Written on the 7 October 2009
Environmental impact management is now integral to the success of small business as Gold Coast companies lead Australia’s global charge for sustainability.
Mark Bibby is the managing director of this month’s Business Excellence Award winner Gecko Regen in the environmental management category. Bibby tells GCBN how Gecko Regen is working away on local projects to ensure Queensland and eventually the world, maintains its natural beauty.
What does your business do exactly?
What major projects are you working on?
Ecological restoration of a 16ha creek buffer which runs through the middle of a large housing development at Pacific Pines; propagation trials and cultivation of the Richmond Birdwing Butterfly Vine Pararistolochia praevenosa.
Revegetation and rehabilitation of Gold Coast City Council landfill facilities; dune restoration projects at Rainbow Bay, Currumbin, Palm Beach, Mermaid, Surfers Paradise and The Spit.
Seed collection and propagation for wildlife corridors at the new Wyaralong Dam in Scenic Rim Shire; mangrove and saltmarsh restoration associated with drainage works at a sand mining facility at Woongoolba.
We are closely monitoring developments in the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme to assess possible business opportunities if they arise.
Any opportunities in this area will increase the above forecasts.
What about export?
We have looked at potential export markets in the Asia/Pacific and the Middle East for our restoration planning and consultancy division. We will continue to explore the possibilities through our involvement with Enviroindustry Gold Coast and Austrade.
Luckily for us, one of our goals from 2004 was to diversify our income streams. We achieved this goal in 2006 and since then we have maintained a favourable spread of clients and project partners across government, private and non-government sectors.