Habitat Connections is a strategic creek rehabilitation program designed to beautify and restore degraded urban waterway corridors throughout Ipswich. This is being achieved through corridor tree planting, coupled with an ongoing maintenance program to ensure long lasting waterway improvements.
The program has been designed to provide the community with dedicated locations to take part in tree planting activities that will help improve the water quality of our waterways and habitat for local native fauna while forging strong community partnerships.
Members of the community can get actively involved at one of our tree planting events. Every tree will help make a difference to improving and preserving the health of our waterways. Visit Council’s news and events page to see any upcoming planting events or register your interest via Council's Volunteer Portal.
Council have selected a number of tree planting sites to both enhance environmental outcomes of the area and offer the community and corporate groups new nature-based recreation opportunities. Special sites within these creek catchments have been selected that are suitable for community planting, including:
Native vegetation along banks plays a very important role in:
The land that adjoins, or directly influences a body of water is also known as riparian land and includes:
The vegetation that grows in this area is called Riparian Vegetation and is also known as a Riparian Corridor. These vegetated corridors act as the 'skin' that provides protection to a waterway, acting as a buffer between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems and maintaining the health and viability of the waterway, by:
Riparian corridors are also an important socio-economic asset, providing an integral link between suburbs, supporting people movement, offering recreational opportunities and improving the visual amenity of the surrounding area.
Below are some helpful guides and links to improve waterways and riparian vegetation:
River Landscapes - restoring rivers and riparian lands
The following series of Landholder Booklets is also available, to obtain a copy please contact Council on (07) 3810 6550: