As part of council’s Enviroplan initiative there are a number of partnerships available between landholders and council. These partnerships encourage and assist Ipswich’s landholders to manage, enhance and protect ecosystems in order to conserve flora and fauna on their properties.

Objectives

  • Foster stewardship and environmental advocacyRosewood Sentinel by L Hepburn
  • Facilitate on-ground conservation outcomes and provide a reliable platform for conservation on private land
  • Support and up-skill private landholders through education, resources and knowledge-sharing
  • Actively engage with landholders in strategic priority areas as defined by the Nature Conservation Strategy and Waterway Health Strategy
  • Engage with council and community stakeholders to achieve broad environmental outcomes

How to apply

Please note: Some partnership types have been on hold to new members during a program review process.

  • Land For Wildlife continues to accept new members
  • New applications for Habitat Gardens will open October 2020
  • New applications for other partnerships will open July 2021

Contact the Program Officers (Natural Environment) for more information on (07) 3810 6666 or email at partnerships@ipswich.qld.gov.au.

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Partnership program types

Landholder Conservation Partnership Program signs

Habitat Gardens

This is an urban partnership designed to help people with smaller blocks to still make a positive contribution to Ipswich’s environmental outcomes. New memberships for this program open October 2020.

Eligibility criteria

Properties can be any size and in any Planning Scheme or Nature Conservation zone. However properties that are in Habitat Gardens are ineligible for other partnerships.

Requirements

  • Intent to remove all environmental weeds and replace with native species
  • Participation in neighbourhood meetings, workshops or online forum
  • Intent improve sustainable practices
  • 5 year commitment with the option to renew
  • Submission of report every 5 years

Incentives

  • Electronic quarterly updates
  • Workshops
  • Hosting neighbourhood meetings
  • Resources
  • Access to a closed communication group through Shape Your Ipswich
  • 20 free plants per year

Land for Wildlife

Land for Wildlife is an established program supported by many councils that helps private landholders who voluntarily provide and enhance habitat for native wildlife on their properties. It provides recognition for landholders committed to conserving the environment, even though the property may be managed primarily for other purposes, e.g. grazing.

There are two types of Land For Wildlife partnership – Full Registration and Working Towards. Both come with the same eligibility criteria, requirements and incentives.

Eligibility criteria

Properties have to provide an agreement area of more than 1 hectare to participate. However properties can be within any Planning Scheme or Nature Conservation zone. Properties are evaluated for vegetation values and condition. Council partners with landowners who have an existing commitment to protecting intact vegetation, and can demonstrate a future management intent.

Requirements

  • Development of a Project Management Plan with council program officer, reviewed every five (5) years
  • Submission of an annual report for incentives

Incentives

  • Free plants as per Property Management Plan
  • Land for Wildlife regional newsletter and electronic monthly update
  • 3-4 workshops per year
  • Site visits from council program officer every 1-2 years

Biodiversity Conservation Agreement

The Biodiversity Conservation Agreement is suited for landowners with a commitment to a high level of protection through the Ipswich Planning Scheme zones for intact vegetation. New applications for this program open July 2021.

Eligibility criteria

Properties need to provide an agreement area more than 1 hectare to participate and will be assessed for their vegetation values and condition.  Council partners with landowners who have an existing commitment to protecting intact vegetation, and can demonstrate a future management intent.

Properties must also be within specified zones:

  • Planning Scheme - Rural E (Special Land Management), Rural D (Conservation) or have intent to change to one of these zones
  • Nature Conservation Strategy Zone – Priority Areas for Conservation and Rehabilitation, Regional Corridors or Priority Local Corridors

Requirements

  • Development of a Project Management Plan with council program officer, reviewed every five (5) year
  • Submission of an annual report for incentives

Incentives

  • Nature Conservation Grant: Annual eligibility for up to $8000. Requires application process with acquittal report
  • Free plants as per Property Management Plan
  • 3-4 workshops per year
  • Site visits from council program officer every 1-2 years

Corridor Conservation Agreement

The Corridor Conservation Agreement is suited for landowners with a commitment restoring fragmented landscapes or waterway corridors. New applications for this program open July 2021.

Eligibility criteria

Any size property can participate, but will be assessed for environmental values and condition.  Council partners with landowners who have an existing commitment to protecting intact vegetation, and can demonstrate a future management intent.

Properties can be within any Planning Scheme Zone, but must be within one of the Nature Conservation Strategy Zones – Priority Areas for Conservation and Rehabilitation, Regional Corridors or Priority Local Corridors.

Requirements

  • Development of a Project Management Plan with council program officer, reviewed every five (5) years
  • Submission of an annual report for incentives

Incentives

  • Nature Conservation Grant: Annual eligibility for up to $8000. Requires application process with acquittal report
  • Free plants as per Property Management Plan
  • 3-4 workshops per year
  • Site visits from council program officer every 1-2 years

Voluntary Conservation Covenant

The Conservation Covenant is a permanent protection mechanism through the Land Titles Act in perpetuity for intact vegetation.

Eligibility criteria

The area covered by the agreement must be greater than 1ha. Properties will be assessed for their vegetation and/or waterway values and condition. Council partners with landowners who have an existing commitment to protecting intact vegetation, and can demonstrate a future management intent.

Properties must also be within specified zones:

  • Planning Scheme - Rural E (Special Land Management, Rural D (Conservation) or intent to change to these zones
  • Nature Conservation Strategy Zone – Priority Areas for Conservation and Rehabilitation, Regional Corridors or Priority Local Corridors

Requirements

  • Development of a Project Management Plan with council program officer

Incentives

  • Nature Conservation Grant - Annual eligibility for up to $8000. Requires application process with acquittal report
  • Free plants as per Property Management Plan
  • Land management payment $/ha – Annual eligibility, must go towards actions stated in Property Management Plan, requires acquittal report

Former Landholder Partnerships types

Landowners on these partnerships will be transitioned to new programs.

Nature Conservation Agreements

This agreement offers the highest level of support for the land owner. The Nature Conservation Agreement is available to land owners committed to conserving the environment with properties situated in a designated conservation zone with large areas of high ecological value. If properties are not within this zone, landowners are given the option to voluntarily change the zone. This agreement is ideally suited to properties of 10,000 m2 (1 ha) and above.

Bushland Conservation Agreement

This agreement is for properties within the Rural E (Special Land Management) Zone. Options exist for the landholder to change their existing zone to suit the eligibility of this agreement. The agreement offers a lower level of land management payment and caters for properties with medium ecological values existing on the property. The Bushland Conservation Agreement is ideally suited to properties of 10,000 m2 (1 ha) and above.

Waterways Conservation Agreement

The Waterways Conservation Agreement is suitable for properties situated in a strategic linkage on waterways identified by Council's Nature Conservation Strategy and waterway-mapping layers. This agreement is suitable for any property size within an adjoining waterway.

Koala Conservation Agreement

This agreement offers specialised support for koalas within Ipswich. The Koala Conservation Agreement is available to landholders whose property has habitat suitable for koalas or has potential to restore habitat to support iconic species (specifically koalas). These habitat values can be identified through SPP Koala Habitat Mapping as well as the Ipswich Nature Conservation Strategy 2015. The integration of conservation with other land use types such as grazing is an important outcome of this agreement, there is an emphasis on exclusion zones for the purpose of habitat rehabilitation and species protection. This agreement is ideally suited to properties of 10,000 m2 (1 ha) and above.