Major relocation of Brachychitons for Origin Energy
Ace of Spades recently undertook this major relocation work for Origin Energy at its Roma region holdings.
Works were carried in March 2008 to relocate the following 9 trees (brachychiton rupetris - narrow leaved Queensland Bottle tree) to preserve them when works at a new gas head were undertaken. Origin Energy, being Australia's greenest energy company opted to conserve rather than take the easy option of bull-dozing them.
Careful planning, organisation and preparation work was carried out over several months leading up to the relocation work. Glen Star, Origin's Senior Environmental Advisor was in charge of this project from its inception. Preparation work included consultation and scoping of the site, followed by ongoing liaison between Origin and Ace of Spades.
Origin Energy saw this as an opportunity to save these unique Australian native trees. The opening of the Strath Plain gas plant was the result of a major effort by Origin Energy and it was fitting to have as a reminder these rescued Queensland Bottle trees as a long term statement of their commitment to the Spring Gully gas field environment.
The project shows Origins' dedication to the environment as a whole and to the conservation of endangered plant species within the ongoing operations of their gas fields. This keeps them in line with their long standing environmental land conservation programs.
With the planning stages finalised it was time to roll our sleeves up and make this relocation come to reality. With a number of false starts due to unseasonal rains, work got under way with the arrival of Origins' team and Ace of Spades together with a number of skilled operators from East Coast Pipeline and Roma Cranes.
The trees were initially root pruned, excavated and prepared for lifting onto semi trailers for transport to the new Strath Plains gas plant.
The first four trees were selected for their shape size and overall form, these were carefully positioned into prepared locations as a grand gateway to the Strath Plain gas plant. The next two trees were strategically located to a wet-land area adjacent to the Spring Gully offices where they will enhance this area for many years to come. Origin Energy's close relationship with their leaseholders was an important factor leading up to this major conservation project, hence Origins' offer to relocate the final three trees to the leaseholder property as a way of saying thank-you for their ongoing co-operation and participation.
Ace of Spades is grateful for the expertise of the East Coast Pipeline crew, Roma Cranes operators and the Origin Energy team. A major relocation such as this can only be successful through the co-operation and co-ordination of a skilled and experienced crew.
Ace of Spades is proud to have played a major role in this environmental relocation work and hopes you enjoy the following images - the dingo was an interested onlooker.
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Roma relocation of Queensland Bottle Trees
Location: Roma Queensland