Environmental Civil Services

Platypus provides services across the full life cycle of natural resource and river restoration program works. Combining our people capability and resource capacity we specialise in delivering a diverse range of high-quality environmental services.

Our dedicated staff are highly skilled and experienced providing exceptional outcomes. We have extensive experience in land management within sensitive natural areas including threatened species habitats. Our tools and equipment are of the highest quality equipped with the latest technology and safety features.

See our tool, plant and equipment resources here

Waterway Maintenance

  • Excavation and reestablishment works along waterways, wetlands, culverts, in-stream/online assets, sediment ponds and drains 
  • Public safety management 
  • Pre-grooming to establish access and sediment load  
  • Rock laying for erosion control 
  • Access track establishment 
  • Floating boom installation
  • De-watering 
  • Silt excavation (desilting)
  • Grooming
  • Moving silt utilizing tip truck or loader 
  • Deceased livestock removal 
  • Bridge and culvert debris blockage removal in emergency situations 
  • Dumped rubbish removal 
  • Flood gate maintenance
  • Flood debris collection/removal 
  • Woody weed spraying  
  • Removal of large timber and trees from waterways 
  • Temporary stockpiling
  • Dedicated Asbestos removal supervisor
  • Sediment/silt testing, classification and analysis
  • Safe transport procedures
  • Emergency response works  
  • Disposal of material with EPA registered trucks
  • Permit applications
  • Specialised equipment
  • Minimisation of environmental impacts

Tree Management

  • Tree condition assessments (QTRA model)
  • Report writing and recommendations
  • Use of drones for inspections and project progression
  • Report writing for trees around electric assets
  • Tree felling - mechanical and manual
  • Tree felling in bushland, remote settings and urban areas
  • Tree removal
  • Chipping and grinding of trees
  • Reuse of chipped material
  • Pruning and felling of trees, including around electric assets
  • Ability to climb and directional fall trees away from power lines 
  • Climbing with standardised and approved ropes and harnesses 
  • Habit pruning around obstacles
  • Spotters and traffic control
  • Qualified Level 3 and 4 Arborists with ISA’s Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ) 
  • Cross-cut and felling chainsaw certifications 
  • Location determination and creation of nesting hollows
  • Stem injection and chemical treatment 
  • Skilled ecologically sensitive operators 
  • Risk assessments
  • Works and access in wet areas, uneven ground, steep slopes
  • Storm recovery works

Large Woody Weed Removal

  • Specialisation in large scale willow removal and treatment
  • Sensitive in-stream removal and treatment of willows 
  • Guided felling of woody weeds with excavator grab attachment 
  • Chipping and grinding of whole trees
  • In-situ tree removal 
  • Access across difficult sites and terrain
  • Stump grinding 
  • Grooming and clearing of large areas of vegetation (including Typha, Melaleuca, Phragmites, gorse, boxthorn, blackberry and broom)
  • Grooming of woody weeds up to 6m tall, 25cm diameter 
  • Debris booms and nets to prevent re-establishment 
  • Servicing ecologically sensitive wetlands
  • Drain clearing in challenging conditions 
  • Safe transport of plant equipment and materials
  • Risk assessments and safety procedures 
  • Safety and wildlife spotters 
  • Working on slopes and difficult to access terrain 
  • Public safety and traffic management 

Civil Construction & Assets

  • Laying of culverts and headwalls
  • Drainage channel excavation
  • Gravel footpath, access tracks and car park construction
  • Engineered grade control structure construction
  • Fish ladder construction 
  • Asset inspection and condition assessment
  • Blockage reporting
  • Litter and debris removal in assets
  • Storm and flood event inspections
  • Use of drones for inspections
  • Remediation of wetland flows
  • Inlet and outlet valve monitoring
  • Gauging station maintenance

Fencing

  • Farm fencing –
    • manual and mechanical clearing of vegetation
    • fence design in negotiation with client and landholder
    • supply of materials
    • fence repair
    • fence installation involving tractor/manual post driving, wire straining and gate installation
  • Wetland bird netting construction and installation
  • Bollard/bollard, chain/bollard, rail/post and rail construction
  • Palisade fencing and shared boundary paling fencing
  • Gates – installation of farm gates, pedestrian access, security catchment gates
  • Physical barrier installation
  • Site security including temporary fencing
  • Vermin proof fencing – rabbit, kangaroo and deer exclusion fencing
  • GPS mapping of fence lines
  • Use of approved local and social procurement list for fencing materials
  • Emergency response repairs