia Property Corporation at Huntington Downs who are extremely enviro-conscious. We initially completed a comprehensive ecological assessment of the area and then implemented and actioned an environmental master plan alongside the developer,” said Matt Keys.


“The first stage at Huntington Downs was to fill in the missing link between the heavily forested ridgeline and the nearest point of the Coomera River. In order to achieve this we reconstructed the area in the creek corridor linking the existing vegetation with that of the river’s habitat.


“By filling in the missing link we’ve created a fully functional environmental corridor that will cater for and support the needs of the existing flora and fauna in the area. By conducting the ecological assessment of the site we identified which species are supported and which required the reintroduction of various endangered flora in order to balance the surrounding ecosystem.


 “These types of rejuvenation projects are absolutely vital for the successful movement of fauna and the ongoing transmigration of native flora seeding. In the process of the restoration project at Huntington Downs, we also corrected a significant erosion problem which was a result from the sites previous life as a grazing farm.”


Hatia Property Corporation managing director Faisal Hatia, said that when they first purchased the site which is now Huntington Downs, they became the custodians responsible for the surrounding bush environment.


“It was our objective to protect the Huntington Downs site and rehabilitate the surrounding bush land to ensure a major positive environmental impact and leave the area in a better condition than before we purchased the site,” said Mr Hatia.


“By working with Habitat we have achieved this and more. Now the future residents of the development can enjoy the surrounding bush land and a perfect country lifestyle.”

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