The Enviroplan Levy is funded by ratepayers of Ipswich. Council uses the funds to implement the Ipswich Enviroplan Program and its associated projects and initiatives that protect and maintain vital ecosystems and natural environmental values.
The levy provides funding for a range of initiatives, programs and projects that protect and maintain vital ecosystems and natural environmental values, including:
- Purchasing and protecting significant nature conservation land
- Engaging and supporting the community
- Building our understanding through research, planning and management activities
- Delivering on-ground environmental projects and programs within conservation estates and reserves.
The levy assists in the delivery of the strategy’s actions through a range of activities that protect and maintain vital ecosystems and natural environmental values.
The Ipswich Enviroplan Program is guided by the Ipswich Nature Conservation Strategy 2015 (PDF, 2.2 MB), which provides direction for decision-making, prioritisation and implementation actions.
Ipswich City Council has adopted the Ipswich Enviroplan Policy (PDF, 255.7 KB), which informs the allocation of revenue generated from the levy and outlines the management of funding through Enviroplan.
As of February 2021, the Enviroplan Levy has funded the purchase of 75 land parcels comprising a total of 5942ha which has been set aside for nature conservation. Over a 23 year period, more than $11.9M of Enviroplan funds has been invested in purchasing land.
Annual Progress Report
The Ipswich Enviroplan Annual Progress Report showcases the achievements for each financial year
Highlights from the 2019/2020 financial year
- $13,000 in grants provided to community based environment projects
- $26,000 to rehabilitate Brush-tailed Rock Wallaby habitat, implement feral pig control and undertake monitoring
- $50,000 to undertake pest animal control within the Natural Area Estate
- $106,000 in land management payment to support voluntary conservation agreement landholders
- $134,000 to undertake inspection and maintenance within the Natural Area Estate
- $177,000 fuel reduction activities in the Natural Area Estate
Highlights 2020/21 Budget
- $30,000 to deliver on-ground habitat works in priority koala conservation areas
- $110,000 to undertake measuring of how well ecosystems are functioning in the Natural Area Estate
- $110,000 in grants to assist voluntary conservation agreement landholders with projects such as ecological restoration, pest plant and animal removal and waterway stabilisation
- $115,000 committed to land management payments supporting voluntary conservation agreement landholders
- $300,000 to undertake fuel reduction burns in the Natural Area Estate
- $335,000 to construct fuel reduced areas in priority sites within the Natural Area Estate