A plan was devised – one that drew on the expertise of local ecologists, as well as transparent and regular communication with all project stakeholders. Ecologists completed daily inspections to monitor compliance with license conditions, airport staff were kept up to date with project changes, site workers were thoroughly educated on the endangered species and relevant protocols, and non-invasive fencing was installed.
Working around this flower was a critical part of our job and the sustainable project outcome we handed over to PolAir and Bankstown Airport. It was absolutely non-negotiable – just as it should be. Because of our careful management at Bankstown Airport, we were able to ensure we left the place we entered in better shape, without damaging anything that existed before our visit.
Protecting biodiversity in construction is a privilege – no matter the flora or fauna, it’s our job to ensure that our work complements the environment rather than threatening it. As biodiversity standards rise, we turn our focus to the identification of ecologically sustainable initiatives across the organisation.
In the end, the PolAir project achieved a Five-Star NABERS rating and Four Star Green Star Rating. It is the first of the Master Development Plan for the Bankstown Airport with other major developments to be completed over the next five to 10 years – notably, with tiny, yellow native flowers still in bloom.
As champions of environmental protections, Taylor will continue to provide expertise and advice in the conservation of endangered species, ecologically fragile environments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage sites. We know that, for a shared sustainable future, Biodiversity Matters.
Ben Folkard is a respected industry leader, responsible for Taylor’s Refurbishment and Live Environments division. Over the past 15 years, Ben has successfully delivered a host of complex projects in live environments – ranging from zoos and equine environments to airports, schools, correctional centres, health and aged care facilities, and sports precincts.