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 that may be supported by the restoration, corridor links and size of the restoration area)  Start date
Acacia Ridge Colebard Street Park - 18A Loam Street

This site is located on the north eastern side of Oxley Creek and is part of the Oxley Creek Transformation Master Plan.

25.95 hectares

September 2021
Anstead Anstead Bushlands - 456 Hawkesbury Road

Increasing habitat for the brown goshawk, eastern chestnut mouse and squirrel glider and links to Brisbane River and Anstead Bushland Reserve.

8.5 hectares

June 2016
Bald Hills Tinchi Tamba Wetland Reserve - 397 Wyampa Road

Increasing habitat for a variety of significant bird species such as the white-bellied sea-eagle, osprey, buff-banded rail and Baillon's crake. The site is part of Tinchi Tamba Wetland Reserve and links to Bald Hills Creek and the Pine River.

9 hectares

October 2020
Bracken Ridge Strowe Place Park - 538-544 Telegraph Road

Increasing the area of Strowe Place Park which provides habitat for significant wildlife including sugar glider and squirrel glider with corridor links to bushland parks and Cabbage Tree Creek.

1 hectare

April 2018
Brighton Goodenia Reserve - 93 Massie Street

Increasing the natural habitat areas of Goodenia Reserve for species such as squirrel glider and brown goshawk. Goodenia Reserve is part of the Brighton Wetlands and in close proximity to Third Lagoon Reserve, Dianella Reserve, Cabbage Tree Creek, Bald Hills Creek and the shores of Moreton Bay.

8 hectares

May 2017
Brighton Dianella Reserve - 86 Speight Street

Providing increased habitat areas for significant species such as sugar glider, squirrel glider and black-breasted button quail. Dianella Reserve is part of the Brighton Wetlands which forms part of the North East Wetland Reserve.

0.69 hectare

May 2018
Burbank Alperton Road Park - 144 Alperton Road

Providing increased habitat areas for significant species such as koala, squirrel glider, greater glider and great barred frog within the Alperton Road Bushlands, which forms part of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands.

2.2 hectares

March 2018
Burbank Alperton Road Park - 148-150 Alperton Road

Providing increased habitat areas for significant species such as koala, squirrel glider, greater glider and great barred frog within the Alperton Road Bushlands, which forms part of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands.

16.8 hectares

November 2018
Burbank Leacroft Road Park - 106 Leacroft Road

Increasing the total area of Leacroft Road Park which is part of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands. Providing habitat for significant species including koala, squirrel glider, greater glider, red-necked wallaby, powerful owl and great barred frog.

43 hectares

April 2020
Burbank Leacroft Road Park - 107 Alperton Road

Increasing the total area of Leacroft Road Park which is part of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands. Providing habitat for significant species including koala, squirrel glider, greater glider, red-necked wallaby, powerful owl and great barred frog.

7 hectares
March 2018
Burbank Leacroft Road Park - 291 Alperton Road

Increasing the total area of Leacroft Road Park which is part of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands. Providing habitat for significant species including koala, squirrel glider, greater glider, red-necked wallaby, powerful owl and great barred frog.

20.09 hectares

October 2019
Burbank Prout Road Park - 1306 Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road

Increasing the total area of Prout Road Park which is part of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands. The site links to Leslie Harrison Dam via Tingalpa Creek and provides habitat for species including koala, squirrel glider, greater glider, red-necked wallaby, powerful owl, tusked frog and great barred frog.

2.9 hectares

August 2019
Burbank Prout Road Park - 115 Prout Road

Increasing the total area of Prout Road Park which is part of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands. The site links to Leslie Harrison Dam via Tingalpa Creek and provides habitat for species including koala, squirrel glider, greater glider, red-necked wallaby, powerful owl, tusked frog and great barred frog.

7.73 hectares

March 2020
Burbank Prout Road Park - 369 and 429 Prout Road Increasing the total area of Prout Road Park which is part of the Brisbane Koala Bushlands. The site links to Leslie Harrison Dam via Tingalpa Creek and provides habitat for species including koala, squirrel glider, greater glider, red-necked wallaby, powerful owl, tusked frog and great barred frog.

3.9 hectares
April 2020
Carina Preston Road Park - 5 Kate Street

Providing increased natural habitat for White-bellied sea-eagle, osprey, Lewin’s rail, beeping froglet and squirrel glider and forming part of the Bulimba Creek corridor. Preston Road Park is part of the larger Minnippi Parklands.

1.1 hectares

May 2021
Chandler Chandler Bushland Reserve - 1781 Mt Gravatt-Capalaba Road

The southern boundary of this site is adjacent to Leslie Harrison Dam and provides increased natural habitat areas for greater glider, squirrel glider, koala, powerful owl, brown goshawk, tusked frog and great brown broodfrog.

4.8 hectares

February 2021
Chandler  Tollett Street Reserve - 2907 Old Cleveland Road Chandler

Proving increased habitat area for significant species such as koala and swamp wallaby. This site is located within the Bayside Parklands and is part of a fauna corridor, connecting Leslie Harrison Dam, in the south to Tingalpa creek and Moreton Bay in the north east.

6.6 hectares

September 2021
Chandler  Toronto Road Park - 117 & 143 Toronto Road

Increasing the area of Toronto Road Park which contributes to the Tingalpa Creek corridor and provides natural habitat for Brown goshawk, osprey, koala, red-necked wallaby, swamp wallaby and greater glider.

8.1 hectares

August 2020
Chermside Terry Hampson Reserve - 17 Brentwick Street

Increasing the area of Packer Place Park which provides natural habitat for black cockatoo species, brown goshawk, Australian hobby and many other locally native species.

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

0.5 hectare

April 2020
Drewvale Drewvale Bushlands -3156-3194 Beaudesert Road

Located in the forested upper catchment of Scrubby Creek the site forms part of the Drewvale bushlands, providing habitat for greater glider, powerful owl and squirrel glider.

1.9 hectares

April 2017
Doolandella 59-79 Armisfield Street – Stage 2

Increasing the total area of Armisfield Street Park and providing habitat for species such as squirrel glider, green-thighed frog and wedge-tailed eagle. The site links to Blunder Creek, which is part of the Oxley Creek Catchment.

2.8 hectares
March 2022
Doolandella Armisfield Street Park - Fred Pham Crescent

Increasing the natural habitat areas for significant species such as squirrel glider, green-thighed frog and wedge-tailed eagle. The site links to Blunder Creek, which is part of the Oxley Creek Catchment.

2.1 hectares

April 2018
Doolandella Blunder Creek Reserve - 1202 Blunder Road

Increasing the natural habitat areas for significant species such as squirrel glider, green-thighed frog and wedge-tailed eagle and links directly to Blunder Creek.

4.9 hectares

February 2019
Karawatha Karawatha Forest - 139 and 161 Garfield Road and 477 Wembley Road

Increasing the area of Karawatha Forest and providing greater natural habitat areas for brown goshawk, powerful owl, osprey, glossy black-cockatoo, tusked frog, green-thighed frog, wallum froglet, greater glider and koala.

11.2 hectares

March 2021
Karawatha Karawatha Forest - 183-205 Garfield Road

Increasing the area of Karawatha Forest for powerful owl, green-thighed frog, wallum froglet and koala.

7.96 hectares

June 2016
Kholo Shelley Road Park - 664 Lake Manchester Road

Providing increased natural habitat areas for feather tailed glider, koala, pale-vented bush-hen, powerful owl, white-bellied sea-eagle and wedge-tailed eagle. The site links to forested areas surrounding Lake Manchester.

32.11 hectares

February 2017
Kuraby Voyager Drive Park - 531 Millers Road

Providing increased habitat areas in the park for species such as powerful owl, green-thighed frog, wallum froglet and koala.

8.13 hectares
March 2022
Larapinta Sergeant Dan Stiller Memorial Reserve - 100 Logistics Place

Increasing the natural habitat areas of the reserve which provides habitat for powerful owl, greater glider, grey headed flying fox and swamp wallaby. The site links to Warril Parkland, Glider Forest and the Blunder Creek corridor.

15.7 hectares

May 2018
Mansfield Secam Street Park & Tillack Park - Bulimba Creek corridor

Providing increased natural habitat in these parks for significant species such as koala and squirrel glider and contributing to the Bulimba Creek corridor through links with other local forested parks

15.6 hectares
March 2022
McDowall Old Northern Road Park - 309-315 Old Northern Road

Increasing the area of Old Northern Road Park which links to Savalas Street Park and Sunset Place Park, providing habitat for koala, squirrel glider and swamp wallaby. The site also contributes to the Cabbage Tree Creek corridor.

1.24 hectares

April 2018
McDowall Savalas Street Park - 52 Savalas Street

Increasing the area of Savalas Street Park which links to Old Northern Road Park and Sunset Place Park, providing habitat for Squirrel glider, swamp wallaby, koala and tusked frog. The site also contributes to the Cabbage Tree Creek corridor.

0.9 hectare

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

Providing increased natural habitat in Lambertia Close Park for Brisbane’s significant species such as koala and squirrel glider and contributing to the Bulimba Creek corridor.

1 hectare

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

Providing increased habitat for koala and other locally native species.

0.4 hectare

September 2019
Moggill John Sprent Reserve - 121-129 Ellerby Road

Increasing the natural habitat areas of the reserve for koala, powerful owl and greater glider. The site forms part of the Brisbane River corridor.

2.13 hectare

April 2018
Moggill Priors Pocket Road Park - 458-526 Priors Pocket Road

Providing increased habitat areas in Priors Pocket Park which forms part of the Brisbane River corridor.

10 hectares
March 2022
Parkinson Parkinson Bushland - 183 Johnson Road

Increasing the natural habitat areas of Parkinson Bushlands which forms part of the Karawatha to Greenbank corridor. The site provides habitat for significant species such as koala, squirrel glider and sugar glider.

1.79 hectare

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

Providing increased natural habitat areas in the reserve for species such as spotted grass frog, great brown broodfrog, sugar glider, squirrel glider, brown goshawk and koala. The site forms part of the Bayside Parklands.

3.6 hectares

May 2019
Stretton Stretton Wetland Reserve- 918 Gowan Road

Increasing the natural habitat areas of the reserve for species such as powerful owl, green-thighed frog, wallum froglet and koala.

1.8 hectares
March 2022
Stretton Karawatha Forest Park West - 330 Kameruka Street

Increasing the total area of Karawatha Forest and providing greater natural habitat for powerful owl, green-thighed frog, wallum froglet and koala.

4.5 hectares

November 2018
Tingalpa Murarrie Road Park - 380 Murarrie Road

Part of the Murarrie Road Park with links to other local forested parks via the Bulimba Creek corridor. The site provides habitat for squirrel glider, osprey, great brown broodfrog and glossy ibis.

3.3 hectares

August 2020
Upper Kedron Ross Road Park - 85-91 Ross Road

Increasing the natural habitat areas across the site providing habitat for great barred frog, common planigale, sugar glider, pale-vented bush-hen and osprey. The site links to D'Aguilar National Park via Enoggera Reservoir and Cedar Creek.

17.5 hectares

March 2020
Wacol Progress Road Park - 430 Progress Road

The site forms part of the Bullockhead Creek corridor and links to other parks to the south and north including Pooh Corner, and providing habitat for a variety of species including brown goshawk and osprey.

4.9 hectares

March 2021
Wakerley Chelsea Road Park - 115 & 256 Greencamp Road

Increasing the area of Chelsea Road Park which links to other local forested parks via a tributary of Lota Creek. The site provides habitat for pale-vented bush-hen, brown goshawk, powerful owl, koala, sugar glider and greater glider.

4 hectares

March 2021
Wakerley Greencamp Road Park - 16 & 154 Greencamp Road

Increasing the area of the Ransome Ecological corridor and connecting the Bayside Parklands wetland and bushland areas through to Lota and Tingalpa Creeks. This site provides habitat for species such as koala and greater glider.

2 hectares
October 2021
Wakerley Mookin-Bah Reserve - 28-116 Greencamp Road

Providing increased natural habitat areas in the reserve for species such as spotted grass frog, great brown broodfrog, sugar glider, squirrel glider, brown goshawk and koala. The site forms part of the Bayside Parklands.

5.7 hectares

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: 9 December 2021

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