Environmental offsets and restoration program

Brisbane City Council is currently undertaking planting and restoration works across Brisbane, and has already established several environmental offset sites.

In line with Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031, the Offsets and Restoration Program plays a vital role in helping Council achieve its goal of 40% natural habitat cover on mainland Brisbane by 2031. The selection of sites and carefully planned restoration activities, also help to ensure that Brisbane’s natural habitat cover is connected and healthy. Council is continually looking for new potential offset sites across the city, where land and habitat can be restored.

The offset restoration works balances the impacts on habitat as our city develops and are undertaken in accordance with requirements of the Queensland Environment Offsets Act (2014) (QEOA). The works may include:

  • planting native species that are consistent with the existing regional ecosystem
  • mulching for erosion control, soil moisture retention and weed suppression
  • placing coarse woody debris (including logs, old tree stumps and large branches) to provide immediate habitat and refuge for fauna. Coarse woody debris used within restoration sites is sourced from storm clean-ups or development sites, that would have otherwise been chipped or mulched
  • installing natural and/or artificial hollows, perches and nesting sites in existing trees, or on habitat poles, to provide a safe place for local wildlife
  • weed management and existing native vegetation maintenance.

Watch the video

Learn more about environmental offset restoration in this video. You can also view this video on Council's YouTube account.

Video transcript

This is a transcript of the environmental offset restoration video on Council's YouTube account.

This drone video for Brisbane environmental offsets outlines the positive work of Brisbane City Council and the Environmental Offsets Program, while showing areas that have had trees planted to assist with local wildlife.

Upbeat instrumental music begins and plays throughout, as the video opens with Council workers putting together tree guards and placing them around newly planted trees. The text explains that Brisbane City Council is restoring Brisbane’s bushland.

Drone footage flies over a large clearing in the middle of dense bushland where Council has commenced planting trees. A number of newly planted trees can be seen at the top of the clearing, while the rest of the clearing has more mature plants that have been planted and grown, with logs deposited at intervals around the clearing for native animal homes. The text explains that environmental offsets balance impacts on habitat as our city develops.

The video shows a close up of a Sickle-leaved Wattle, slowly waving in gentle sunlight. The camera moves from the tip of the branch, along to the left. The text states native species are planted and sites maintained for five years.

The drone then flies down closer to the clearing seen previously in the video, showing a closer view of the mature plants and the new saplings in the bright sunlight. The text at the bottom of the screen says that logs provide homes for insects and reptiles.

The video then shows a number Squirrel Gliders in a nesting box, curled up together with gum tree leaves lining the bottom of the box. The text reads nesting boxes house native birds and wildlife.

The last section of the video shows a text box over drone footage, which is rising over the tops of trees on the edge of bushland. The text box reads ‘Keeping Brisbane clean, green and sustainable’ with an internet search icon to search for ‘Brisbane environmental offsets’. The I Heart BNE logo is in the bottom left corner and the Brisbane City Council logo with tagline 'Dedicated to a better Brisbane' is in the bottom right corner of the screen.

Environmental offset and restoration sites locations

This table provides information about environmental offset and restoration site locations including suburb, location, site details (significant fauna supported by the restoration, corridor links, size of the restoration area) and start date.
Suburb Location Site details (significant fauna supported by the restoration, corridor links, size of the restoration area)  Start date
Anstead Anstead Bushlands - 456 Hawkesbury Road

Brown goshawk, eastern chestnut mouse and squirrel glider

Links to Brisbane River and Anstead Bushland Reserve

8.5ha

June 2016
Bracken Ridge 544 Telegraph Road

Sugar glider and squirrel glider

0.75ha

April 2018
Brighton Goodenia Reserve - 93 Massie Street

Greater glider, squirrel glider and brown goshawk

8ha

May 2017
Brighton Dianella Reserve (North East Wetlands) - 86 Speight Street

Sugar glider, squirrel glider and black-breasted button quail

Links to North East Wetland Reserve

0.69ha

May 2018
Burbank Brisbane Koala Bushlands - 107 Alperton Road

Koala and squirrel glider

Increase the area of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands

7ha

March 2018
Burbank Brisbane Koala Bushlands - 144 Alperton Road

Koala, squirrel glider and great barred frog

Increase the area of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands

2.2ha

March 2018
Burbank Alperton Road Park (Brisbane Koala Bushlands) - 148-150 Alperton Road

Koala and squirrel glider

Increase the area of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands

16.8ha

November 2018
Burbank Leacroft Road Park - 106 Alperton Road

Koala, greater glider, sugar glider, squirrel glider, common dunnart, common planigale, yellow-footed antechinus, red-necked wallaby, great barred frog, osprey and powerful owl

Increase the area of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands

43ha

April 2020
Burbank Leacroft Road Park - 291 Alperton Road

Koala, greater glider, sugar glider, squirrel glider, common dunnart, common planigale, yellow-footed antechinus, red-necked wallaby, great barred frog, osprey and powerful owl

Increase the area of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands

20.09ha

October 2019
Burbank Prout Road Park - 1306 Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road Sugar glider, greater glider, squirrel glider, koala, yellow-footed antechinus, common dunnart, tusked frog, great brown broodfrog, osprey and powerful owl

Links to Belmont Hills and Tingalpa Creek

2.9ha
August 2019
Burbank Prout Road Park - 115 Prout Road

Sugar glider, greater glider, squirrel glider, koala, yellow-footed antechinus, common dunnart, tusked frog, great brown broodfrog, osprey and powerful owl

Links to Belmont Hills and Tingalpa

7.73ha

March 2020
Burbank Prout Road Park - 369 and 429 Prout Road Sugar glider, greater glider, koala, yellow-footed antechinus, common dunnart, tusked frog, great brown broodfrog, osprey and powerful owl

Increases the area of Prout Road Park and links to Belmont Hills and Tingalpa

3.9ha
April 2020
Chermside Packer Place Park - 17 Brentwick Street

Red-necked wallaby, swamp wallaby, black kite, brown goshawk and Australia hobby

Links to 7th Brigade Park and Marchant Park to the east of Chermside Hills Reserves to the west via Downfall Creek

0.5ha

April 2020
Drewvale Drewvale Bushlands -3156-3194 Beaudesert Road

Greater glider, powerful owl and squirrel glider

1.9ha

April 2017
Doolandella Armisfield Street Park - 24 Fred Pham Crescent

Squirrel glider, feather tailed glider and wedge-tailed eagle

2.1ha

April 2018
Doolandella Blunder Creek Reserve - 1202 Blunder Road

Squirrel glider, feather tailed glider and wedge-tailed eagle

4.9ha

February 2019
Karawatha Karawatha Forest - 183-205 Garfield Road

Powerful owl, green-thighed frog, wallum froglet and koala

Increase the area of Karawatha Forest

7.96ha

June 2016
Kholo 664 Lake Manchester Road

Feather tailed glider, koala, pale-vented bush-hen, powerful owl, white-bellied sea-eagle and wedge-tailed eagle

9.61ha

February 2017
Larapinta Sergeant Dan Stiller Memorial Reserve - 100 Logistics Place

Powerful owl, greater glider, grey headed flying fox and swamp wallaby

15.7 ha

May 2018
McDowall Old Northern Road Park - 309-315 Old Northern Road

Koala, squirrel glider and swamp wallaby

1.24ha

April 2018
McDowall Savalas Street Park - 52 Savalas Street

Squirrel glider, swamp wallaby, koala and tusked frog

Links to the Cabbage Tree Creek corridor

0.9ha

November 2018
Mount Gravatt East Lambertia Close Park - 335 Pine Mountain Road

Koala and squirrel glider

1ha

February 2019
Mount Gravatt East Carrara Street Park - 68 Carrara Street and 8 Nurran Street

Koala

0.4ha

September 2019
Moggill John Sprent Reserve - 129 Ellerby Road

Koala, powerful owl and greater glider

0.638ha

April 2018
Parkinson Parkinson Bushland - 183 Johnson Road

Koala, squirrel glider, sugar glider and spotted tail quolls

0.57ha

April 2018
Ransome Mookin-Bah Reserve - 464A Chelsea Road

Spotted grass frog, great brown brood frog, sugar glider, squirrel glider, brown goshawk and koala

3.6ha

May 2019
Stretton Karawatha Forest Park West - 330 Kameruka Street Powerful owl, green-thighed frog, wallum froglet and koala

Increase the area of Karawatha Forest

4.5ha

November 2018
Upper Kedron Ross Road Park - 85-91 Ross Road

Great barred frog, common planigale, sugar glider, pale vented bush-hen and osprey

Links to D'Aguilar National Park

17.5ha

March 2020
Wakerley Mookin-Bah Reserve - 28-116 Greencamp Road

Spotted grass frog, great brown brood frog, sugar glider, squirrel glider, brown goshawk and koala

5.7ha

November 2016

Nest boxes

Council has installed many nest boxes at the environmental offset sites across Brisbane. Nest boxes are installed to supplement the existing tree hollows on environment offset sites. Nest boxes assist wildlife by providing suitable nesting and roosting places which are required by many of Brisbane’s fauna species.  

The provision of nest boxes is one way Council is providing wildlife habitat in line with Brisbane. Clean, Green, Sustainable 2017-2031

Last updated:25 March 2020