Bush Regenerator of Sydney

Ecohort has 15 senior staff who have completed formal horticultural and/or environmental and bush regeneration training, as well as experience in managing a wide range of bush regeneration, re-vegetation and seed collection projects in the greater Sydney region. A number of additional staff work on a part-time basis, and we are able to increase staffing levels quite rapidly by liaising with our extensive network of industry contacts in response to demand.

Key staff profiles…

 

Edgar Freimanis

Edgar is the Director of Ecohort Pty Ltd. He is also the Ecohort quality representative and environmental representative. Edgar has worked in the bush regeneration field since 1989. This work started in the Lithgow area as a part of his University degree. During these studies Edgar also worked as a bush regenerator on River-flat Forest on NSW Agriculture lands in Camden. He worked as a bush regenerator for Urban Bushland Management from 1992-1993. Four years were spent with Greening Australia undertaking bushland regeneration and re-vegetation supervision, management and extension throughout the western Sydney region between1992-1996. In 1996, Edgar was a tutor for the Bush Regeneration Certificate course, and Plant Propagation elective, at Ryde TAFE. Since 1994, Edgar has been operating Ecohort Pty Ltd, a business which has completed numerous projects, primarily in western Sydney, in the following fields:

  • Flora and fauna surveys and bushland management plans/consultancy
  • Wholesale nursery – propagating tubes native to the Sydney Region, and
  • Bushland regeneration, seed collection, and re-vegetation contracting

Edgar has worked with numerous community groups, local, state and federal government agencies, construction firms, and development proponents, in the field of native vegetation assessment and restoration.

Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Horticulture), University of Western Sydney, Hawkesbury (1992)
  • Bush Regeneration Certificate, Padstow TAFE (1990)
  • Train the Trainer Certificate (1993)
  • Farm Chemical Users Trainer’s Course
  • Certificate III in Bushland Regeneration
  • Chainsaw Operations Level 1
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
Andrejs Lasmanis
Site Supervisor

Andrejs has over 20 years experience working in the landscaping industry, including hard and soft, domestic, and commercial landscape installation and maintenance, and 4 years experience as a bush regenerator. Some of the work Andrejs has undertaken during his 20 year landscaping career has included paving, rock-wall construction, track construction, and various types of small and large scale drainage works. Other projects he has been involved with have included planting 3,000 street trees for Liverpool City Council, supervision of the Olympic Corridor Greening Project along the Western Line between Auburn and Emu Plains, the construction of paths and rock armouring drainage work at Moore Reserve for Kogarah Council, and two sites for Hornsby Council. Andrejs is currently supervising bush regeneration jobs for Ecohort at Smalls Creek and Mt Riverview for Sydney Water; Mamre house for Greening Australia; Annangrove Park for Delfin Lend Lease; and at Nangarin Estate at Picton.

Qualifications:
  • Certificate of Horticulture, Ryde TAFE (1984)
  • Bush Regeneration Certificate II, Ryde TAFE
  • Chainsaw Operations Level 2, Richmond TAFE (2007)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
Alex McCarthy
Site Supervisor

Alex has been working as a bush regenerator since 2001. Since the beginning of 2005, Alex has been supervising a number of bush regeneration and weed control jobs undertaken by Ecohort for Wollongong City Council and Landcom in the Wollongong and Shellharbour areas. These include weed control at bushfire asset protection zones (APZ’s) at Woonona and Coalcliff.

Qualifications:
  • Graduate Diploma in Environmental Management, Charles Sturt University (2009)
  • Bachelor of Teaching (Primary), University of Wollongong (2002)
  • Certificate II Bushland Regeneration, Yallah TAFE (2000)
  • Bachelor of Science (Physical Geography), University of Wollongong (1999)
  • Associate Diploma in Engineering (Land Information Systems) Wollongong TAFE (1996)
  • Chainsaw Operations Level 1
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • ChemCert Accredited
Steve Norman
Site Supervisor

Steve has worked for Ecohort since early 2006 as a bush regenerator. Prior to working for Ecohort, Steve spent 8 years supervising work-for-the-dole teams undertaking a range of bush regeneration and outdoor construction activities in the Penrith area.

Qualifications:
  • Certificate in Occupational Studies Horticulture (1997)
  • Certificate II in Bushland Regeneration, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE (1998)
  • Chainsaw Operations level 1, Western Sydney Institute of TAFE (2007)
  • Senior First Aid Certificate
  • ChemCert Accredited

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