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CASE STUDY: VEMCO & The Sugarloaf Pipeline Project - Regional Victoria

Friday, June 26, 2009
The Client

In 2008, VEMCO contracted Plateau Tree Service to assist with Victorian Government’s Sugarloaf Pipeline project. This company required our services to meet their project deadlines for vegetation clearing. The project was located in the area that was devastated by the Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires.

The Solution

VEMCO are one of the largest companies in Australia providing comprehensive vegetation risk management. The company was contracted by the projects successful contractor, John Holland Group, to carry out the de-vegetation works required by Victorian Water for the Sugarloaf Project. This is a major pipeline connecting the Goulburn River system with Melbourne’s water supply. The initial projection date to deliver the pipeline carrying 75 billion litres of water to Melbourne was 2010.

Plateau Tree Service assisted with the land clearing and green waste processing for this major project. Potential impacts on flora, fauna, waterways, land use and other related issue had to be considered during the design of the corridor for the pipeline.

Plateau Tree Service completed the bulk of the processing works just prior to the Victorian bush fires.

Victorian Black Saturday Bushfires

Plateau had almost completed the processing works  at the time of Victorian bush fires.  Plateau Tree Service crews were working only a few kilometres from the areas that suffered massive devastation. All crews were evacuated safely from the area. Despite the fact that equipment was parked in an 80 metre wide clearing, a company owned Komatsu Excavator was destroyed. Luckily, other company equipment suffered only minor damage.

Post Fire Clean Up Project

Plateau Tree Service was mobilized on behalf of VEMCO and the Victorian Government to assist in the clean up and removal of hazardous trees and wood waste in the bush fire affected areas. This clean up produced enormous stockpiles of vegetation and wood waste which then needed to be processed. 
 
Work processing from the cleanup will continue to end August 2009. Plateau Tree Service has been contracted by VEMCO to return to Victoria to continue the processing works and the mulch that resulted from the processing will be utilised in the regeneration of fire ravished landscapes and municipal gardens. Plateau is proud to have been involved with the renewal of the bush fire damaged area.