As part of Council’s Enviroplan initiative, there are a number of partnerships available between land owners and Council that supports landholders in caring for our environment.

Ipswich City Council's Conservation Partnerships Team would like to advise of some upcoming changes and announcements in regards to the Partnerships Program.

With the need to consistently improve services, the Partnerships team will be dedicating considerable time to undertaking a full review of the Partnerships Program between August 2019 and February 2020.  During this time, the availability of the Partnership Officers for site visits and advice may be reduced to allow them time to focus on the review process.

New registrations for Voluntary Conservation Agreements and the Habitat Gardens Partnerships will be put on hold until the review is completed in February 2020.  Landholders can be put on a mailing list and can get involved in the review process if they wish.  Program Officers can respond via phone call or email and can post resources to the landholders, however inspections will occur in February.

If you are an existing partner and would like to be involved with the review, Council will be facilitating landholder workshops to ensure landholder ideas and thoughts are captured in the review.  Program Officers (Natural Environment) can be contacted for more information on (07) 3810 6666 or email at partnerships@ipswich.qld.gov.au

Watch this space for new programs coming soon!

We thank you for your patience during the review period.


Nature Conservation Agreements

Nature Conservation PartnershipThis 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.

Existing Voluntary Conservation Agreement partners will be supported with the Nature Conservation Grant Projects, however general property visits will be put on hold until the review is completed.

New Registrations for Nature Conservation Agreements will be postponed until the program review is completed in February 2020.


Bushland Conservation Agreement

Bushland Conservati PartnershipThis 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.

Existing Bushland Conservation Agreement partners will be supported with the Nature Conservation Grant Projects, however general property visits will be put on hold until the review is completed.

New Registrations for Bushland Conservation Agreements will be postponed until the program review is completed in February 2020.


Waterways Conservation Agreement

Waterways Conservation PartnershipThe 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.

Existing Waterways Conservation Agreement partners will be supported with the Nature Conservation Grant Projects, however general property visits will be put on hold until the review is completed.

New Registrations for Waterways Conservation Agreements will be postponed until the program review is completed in February 2020.


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.Koala Conservation Partnership

Existing Koala Conservation Agreement partners will be supported with the Nature Conservation Grant Projects, however general property visits will be put on hold until the review is completed.

New Registrations for Koala Conservation Agreements will be postponed until the program review is completed in February 2020.


Land for Wildlife

Land For Life LogoLand for Wildlife is a voluntary scheme that encourages and assists private landholders to provide habitat for wildlife on their property. It provides recognition for landholders committed to conserving the environment, even though the property may be managed primarily for other purposes, e.g. grazing.

If you wish to protect wildlife habitat on your property the Land for Wildlife scheme can offer you advice and on-ground assistance. Whether you manage a farm, bush block or small acreage, all you need is a hectare or more of native vegetation.

Existing Land for Wildlife partners will be supported with property concerns and property visits if deemed necessary.

New Registrations for Land for Wildlife will continue as per usual, there may be a delay with inspections as a result of limited time for Program Officers.


Habitat Gardens Partnership

Habitat Gardens PartnershipThe Habitat Gardens Partnership is for owners of properties under one hectare interested in providing habitat for native animals. This program is ideally suited to properties in an urbanised setting where our native flora and fauna is struggling to compete against increasing pressures from humans and introduced plants and animals. If you want to create a native garden with all the right food plants and nesting places for our native fauna then this is the program for you.

Exisitng Habitat Gardens partners will be supported with their free plants via the Council nursery.

New Registrations for Habitat Gardens Partnership will be put on hold until the program review is completed in February 2020.


More Information

  • Free Plant Program: the Free Plant Program is available for all residents. Up to 6 free plants are available per annum and plants can be obtained from Council’s nurseries.  More plants are available per year for residents on a landholder partnership agreement.
  • Educational material: a range of fact sheets, booklets and brochures are available covering a range of environmental and recreational topics. More information is available under Environmental Education.
  • Environmental volunteering: there are also a number of opportunities for environmental volunteering with Council and other organisations. Individual volunteer opportunities include the Queens Park Environmental Education Centre, Ipswich Nature Centre and community environmental events. View all of the volunteer opportunities. Organisational and corporate volunteering is also available through tree planting days. This can include weeding, planting and maintenance at a strategic location in the city to ensure maximum environmental benefits for the community, offering:
    • A great team building activity in a fun environment
    • Assisting in rehabilitating waterways, parks and nature reserves
    • Contributing to a greener, brighter and sustainable future for yourself and the people of Ipswich
    • Learning about sustainable living and helping the environment
    • A marketing opportunity to show the community how you are caring for our environment
    • Contributing to leading a healthy lifestyle
    • Develop a sense of achievement through helping the environment
    • Local natives will be planted to boost biodiversity
    • Offset your carbon footprint
    • Site preparation and trees for planting
    • Ongoing maintenance of your trees

For further assistance and information please contact Ipswich City Council on (07) 3810 6666.