2013 Riverina LGA - Quarry Management and Rehabilitation

For a large rural Council undertake an assessment of Council operated quarries across the Shire to assess management, and remediation issues.  Potential risks to the public were identified and options to remediate part or all quarries were assessed.  A report was prepared which outlined risks and remediation options for non-productive areas whilst productive use of the quarry continues and which also included protocols for decommissioning of any quarry/s should that be necessary.

2013 Riverina LGA - Roadside Vegetation Assessment

For a large rural Council undertake roadside vegetation assessment of over 1,000 kilometres which was 35% of the Shire.  A rapid assessment technique was developed to maximise area covered by the roadside assessment.  GIS mapping identified vegetation types along roadways.  The report included practical management options for council field staff to identify and optimally manage ecologically important roadside vegetation to ensure council operation and community impacts are minimised on these areas and to ultimately develop a program of enhancement for the ecological values of roadside vegetation.

2013 Private Irrigator - Review of Environmental Factors

For a riparian irrigator prepare a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) in relation to the construction of two proposed water storages.  The water storages were proposed for two separate irrigation areas within the one property and which are in two separate shires.  Report preparation included detailed field surveys by geotech engineers to ascertain suitability for storage construction and operation.  The REF preparation included liaison with the relevant Councils and the Office of Water to ensure the appropriate development applications and works/use approval forms were completed and included with the REF.

2011 – Forbes Shire Council – Environment Investigation and Development Study

In assessing the draft LEP the department of Planning advised Forbes Shire Council of a Gateway determination in relation to an area on the edge of Forbes.  This area required more detailed environmental investigations in particular to address flooding and groundwater issues.  Council elected to undertake such studies and added two more areas to be investigated.  Booth Associates was commissioned to undertake this work in 2011 have prepared a draft report which is about to be presented to Council.

2010 – Hay Shire Council Levee Licencing

Booth Associates are project managing investigations to facilitate the licencing for controlled works for Hay levee upgrades from the NSW Office of Water.

2010 – Lake Mokoan Fauna Survey

Booth Associates have assisted Water Technology in the undertaking of trapping at the recently decommissioned Lake Mokoan water diversion/storage as part of the Victorian Government’s Our Water, Our Future Action Plan.  The intention is to return the area to its natural state as an important wetland system.  The exercise was to provide baseline information for species that exist in the area which will guide future investment nd management activities.  A combination of traditional trapping methods were used including pitfall and Elliot traps in conjunction with new technologies comprising infrared camera detection and call recording.

2010 – Hay Shire Council – Review of Environmental Factors for Levee Upgrade

Booth Associates are in the process of completing a Review of Environmental Factors (REF) for the proposed Hay levees upgrade, as the project constitutes a Part 5 activity under the Environmental Planning and Assessment Act (PE&A Act, 1979).  The upgrade will involve several types of treatment throughout all levee sections, including the removal of soils that have been assessed to be unsuitable, and reinstatement to achieve adequate stabilisation and height in the event of a 1:90 year flood or greater.  These works will also involve the installation of concrete reinforced sections and removable panels.

2010 – Threatened Species Assessment

Booth Associates were engaged to conduct a flora and fauna survey and threatened species assessment for a proposed pivot development in regional NSW.  Booth Associates undertook desktop assessment as well as the seven part test for land impacted by a proposed irrigation development.  The survey found that the proposed development was unlikely to significantly impact existing biodiversity, subject to the adoption of certain recommendations.

2009 – 2010 – Griffith City Council Community Biodiversity Survey

Booth Associates participated as part of the committee developing survey activities and conducted mammal and reptile trapping plus provided in-field lectures to community groups.

2009 – Narrandera Shire Council Plan of Management

Booth Associates were engaged by a local council to prepare a Plan of Management for a 500ha reserve adjacent to the Murrumbidgee River.  This required a range of environmental surveys including assessment of riparian ecological condition, flora and fauna surveys and GPS features survey.  The project involved working with stakeholders and the community to identify values, vision, assets and issues for the Reserve.  Prescriptions for management including a works schedule were developed to assist the Council in optimising the Reserve’s ecological and cultural assets, promoting local and visitor usage and facilitating long term sustainability.

2009 – Griffith City Council – Biodiversity Conservation Assessment

Booth Associates prepared a Biodiversity Conservation Assessment as part of a Review of Environmental Factors for a regional council.  The REF was required as council proposed to undertake a road realignment and was exempt from the need to obtain development consent.  The project involved desktop analysis as well as field surveys and reporting.  Significant aspects included identification of impacted vegetation communities, flora and fauna species and a threatened species assessment, as well as GPS field referencing including DBH measurements of impacted species.  The habitat hectares tool was used to assess vegetation quality and condition as a means of identifying the potential impact on biodiversity.  As part of the process the conservation status of existing vegetation was identified in terms of its local and regional context.  The project involved development of offset options as a measure to enable the proposed activity to proceed.  The recommendations included measures to mitigate against environmental impact including options to modify the proposed realignment to avoid significant species or habitat loss.

2009 – Hazardous Materials Inspection, Bakery and Retail Complex, Griffith

Booth Associates project managed activities for HMI as part of pre-purchase investigations (due diligence) of a bakery and retail complex for a client intending to convert the site into a medical centre. Investigations included Workcover searches to identify hazardous materials that may have been used/stored at site, Council searches to identify previous land use, asbestos inspection of building structure and in-situ machinery, plus soil sampling and analysis.

2008 – SoEE Proposed Quarry

Booth Associates completed a SoEE on a property at Binya, as required by local council, to support an application for a proposed sandstone quarry.  This required project development including delineation of all proposed working areas, stockpiling, amenities and vehicular areas.  As the area of the proposed development had moderate landscape values it was necessary to undertake a detailed flora and fauna survey, plus traffic, noise, amenity and air quality impact assessments.  It was considered a range of threatened species were likely to utilise the site and accordingly the “7 Part Test” was required to be conducted for those species.  The SoEE contained all the information necessary to enable a development application to be lodged with the local council for the proposed land use.

2008 – Environment Audit

Booth Associates have undertaken an environmental audit for a large value adding agricultural industry in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA).  The team carried out a compliance audit and evaluated the various environmental systems that had been implemented to manage the risks associated with the industry.  Booth Associates identified ways to improve environmental performance and prepared detailed recommendations to achieve these outcomes.

2008 – AEMR – Food Processing Plan

The report identified standards and key performance indicators relevant to the development.  Booth Associates conducted soil, groundwater and wastewater monitoring and analysed trends in respect to key identified environmental risks.  As part of this project Booth Associates identified hydraulic, nutrient, organic and salt loading from the wastewater irrigation regime.  The environmental performance of the company was then evaluated based on the assessment of compliance, environmental risks and critical loadings with regard to existing environmental management systems.

2008 – Forbes Shire Council – Flora and Fauna Review

On behalf of a regional council, Booth Associates reviewed a Flora and Fauna Survey which supported a proposed quarry development.  Booth Associates undertook on-site targeted flora and fauna surveys, assessed habitat condition and identified a number of threatened species likely to be impacted by the proposal.  The final report included recommendations for the preparation of a Species Impact Assessment if development was to be further considered by the Land and Environment Court.  As well, this project involved an assessment of the planning requirements including recommendations for an Environmental Impact Assessment and the provision of expert evidence to the Land and Environment Court.

2008 – Site Assessment

Booth Associates conducted investigations at an agricultural machinery and repair business to determine the likelihood of the subject land to be contaminated or degraded as a result of current or previous land use activities at the site or carried out in the vicinity.  This was part of pre-purchase investigations (due diligence) for a client intending to relocate a major truck sales and repair business to the site.  The project involved Workcover and Council searches plus interviews to ascertain past land use history.  The presence of decommissioned underground storage tanks was discovered and sampling and analysis was undertaken by a contractor to determine levels of contamination.

2008 – Statement of Environmental Effects Review, Sand Quarry, Penrith

Booth Associates completed a review of a SoEE on behalf of a neighbouring vineyard being an application to extend period of consent to conduct sand quarrying operations.  Impacts from the proposed expanding area for quarry operations created the potential to affect neighbouring wine grape productivity.  Findings of the report included that certain levels of dust would migrate from the site during normal operations even if watering practices are implemented;  a study of aerial images provided no evidence that an adequate vegetation buffer existed along the quarry/vineyard boundary and further removal of vegetation would exacerbate the issue;  modification of the existing hydrological regime resulting from land use variation was not well considered particularly in regards to the existing groundwater mound;  no assessment made in relation to the potential for salt mobilisation and nutrient contamination resulting from the changes to land use;  no landform plan was provided for proposed flood levees and no assessment as to how the modified land formation would affect the likelihood of flooding events on neighbouring properties.