Black Jack Creek Restoration Project

Black Jack Creek Tree
Black Jack Creek Tree

Client: Constructive Solutions

Area: Gunnedah

Approval Type: Part 5 Assessment EP&A Act

Years: 2011-2012

The project involved the realignment of Black Jack Creek in Gunnedah for flood protection to nearby houses.

This project highlighted the constraints of development within Koala habitat in an urban environment. The project involved the realignment of Black Jack Creek in Gunnedah for flood protection to nearby houses and was assessed under Part 5 Assessment EP&A Act.

The project site was identified as being within Core Koala Habitat.

The plight of the Koala is very topical. Thus OzArk recommended several alternatives to the proposal in an effort to avoid Koala Habitat and a known ‘Important Population’ of Koalas.

Black Jack Creek
Black Jack Creek

As impact could not be avoided, the project was referred to the DoE. They determined the Proposal to be a ‘Controlled Action’. OzArk then worked with the client to develop suitable EPBC Offsets using the newly developed EPBC Act Offset Calculator.