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Adapting to a new environment – Blog by Kerry Anderson

“SMALL FAMILY BUSINESS often ends with the retirement of the key partners; or they can continue as younger family members join in.  Sometime they can even evolve and grow if prepared to adapt to a new environment, and happily this seems to be the case of TMC enviro in Birchip.”

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BY KERRY ANDERSON – sharing positive stories of rural business and communities.

Daniel McLoughlan outside TMC Enviro's headquarters which has recently relocated into the old O'Connor site in Birchip.

TMC enviro welcomes new staff member

TMC enviro officially welcomes Melanie Wood to the TMC enviro team as our new HR Manager.

Melanie’s background is in Human Resources (HR), with over five years’ experience in HR and 10 years’ experience in payroll management.  With a professional history in generalist HR roles, Melanie has experience in all aspects of HR including; the development of policies and procedures, workplace health and safety, interpretation of Modern Awards and Enterprise Agreements, recruitment and induction, management and implementation of HR/Payroll systems, HR reporting and statistics, and all aspects of employee relations management.

VicRoads Roadside Vegetation Control

TMC enviro utes have been a familiar sight along the Calder Freeway and throughout the Macedon Ranges over the last few months, while roadside weed control for VicRoads have been undertaken. The treatment has included most of themain roads between Bendigo and Sunbury, with a high concentration of work conducted in the Kyneton, Woodend, Mount Macedon, and Riddles Creek areas.

Crews have been focusing on weeds such as St Johns Wort, Patersons Curse, Cape Broom, English Broom, Gorse, Blackberry and more.

Areas treated have included areas of High Conservation Significance, with crews employing a mixed methodology to protect significant native vegetation.

Devil’s Rope cactus Trial Site

TMC enviro are currently developing a management plan for a trail site near Ouyen, in northern Victoria. The 1ha site is heavily infested with Devils Rope, an invasive cactus species which can grow to 3m tall.

The existing infestation, which measures up to approximately 3m high in some patches, has been spreading into surrounding vegetation, despite efforts to control existing plants and new infestations over the past few years.

TMC enviro are currently proposing a holistic approach to the control of Devils Rope in the form of using ground staff to lop limbs off using pole-saws and feeding the limbs into a high speed chipper. Upmost care will be taken by ground staff to pick up any fragments to prevent further spread of the cactus. A follow-up herbicide treatment will be undertaken to control any new growth.

Fox Baiting in Patchewollock State Forest

TMC enviro has recently completed a month-long 1080 baiting program with DELWP to control fox populations within the Patchewollock State Forest. The project was aimed at reducing impacts on native fauna, including the EPBC listed Malleefowl, which find critical habitat and breeding grounds in the Patchewollock State Forest.

2015 Rabbit Control

TMC enviro’s 2015 warren ripping season is well and truly underway, with works rolling out in the Wimmera and Mallee region for Landcare Groups, private landholders, and Government Authorities. Contact us on 5492 2222 if you would like more information, or to be a part of the rabbit control program for 2015.

Fox control in Almond Farms

TMC enviro completed a landscape scale fox control program for OLAM and Select Harvests. The program involved 1080 baiting across 29,320ha around the Robinvale area, and aimed to reduce impacts on irrigation systems.

It was estimated that upwards of 750 foxes were destroyed as part of the highly successful program.

Weed Mapping and Control in the Bendigo region

GIS mapping of priority weeds was undertaken for City of Greater Bendigo. TMC enviro staff members located weeds such as Chilean Needle Grass, Prickly Pear, Boxthorn and African Lovegrass along road reserves in the Bendigo region.

Priority weeds such as Horehound, African Lovegrass, Blackberry, Spiny Rush, Gorse, and Sweet Briar were also treated in target areas.