Environmental restoration in the Southern Midlands
Southern Midlands Council engaged Pakana Services from July to September 2014 to undertake environmental restoration works at five sites in Tasmania’s Southern Midlands and Derwent Valley. Specifically, pakana services undertook the planting of approximately 7000 native tree seedlings, inclusive of mulch mats and tree guards for each.
The pakana services work crews were punctual, hard working and always delivered to our expectations. Each seedling was planted neatly, with care, and in a manner that maximised the survival of the seedling.
The pakana team members appeared to appreciate the opportunity to work on restoration of ‘country’ and maintained a positive attitude and good productivity even when conditions were challenging.
We appreciated good lines of communication with pakana services management, team leaders and crew, and were always kept well informed of work programs and progress and any issues that required attention.
If the opportunity arose, we would not hesitate to engage pakana services again as we found them to be a competent outfit intent on delivering a good outcome.
- Graham Green, Project Manager – Bushlinks 500 Project
North Bruny Biodiversity Fund Project
The understorey Network has engaged pakana services to do a range of on-ground environmental works including tree planting, weed control and nursery work. On all occasions the work has been undertaken professionally to a very high standard with great attention to detail.
Importantly the contractors have communicated well to raise any issues and to check that the work being carried out is as it should be. This also includes reporting back at the end of a job. I would not hesitate in recommending pakana services to anyone wishing to: engage an environmental or land management contractor.
- Oliver strutt, Understorey Network Coordinator
Help for conservation landowner battling gorse
Since recognising the major problem I had inherited with gorse some 12 years ago when I bought this property, I have been chipping away at it consistently and persistently, making modest and steady progress in dealing with this scourge.
My modest efforts, however, were dwarfed and eclipsed by the terrific progress made by the pakana team funded by a Landcare Grant I received last year. In three days their team of four managed to clear almost as much as I had on my own in the last 12 years!
Having done battle with the “enemy” myself, I have nothing but praise for, and am in awe of, their efforts and even if I’m unsuccessful in another grant round I’ll engage them again next year to continue the work.”
- Graham McLean, Landcare Biodiversity Grant recipient, Base Camp Tasmania, Glenfern
Making a difference
pakana services really is an idea whose time has come.
It’s been able to give Aboriginal people, who have maybe struggled to find work in the past, a chance to earn a living while learning new skills and working for a business that understands and cares about their situation. For many of them, finding work with pakana has made a real difference to their lives.
- Rodney Dillon, chair of pakana services and former Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Commissioner
Heathy Hills and Jordan River Nature Reserves
Threatened Plants Tasmania (Wildcare Inc) has employed pakana during 2015 for some very gnarly weed control work on two reserves, both containing threatened flora species. They have worked very successfully in consultation with the land managers, and have done both a sensitive and very thorough job in removing the specified weed species, while leaving threatened species and other native vegetation in very good order. They have also worked very effectively to our required timing, and we have been really impressed with their attention to WHS issues. Thank you pakana, and we hope we can work with you again!
- Viv Muller, Threatened Plants Tasmania (Wildcare Inc)