Ipswich has one of the most diverse ranges of natural vegetation types in South East Queensland, being home to a large number of native flora and fauna and over 2,000 recorded species of native plants and animals. The Ipswich Enviroplan Program supports the identification, protection and maintenance of vital ecosystems and natural environmental values.

Enviroplan Program

Ever since the seeds of Ipswich Enviroplan were planted by council in 1996, the community and environment have been reaping the rewards. Ipswich Enviroplan is a clear recognition that identifying, protecting and maintaining the health of vital ecosystems and natural environmental values is a priority in creating a sustainable and liveable community.

Conservation planning

Enviroplan supports the delivery of citywide landscape planning, management and research activities which can include ecological studies, mapping and ecosystem recovery development.

Land acquisition

Strategic properties are considered for voluntary acquisition based on criteria such as protection of significant species, habitats or landscapes, consolidation within council’s conservation estates, enhancing water quality and catchments and supporting nature-based recreation.

Estate management

Council’s investment in managing and improving our natural area estates spans a wide range of actions, from building and maintaining service tracks and recreational trails, habitat restoration works, installing and maintaining environmental education signage and facilities, visitor management and preserving aboriginal cultural heritage.

Community partnerships

Enviroplan funds assist with delivery of a range of community on-ground and education activities, including voluntary conservation agreements with private landowners, community grants and events, nature conservation education resources and access to technical assistance.

Ipswich Enviroplan Booklet

Enviroplan Levy

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.

Guiding documents

  • 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, which provides direction for decision-making, prioritisation and implementation actions:
  • Ipswich City Council has adopted the Ipswich Enviroplan Policy, which informs the allocation of revenue generated from the levy and outlines the management of funding through Enviroplan:

Highlights 2018/19

  • $30,000 to deliver on-ground pest plant removal in priority koala conservation areas
  • $100,000 in grants to assist voluntary conservation agreement landholders with projects such as ecological restoration, pest plant and animal removal and waterway stabilisation
  • $103,000 to monitor and control pest animals within conservation estates
  • $113,000 committed to land management payments supporting voluntary conservation agreement landholders
  • $210,000 to reduce forest fuel and pest plants within conservation estates
  • $255,000 for installing or upgrading signs, walking trails and service tracks and erosion control across eleven conservation estate sites

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