Ipswich City Council
Habitat Connections Program to boost bushland reserves
19 June 2012
URBAN bushland rehabilitation projects are set to be undertaken in partnership with community and corporate groups through a new program being launched by Ipswich City Council next month.
Environment and Conservation Committee Chairperson Councillor Heather Morrow said the Habitat Connections Program would involve the restoration and reconnection of degraded urban bushland corridors within a structured and sustainable long-term rehabilitation works program.
"A holistic approach will be adopted, incorporating environmental, social and nature-based recreation aspects," Cr Morrow said.
"The focus will be on waterway reserves and adjacent open spaces, to create inviting natural areas for walkers and cyclists."
Cr Morrow said opportunities for the community to get involved was what really set the Habitat Connections Program apart from other initiatives.
"The program will provide community members with access to sites for environmental restoration activities and provide a platform for increased community engagement in planned events such as National Tree Day and Clean Up Australia Day.
"It also aims to increase community ownership and connections through corporate and community partnerships such as corporate volunteering days."
Rehabilitation efforts in selected sites will concentrate on building ecosystem resilience through addressing issues such as storm water erosion and related issues of siltation and water quality.
Other issues to be tackled include weed infestation and general rubbish and waste.
Work will be undertaken on three sites in the 2012-13 financial year: