25 January 10: Habitat Environment Management - The green behind Stockland's gold
ENVIRO property specialist Habitat Environment
Management has emerged as the green behind the gold at one of the Coast’s best
selling residential parcels, Stockland’s $244m The Observatory at Reedy Creek
on the southern Gold Coast.
Habitat Environment Management Director Matt Keys and his team have worked closely with Stockland
over the last eight years to ensure the protection of flora and fauna and
ongoing management of The Observatory’s expansive land parcel.
“The Observatory is one of our signature projects on
the Gold Coast. Working with Stockland, we have been able to identify, protect
and manage the bushland while successfully integrating with the built form.
Stockland are extremely enviro-conscious and it’s been a blast working with
them on this project,” said Matt Keys.
“An increasing number of developers are cottoning on
to the vast advantages of engaging environmental consultants to build
sustainable communities that complement the existing landscapes in which they
“In a nutshell, we conduct the initial scientific
surveys, prepare the relevant impact assessments and then respond to these
impacts by preparing rehabilitation plans. Then our Environmental Restoration
team get to work on building native forests, eradicating weeds, stabilising
eroded banks and restoring ecosystems. We work closely with the project manager to
find solutions that protect the environment while still harnessing progress.”
The Observatory has 15kms of walking trails and almost
180 hectares, or 60 per cent of the site is dedicated to open space. There is a wide variety of wildlife species,
an abundance of natural vegetation and local parks and bushland.
Stocklands Gold Coast and Northern NSW regional manager
Col Dutton, said The Observatory is a signature residential community for the
developer on the Gold Coast.
“In many ways, The Observatory is a showcase of how
best to create a master-planned community by not impeding on its best asset –
the natural landscape,” said Mr Dutton.
Mr Dutton says Habitat takes a holistic approach, from
working with the developer during the DA process and throughout the entire
duration of project construction.
“Working with Habitat allowed us to not only identify practical
ways to protect rare and threatened species of flora and fauna on the site, but
to also implement regeneration plans where we could achieve really positive
environmental outcomes. Protecting the flora and fauna here has meant that we
can offer the best of both worlds. Residents
live in a genuine, unspoiled bushland setting with plenty of wildlife, yet are
still just minutes away from a major shopping centre, schools and the famous
beaches of the Gold Coast.” Mr Dutton said.
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