The Ipswich Enviroplan is an initiative of Ipswich City Council. The Program aims to promote important environmental issues and provide innovative and effective programs for the safe keeping and management of this City's natural resources.
Ipswich contains one of the most diverse ranges of natural vegetation types in south-east Queensland, including rainforest, dry vine forest, soft wood forest, open forests, woodlands, heathlands, wetlands and grasslands. These communities in turn support an equally diverse range of wildlife.
On average, about one quarter of the pre-European bushland remains in south-east Queensland, with the other three quarters cleared for agriculture, pasture and urban development.
There are over 2,000 recorded species of native plants and animals in Ipswich, including numerous rare and threatened species.
The Ipswich Enviroplan will ensure that Ipswich residents and visitors will continue to enjoy a Greener Quality Lifestyle for many years to come.
The Ipswich Enviroplan is delivered through four major programs containing numerous individual components. These components are all interwoven which enables Council to deliver best practice natural resource management on both public and private land.
A voluntary acquisition program has been established which allows Council to purchase critical areas of land that have:
This is a formal agreement between a landowner and Council that ensures the protection and management of high conservation areas on private property. Three types of agreement exist to suit the requirements of individual landholders and their properties.
Through these agreements Council provides direct financial grants, educational material and technical support for conservation management within each agreement area. The level and type of support is negotiated on a case by case basis.
The sustainable management of public and private land is critical to the future of the natural resources within Ipswich City. This program funds management and maintenance of Council's Conservation Estates and Bushland Reserves.
In recognition of this need for a partnership approach to private land management the Ipswich Enviroplan offers direct support through a range of initiatives including the Environmental Weed Control Rebate and Free Plant Program.
The Enviroplan ensures that the significant natural resources of the public estate are sustainably managed and secured for the future.
The Enviroplan provides for the development and enhancement of recently purchased and existing conservation areas, ensuring public access and facilities for nature based recreation.
One of the key issues in the conservation of Ipswich's natural areas, is the promotion of the significance of these natural areas and how best to manage them and the diversity they support.
An annual program of free seminars and expos funded through Enviroplan provides education and information regarding major urban and rural land management issues.
A range of brochures, booklets, fact sheets and posters have been produced promoting Enviroplan initiatives, activities and nature based recreation facilities. These publications are distributed free of charge.
All Enviroplan activities and initiatives are funded by the Enviroplan Levy.
For more information on any of the above please contact Council on (07) 3810 6666.